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Flying Biman To Kathmandu Tomorrow  
User currently offlineCchan From New Zealand, joined May 2003, 1761 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3121 times:

Getting excitied! Flying Biman for the first time, from Dhaka to Kathmandu. Since a lot of members have negative comments on Biman, I wonder what it's like. They seem to have 2 versions of the schedule, the one on amadeus and other reservation systems say BG701 will be a 737 tomorrow, and departs at 1530. The version at the Biman office says BG701 will be a F28 tomorrow, and departs at 1330. Wondering which is the more reliable one...I guess I'll find out tomorrow.

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User currently offlineZizou From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 1535 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3049 times:

Cchan, Biman flights are really hit and miss, either its good or terrible. There is a trip report aboard Biman: Brussels-Dhaka-Bangkok vv. Have read of that, it might give you a few ideas of what to expect.

Nevertheless, have a great trip on Biman and I hope I can expect to read a trip report soon!


User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2989 times:

Cchan
There are TWO flights tomorrow from DAC to KTM

BG703 on a F28 and BG701 on a 737. Check which one is on your ticket or which you are booked for.

I had a great time on Biman as well but I only had short segments such as BKK-RGN-DAC,DAC-CGP,CXB-CGP and CGP-DAC on F28, 310 and D1C.

If you know Bangladesh and other South Asian countries you might know what to expect. Enjoy your flight!



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User currently offlineAr385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6214 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2960 times:
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God bless you and may you arrive safe, and may the trip fulfill the expectancy in your heart.

AR385



MGGS
User currently offlinePlanemannyc From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1008 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2930 times:
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Gabe is absolutely right, Cchan....for some strange reason, Biman flies to KTM two flights on Mondays and Wednesdays, flights leaving only 2 hours apart (yet, they don't fly the route on a daily basis). Yet another mysterious Biman scheduling oddity....If there are that many more passengers on Mon and Wed, why not use the A310 on those days.

Anyway, CChan, enjoy your flight. Hope you have a great view of the mountains on your approach (I think starboard side is better....going back to your earlier query). Let us know how it goes.

Best,

Wasim


User currently offlineMehtabrahman From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 228 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2894 times:

Bon voyage, CChan!

Hope you have a good flight with Biman.

Be positive about Biman, and I am sure you will have a great flight (if I dare say!).  Smile



[Edited 2003-11-04 16:27:30]

User currently offlineCchan From New Zealand, joined May 2003, 1761 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2808 times:

Thanks guys,

I survived the Biman flight. I was on BG701. It was a Fokker 28. We had a slight (15 min) delay because the Everest Marathon group's luggage can't fit in the overhead bins. Service was good. It was a smooth flight, and I had some nice mountain views before landing. The aircraft was very old, the interior condition was pretty bad, and the air-cond system was very noisy.

Overall, it was much better than I expected. I think their main problem is with their equippment, rather than service. The DAC-CCU flight that afternoon was delayed for about 5-6 hours for good reason...they were fixing that 737 in the hanger.

My next flight will be BG704 KTM-DAC on 10 Nov. Looking forward to that.

Regards from Kathmandu


User currently offlinePlanemannyc From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1008 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2760 times:
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Good to hear that you had a good flight. I think you will also fly an F-28 on your return flight. Where do you fly from there?

Anyway, have a great trip in Nepal.

Wasim


User currently offlineCchan From New Zealand, joined May 2003, 1761 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2674 times:

Just got off another Biman flight KTM-DAC. The same aircraft I had on DAC-KTM, S2-ACH. Service was not as good. One of the air hostess was the rude type, the other 2 were ok. Food was just sandwich and cake, taste ok, but not the type for dinner. It's a short flight, 1hr 15min, so it's still acceptable. Flight was delayed for 30min, but that's still better than my expectations (I expected BG704 would be cancelled as the earlier flight BG702 was delayed for nearly 2 hours and departed 30 min before my flight).

I suppose the worst thing about flying Biman is the annoying fellow passengers who try to be first in everything.

Overall, the international service Biman provided to me is acceptable. They're a cheap airline, so I don't expect much. Biman is certainly not as bad as what many people think. It maybe better if I went on a 737, as the aircrafts look newer and more reliable. Judging for the exterior, I think their 737s are the best aircrafts in their fleet for safety.

Will try their domestic service to Chittagong on Wednesday.


User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 32
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2665 times:

Cchan,
I'm glad you "enjoyed" your first Biman experience.

May I ask you why you are going to CGP? There is a new airport and it is supposed to have a viewing area (have seen a sign there) and I wonder if there is really one and if there are possibilities to get some nice shots.

Have fun with your fellow pax on the DAC-CGP flight  Smile



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User currently offlineCchan From New Zealand, joined May 2003, 1761 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2652 times:

Rather than staying in Dhaka, waiting for the next Dragonair flight to Hong Kong. I thought it probably will be a good idea to go to see another Bangladesh city as well. It's not expensive afterall. I'll see whether there's a nice new airport spotting area in Chittagong, and will let you know. Dhaka airport is a spotter's nightmare. The best spots are the areas in the international terminal around Gate 1 (for aircrafts parked outside the domestic terminal) and Gate 6 (for aircrafts in the hanger). Most of the aircrafts I've seen in Dhaka belongs to Biman.

User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 32
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2632 times:

Cchan
Yeah, DAC is very bad. Mainly Biman and if you are lucky some Arab/Asian carriers as well.

Taking pictures at the Domestic Airport in DAC is only possible when walking/driving to the aircraft and the security doesn't like you taking pictures at all.

I would prefer to stay in DAC iso CGP but if you have enough time, a trip down to CXB (Cox's Bazaar) would be nice as well. Next time I'm going there I would like to go to Sylet which has to be nice as well.



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User currently offlineCchan From New Zealand, joined May 2003, 1761 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2569 times:

Yes, there's an observation deck in CGP, I just paid Tk20 to visit there this morning, see Trip report forum.

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