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12:00 AM, February 01, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 01, 2008

Fourth private airline takes off

Aviana Airways launches operations on Dhaka-Ctg, Dhaka-Sylhet routes

Aviana Airways Chairman Shahidul Islam and Managing Director Squadron Leader (retd) Syed Habibur Rahman, among others, are seen at the launching ceremony of the local airline at Zia International Airport in Dhaka yesterday.Photo: STAR

The country's fourth private airline Avian Airways yesterday launched its operation on domestic routes, offering low fares with an aim to generate new passengers.
The Aviana Airways initially operates flights on Dhaka-Chittagong and Dhaka-Sylhet routes under the brand name of Royal Bengal.
“Our aim is to provide service for our passengers. We hope to attract reasonable number of passengers in our flights,” said Shahidul Islam, chairman of Aviana Airways, at a function at the domestic lounge at Zia International Airport.
The airline, offering lowest fare in domestic market, charges Tk 3,520 and Tk 3,295 for one-way tickets to Dhaka-Chittagong and Dhaka-Sylhet routes.
Aviana Airways will operate three flights a day.
Some analysts have warned that the present level of competition is not sustainable considering the size of the market. However, others hoped cheaper fares would encourage many more people to fly.
“We want to ensure a steady and successful business growth by meeting the aviation demands in the region,” said Aviana Airways Managing Director Squadron Leader (retd) Syed Habibur Rahman.
Aviana Airways is the fourth private airline to compete with the national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines. The others are GMG Airlines, United Airways and Best Aviation. All five will now be competing on the two most popular routes in terms of price and services.
“Air traffic is growing about 8.0 percent a year on an average,” Habibur said, “Most of the carriers operating in the domestic routes usually now receive 65 percent passengers a day compared with their total seat capacity.”
“We want to start our international flights within six months,” the Aviana MD said.

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