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Biman sitting idle with large planes

Biman sitting idle with large planes

All six Boeing 777s of Biman remain underutilised for lack of long-haul flights and pilots, causing the national carrier to lose crores of taka every year. “More than 20 percent of the operational capacity of the planes remain unutilised, as we could not open routes in line with their capacity,” an official at Biman's...

Sylhet airport to finally get refuelling station

Sylhet airport to finally get refuelling station

Sixteen years after the Sylhet airport was declared international in 1998, the airport will finally have refuelling facilities for aircraft. The authorities concerned are hopeful that aeroplanes can be refuelled in Sylhet by August. The refuelling station in Sylhet will be complete once South African company Encon Engineering Projects (Pvt) Ltd, which is implementing the...

Ukraine military plane shot down

Ukraine military plane shot down

A Ukrainian military transport aircraft has been shot down in the east, amid fighting with separatist rebels, Ukrainian officials say. The An-26 plane was hit at an altitude of 6,500m (21,325ft), a statement on the presidential website said. It said the plane had been targeted with "a more powerful missile weapon" than a shoulder-carried missile,...

Aviation university on cards

Aviation university on cards

The government will set up an aviation university to provide both theoretical and practical education on aircraft, Civil Aviation Minister Rashed Khan Menon said in parliament today. "We are considering establishing an aviation university keeping in mind the demands of the time," Menon said while replying to a question by ruling Awami League lawmaker Dipu Moni. In a question, Dipu Moni said there is no scope for the meritorious students from the poor and middle-come families to become a pilot as it cost over Tk 27 lakh to receive training of a pilot. Besides, the former...

Facebook buying drone firm

Facebook buying drone firm

Facebook is in negotiations to buy a drone manufacturer with the aim of using its high-altitude autonomous aircraft to beam internet connections to isolated communities in Africa, according to reports. The social networking company is one of the main backers of the internet.org project, which aims to connect the large parts of the world...

Biman's 3rd 777 arrives in Dhaka

The third extended range Boeing 777-300 purchased from the US plane maker landed at Shahjalal International Airport yesterday afternoon. The aircraft, christened Akash Prodip, is expected to be put into operation after the prime minister formally inaugurates it on February 11. Biman officials expect the aircraft would help Biman improve its services and better maintain flight schedule. With an Airbus grounded, the national flag carrier has been struggling to maintain the schedule. “Akash Prodip landed at Dhaka at 12:55pm, 55 minutes behind...

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