Bangladesh airline spreads wings

28 Oct 2008

Best Air, which joined the roster of Bangladesh’s commercial airlines Biman Airlines, Royal Bengal Airlines, United Airways and GMG Airlines recently launched flights to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

The carrier made its debut in January with flights from Dhaka to Chittagong, expanding internationally to destinations such as Dubai, Bangkok and the Maldives.

Domestic operations, however, ceased in mid June due to high fuel prices and low passenger loads, a situation the airline hoped would be temporary. Best Airline spokesman Tito Siddique said: “Our Boeing 737 has a capacity of 118 passengers and flights were 40 percent full on domestic trips. It was more practical to use it for longer, international flights.”

By year-end, Best Air intends to add Guangzhou, Kolkata, Kunming and Bharain to its points overseas. It is also in the process of implementing a loyalty programme.

Sohail Majid, Best Air marketing manager said: “Our clientele consists mostly of workers, corporate travellers employed by multinational companies and delegates attending events in Singapore and Bangkok.”

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Peter Rajendran

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