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60% Of Biman's Fleet Was Grounded For A Week!  
User currently offlineAirbusCanada From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 331 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 9 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3375 times:

Biman had to written off one DC-10 a few months ago due to landing incident in Chittagong (CGP) and the management decided against a replacement aircraft. A second DC-10 just entered the Hanger at Dhaka (DAC) last week for a D check. A third DC-10 has been sitting at the hanger for six months waiting for a replacement engine. The forth and the fifth one was stuck at Brussels and Kuwait city respectively due to mechanical failure. And finally, one Airbus 310 was in the Hanger for C check.

As a result, five out of six of its DC-10s and one out of four of its 310’s were grounded for about week.(around mid February) That’s 60% of biman’s wide body fleet. The flight schedule went haywire for and passengers started protesting for their flights at Biman’s main hub. A few Bangladeshi labors who work in various Middle Eastern countries lost their job/visa because they could not return to their workplace on time. Every major newspaper in the country ran front page headline on the incident and biman’s CEO (Managing Director) apologized to the passengers.

However, the situation is improving now. The DC-10 that was waiting for a replacement engine is undergoing test runs after receiving an engine from the DC-10 that just entered the hanger for D check. The DC-10 which was grounded in Brussels, safely returned home with the spares for the generator of the 310 that was lying idle in the hangar. AS or Feb 22nd, Biman sources confirmed that, three DC-10 and all 310’s are in operation now.

Finally, Biman’s management who did not replace written off F-28 and DC-10 for months, have woken up and put up tenders to dry/wet lease two wide bodies(300/310/767)just in few days. However, no one was faired or disciplined for the incident.

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User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26020 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3340 times:

Funny yet sad story.

I suppose if they are D checking DC-10s they will be sticking around for another 3-4 years.



From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
User currently offlineYOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4904 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3144 times:

That's a pretty shocking report. What scares me most is that a number of these grounded aircraft were grounded outside Bangladesh in foreign inspections. Makes you wonder if they were fit to fly out of Bangladesh in the first place.

YOWza



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User currently offlineAirbusCanada From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 331 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3057 times:

Quoting YOWza (Reply 2):
That's a pretty shocking report. What scares me most is that a number of these grounded aircraft were grounded outside Bangladesh in foreign inspections

The DC-10 that was grounded outside Bangladesh wasn't grounded by the local inspectors. They were grounded due to mechanical failures. One DC-10 collided with flying birds in Kuwait city. The second one stuck in Brussels after reporting problems in fuel line by the pilot. Unfortunately both incidents happened at the same time. They fly these 20 year old DC-10's more than 12 hours a day. They are suppose to break down like that.


User currently offlineBehramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4827 posts, RR: 44
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2967 times:

Quoting AirbusCanada (Thread starter):
A few Bangladeshi labors who work in various Middle Eastern countries lost their job/visa because they could not return to their workplace on time.

These Bengalis who lost their jobs have no one else to blame but themselves. Some or most of them who live and work in the Gulf know very well BGs legendary reputation of flight delays and cancellations and thus should have flown to DAC on another airline and to get from DAC to CGP or ZYL on GMG Airlines.

They must have flown BG as it probably was the cheapest option but when youre job is on the line and if you value it so much, then its best to pay a bit more and fly a more dependable airline!!!


User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7751 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2803 times:

Was the Chittagong aircraft scrapped, at least it can be parted.

User currently offlineAviasian From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1489 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2761 times:

Quoting Behramjee (Reply 4):
These Bengalis who lost their jobs have no one else to blame but themselves. Some or most of them who live and work in the Gulf know very well BGs legendary reputation of flight delays and cancellations and thus should have flown to DAC on another airline and to get from DAC to CGP or ZYL on GMG Airlines.

They must have flown BG as it probably was the cheapest option but when youre job is on the line and if you value it so much, then its best to pay a bit more and fly a more dependable airline!!!

That's pretty harsh and easy to say when one is not faced with an affordability issue. To these Bengalis, every dollar they could save and bring back to their family is precious . . . hindsight is always perfect vision. I can only say I deeply sympathise with them, and am certain that had they avail themselves to the benefit of celetial wisdom in fortune telling, they too would have elected to pay "a little more" for this trip home. Hopefully with all that publicity surrounding the hiccup at Biman, their employers could exercise some flexibility and reinstate them.

KC Sim


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