Biman to add Boeing 747 to its Hajj fleet
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited, the national flag carrier, is going to add a Boeing 747 aircraft to its fleet under Aircraft Crew, Maintenance and Insurance (ACMI) wet lease system to strengthen its services during the Hajj period.
According to sources, the Biman has started the process of procuring the aircraft a bit earlier this time to avoid flight schedule disorders during the next Hajj season.
It is a normal phenomenon in the country to have schedule breakdown during the Hajj period, with thousands of outgoing and incoming Hajj pilgrims subjected to a lot of sufferings.
Biman has already floated a Request for Proposal (RFP) in this regard from the airliners, operators, aircraft owners and leasing companies.
As per the RFP, the first date of the flight of the leased aircraft will start on October 20.
The number of the estimated passengers, to be carried by the aircraft during the Hajj season (October 20, 2009-January 4, 2010), is 15,000-18,000.
The year of manufacture of the aircraft will be not earlier than 1989 and seat capacity not less than 450.
The RFP said that the bidders must provide technical specifications of the aircraft along with aircraft Registration and Manufacturer Serial Number (MSN). The offered aircraft must be qualified to get clearance from General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), Jeddah
(PCA, Jeddah) for operation of Hajj flights.