Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10068 posts, RR: 11 Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1516 times:
that seems to have been a failed deal, or a very short operation. The aircraft looks as if it hasn´t flown for years. You can even see the overpainted titles of American International. That airline doesn´t exist under this name since 4 or 5 years.
Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10068 posts, RR: 11 Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1503 times:
According to skyliner-aviation its indeed Air Bangladesh this aircraft is prepared for.
This operator is unknown to me. I wonder what it will look like when painted. Its very unlikely it will be operated in the faded Kalitta livery it is now.
PIA747 From Pakistan, joined Apr 2003, 624 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1414 times:
I too have come across a few news reports here and there mentioning that Air Bangladeh will wet lease a B747-400F for routes to Germany. I never expected them to buy a B747-200F, this has to have come real cheap.
Vimanav From India, joined Jul 2003, 1500 posts, RR: 19 Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1390 times:
Regarding Bismillah Airlines, would like to clarify that Bismillah Airlines is just a paper entity who holds an operating license but no aircraft of their own. They lend their call sign to various other foreign operators for a certain fee,(including scheduled carriers) who may want to operate freighters or non-scheduled flights under their call sign to avoid paying the otherwise hefty royalty that is imposed on non-Bangladeshi carriers. EK is one of the carriers who operate freighters with the Bismillah call sign.
Sarfaroshi kii tamannaa ab hamaare dil mein hai, Dekhnaa hai zor kitnaa baazu-e-qaatil mein hai
Planemannyc From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 997 posts, RR: 8 Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1374 times:
Bismillah Airlines does exist, and as far as their operations, they have been operating short-term leased aircraft which have included an L1011 and AN-12s.
Bismillah is a division of the Mollah Group -- which itself is a large export-import company and thus has vested interests in air cargo in Bangladesh. Currently, one of the projects Bismillah has undertaken is to ferry shrimps from Cox's Bazar to Jessore via Chittagong in Bangladesh. All of Bismillah's aircraft seem to be short term dry lease and the only identifying marks on the aircraft are a small label stuck on the fuselage.
As far as I know, Air Bangladesh and Bismillah are not related, but then again, who knows in the intricate affairs of Bangladeshi business folks. Air Bangladesh, as reported, ran intro trouble 2 years ago with hajj operations, but I suppose they have now sorted out enough of their problems to lease a B747.
Cargo demands in Bangladesh are rising much faster than passenger volume, and I am not surprised to see more than one entrant in the market -- especially since Biman has no dedicated freighters.