US-Bangla Airline is set to add five new aircrafts — two Boeing 737-800 and three ATR 72-600 — to its fleet expanding its wings on three new international routes at the beginning of 2019.
US-Bangla general manager (marketing support and public relation) Kamrul Islam said that the new aircraft would start operating on three new international routes connecting Dhaka with Chennai in India, Colombo in Sri Lanka and Male in Maldives.
He said a huge number of Bangladeshi travel to Chennai for medical tourism while Bangladeshi tourists travel to Colombo and Male, two of the most attractive tourist destinations.
Besides travelling to overseas routes, the new US-Bangla planes will also contribute to an increase in number of domestic flights, he said.
The new Boeing 737-800 will have 164 seats – eight in business class, and 159 in economy class.
At present, there are seven aircraft on the US-Bangla fleet: four 164-seater Boeing 737-800, and three 76-seater Dash 8-Q400, said Kamrul.
US-Bangla Group’s US-Bangla Airlines, a privately owned Bangladeshi airline, started its domestic flight on July 17, 2014 and international flight on May 15, 2016.
At present the airline operating international flights from Dhaka to Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Oman’s Muscat, Qatar’s Doha, China’s Guangzhou, India’s Kolkata and Thailand’s Bangkok.
On domestic routes, it has been operating flights to Cox’s Bazar, Chattogram, Sylhet, Jessore, Syedpur, Barishal and Rajshahi.
The airline chief executive officer Imran Asif said that US-Bangla Airline operated so far 51,000 domestic and international flights in the last four years.
At present, the airlines is operating weekly 300 flights on international and domestic routes. He said US-Bangla Airline gained goodwill for its on-time and safe travels.
US-Bangla Airline director (flight operation) Mashiul Azam said that before departure foreign and domestic engineers ensure technical safety of aircrafts in three steps.
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