NATIONAL flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines will resume flights to New York and Frankfurt this year with newly acquired aircraft.
Following a cash infusion by the Bangladesh government, the airline has signed a five-year dry lease of two Boeing 777-200 from EgyptAir that will be delivered next month, said Kevin Steele, managing director of Biman.
The airline will use the aircraft to resume twice-weekly flights to Frankfurt beginning March 31 after a seven-year hiatus, and has rolled out a 50 per cent discount on fares available for booking until March 18 to mark the occasion.
Biman will also relaunch Dhaka-New York flights in June 2014. Its original Dhaka-Brussels-New York service was terminated in 1996 when the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) downgraded Biman to Category Two safety status for its use of DC-10 aircraft that the aviation body deems unsafe.
FAA and Biman are in talks for Biman’s reversion to Category One status given the change of aircraft model.
Bangladesh has air service agreements with 43 countries but only flies to 18 cities in 15 countries due to lack of aircraft.