From the day Eric Reja Khondker took his first flying lessons, was a dream for him: to fly an aircraft sitting next to his father.
That dream came true for him on Thursday, as chance brought the duo together in the same cockpit -- of a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight.
Captain Khondker Nazmul Islam and his son, first officer Eric together flew a Boeing 737-800 aircraft to Bangkok and back, said Tasnim Akhtar, public relations manager of Biman.
“A lifelong wish fulfilled, a day I’ll never forget!” Eric said in a Facebook post, terming the experience “unreal”.
Tasnim said though they fly for different airlines -- Nazmul for Regent Airways and Eric for Biman -- the opportunity presented itself when Biman leased cockpit crews from Regent.
“This must have been a proud moment and a career highlight for both of them, and Biman would like to congratulate them on this epic flight,” Tasnim said.
“This marks the second time in Bangladesh a father and son were in the same cockpit crew,” Tasnim added, quoting a senior pilot of the national flag carrier.
The first such incident was in 2016, when Capt Sarker Kamal Sayeed and his son Wazid Sayeed flew an airplane on the London-Sylhet and Dhaka route.