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New Airline In Bangladesh Offers "escort" Service!  
User currently offlineBiman From Bangladesh, joined Sep 2006, 136 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 28533 times:

"Best Air" made a debut with its first passenger flight (737-200) from Dhaka to Sylhet. What made me laugh was the phrase "The operator ... offering 'escort services' to passengers and individual choice of meals onboard." Not exactly sure what this "escort" service really means - perhaps door to door service? Who knows ....

Best Air is offering domestic flights as starters but are expected to join the nationally owned Biman Bangladesh Airlines and privately owned GMG Airlines on international (China, Malaysia, Thailand and India) routes as well. I wonder if this will have the slightest bit of affect on Biman's management to get their act together and do something about their service ...

 Sad

See:
http://www.thedailystar.net/story.php?nid=19319

28 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineJlk From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 184 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 28355 times:



Quoting Biman (Thread starter):
Not exactly sure what this "escort" service really means

Definitely not the "escort" service that you and I are thinking ...


User currently offlineAlangirvan From New Zealand, joined Nov 2000, 2106 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 28265 times:



Quoting Biman (Thread starter):
on international (China, Malaysia, Thailand and India)

So they have not been given Singapore? Are routes to Pakistan important out of Bangladesh?


User currently offlineNetdhaka From Bangladesh, joined Feb 2004, 183 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 28205 times:



Quoting Alangirvan (Reply 2):
Are routes to Pakistan important out of Bangladesh?

No, they are not. Roughly about 6000 people visit Pakistan every year from Bangladesh where as more than 500,000 visit India.

Middle eastern countries and Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, UK and of coarse India are the most popular destinations out of BD.

By the way, this is the third private airlines launched in Bangladesh. GMG and United is already flying domestic/international routes that are owned by private companies


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4753 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 28208 times:

LOL... Escort services... I think they mean someone who accompanies you from kerbside to aircraft door. Meanwhile this person wipes your mouth while you eat and spoons food into your mouth.


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User currently offlineBiman From Bangladesh, joined Sep 2006, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 28149 times:

Quoting Alangirvan (Reply 2):
So they have not been given Singapore? Are routes to Pakistan important out of Bangladesh?

SIA and Biman operate direct flights to Singapore; Biman might hop over to KL on the way but SIA is non-stop. It would be good to have a flight out of Singapore that connects with the Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul (essentially Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle) flights ... currently a US west coast traveller has to wait almost 12 hours in Singapore for a flight to Dhaka ... and with Biman as your connections, the 12 hours could turn into many more hours ... Biman is simply unreliable where connections are concerned ...

Ideally, a Dhaka to Singapore flight leaving at say 1am that gets into Changi around 6am for the 8am connections to the US would be great. The Singapore to Dhaka flight could then leave around 7am ... competing directly with the existing Thai flight from Singapore to Dhaka via Bangkok .... I can always wish can't I?

Not sure how good the US connections are through KL and Bangkok ... but I heard that Cathay Pacific / Dragon Air connection from San Francisco via Hong Kong have minimal waiting times.

[Edited 2008-01-14 18:20:09]

User currently offlineAlangirvan From New Zealand, joined Nov 2000, 2106 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 27993 times:

Is Royal Bengal Airlines going to happen? I have seen pix of their Dash8.

User currently offlineBiman From Bangladesh, joined Sep 2006, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 27841 times:



Quoting Alangirvan (Reply 6):
Is Royal Bengal Airlines going to happen? I have seen pix of their Dash8.

Where did you see them?


User currently offlineJe89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2360 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 27798 times:
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Quoting Biman (Reply 7):

Where did you see them?

What about United Airways? Haven't heard much about them since seeing their Dash 8 (ex Island Air) at HNL a while back.


User currently offlineNetdhaka From Bangladesh, joined Feb 2004, 183 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 27701 times:



Quoting Je89_w (Reply 8):
What about United Airways? Haven't heard much about them since seeing their Dash 8 (ex Island Air) at HNL a while back.

United Airways has been operating domestic flights using their lone Dash 800 for the last few months. They are claiming to have ferried more than 35,000 passengers so far and are scheduled to add another Dash within a month or so.


User currently offlineECONOMICS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 27601 times:

gret Hooters Air go the extra mile (high)

User currently offlineAlangirvan From New Zealand, joined Nov 2000, 2106 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 27541 times:

http://www.royalbengalairline.com/

User currently offlineDazeflight From Germany, joined Jun 1999, 580 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 27342 times:



Quoting Netdhaka (Reply 3):
No, they are not. Roughly about 6000 people visit Pakistan every year from Bangladesh where as more than 500,000 visit India.

I'm wondering why, conidering Bangladesh used to be East-Pakistan.


User currently offlineCF105Arrow From Canada, joined Oct 2007, 319 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 27185 times:

double post (erased the first one)

[Edited 2008-01-15 04:52:09]

User currently offlineCF105Arrow From Canada, joined Oct 2007, 319 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 27177 times:



Quoting Dazeflight (Reply 12):
I'm wondering why, conidering Bangladesh used to be East-Pakistan.

I am not sure if I understand your point correctly. In case I do, it is because east and west Pakistan where in relation to India. They weren't located next to each other but on each side of India. Therefore, family ties were in India rather than in the Other Pakistan.

Cheers

Sam


User currently offlineSoundtrack From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 284 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 27009 times:

DONT need to blow things things out of proportion, we all know what they mean.

User currently offlineQantas744ER From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1288 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 26143 times:



Quoting Biman (Thread starter):
"escort"

HIV at request  Wink

Leo



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User currently offlineChase From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1054 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 24661 times:



Quoting CF105Arrow (Reply 14):
I am not sure if I understand your point correctly.

I think he/she was possibly asking about residual government or commercial ties, since the two used to be one country?


User currently offlineGr8Circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 3098 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 24286 times:



Quoting Chase (Reply 17):
Quoting CF105Arrow (Reply 14):
I am not sure if I understand your point correctly.

I think he/she was possibly asking about residual government or commercial ties, since the two used to be one country?

You wouldn't ask this question if you knew the circumstances under which E. Pakistan separated and became Bangladesh.... Big grin


User currently offlineHeathrow From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 979 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 23647 times:

Its great to see a new airline operating the 732!! I love this aircraft, and it's sad to see them going. How operates them now? I know 7F and 4N still run these birds.

User currently offlineGr8Circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 3098 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 22726 times:



Quoting Heathrow (Reply 19):
Its great to see a new airline operating the 732!! I love this aircraft, and it's sad to see them going. How operates them now? I know 7F and 4N still run these birds.

You'll find a few in India, being operated by AI now (inherited from CD) ......but they are all being converted to freighters, I think....


User currently offlineChase From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1054 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 22295 times:



Quoting Gr8Circle (Reply 18):
You wouldn't ask this question if you knew the circumstances under which E. Pakistan separated and became Bangladesh.... Big grin

Hmm...while I have learned about Partition (separating E and W Pakistan from India in 1947, you are correct - I do not know about the circumstances of E and W Pakistan becoming Pakistan and Bangladesh. Off to Wikipedia...


User currently offlineCsturdiv From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1456 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 22162 times:



Quoting Netdhaka (Reply 9):
United Airways has been operating domestic flights using their lone Dash 800 for the last few months. They are claiming to have ferried more than 35,000 passengers so far and are scheduled to add another Dash within a month or so.

The CH-Aviation website says they have a second Dash8-100, but it lists it as also being stored at Quebec City. It lists the registration as N810WP, a former Island Air bird also (as with their first Dash8-100).



Posting from somewhere between KORD and KRFD
User currently offlineSXI899 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2008, 269 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 22145 times:



Quoting Je89_w (Reply 8):
What about United Airways? Haven't heard much about them since seeing their Dash 8 (ex Island Air) at HNL a while back.

The next DH8A for United Airways is currently in the paintshop in Goderich, ON. Should be out beginning of Feb to continue to Dhaka. Its MSN363, N810WP, although I don't know what Bangladeshi reg it will get.

Regards,
Yorden



Any Type, Any Time, Anywhere
User currently offlineNetdhaka From Bangladesh, joined Feb 2004, 183 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 20981 times:



Quoting Dazeflight (Reply 12):
I'm wondering why, conidering Bangladesh used to be East-Pakistan.

Some of the reasons mentioned above are correct. Bangladeshi people are much more closely related to the Indian counterpart than Pakistanis. In 1947 when India was divided up, half of Bengali people remained in today’s Bangladesh and other half in Indian West Bengal side. This is true as of today as well. Apart from the vast distance separating Bangladesh and Pakistan, there are not much for Bangladeshi people in Pakistan. In addition, there are some elements of bitterness between the two nations still alive today.

Visa policy might have contributed a little as well. Nearly 100% visa requests are approved for Bangladeshis by the Indian govt. If you check Pakistan foreign ministry website, Bangladesh is NOT included in the 175 countries eligible for tourist visa.

Pakistan Foreign Ministry


25 Post contains links and images Debonair : Any idea of the registration? I think much better is the online-promotion: "FLY NOW, PAY LATER -Fly now and in pay in 1year or more... http://www.bes
26 Abrelosojos : = I am curious. Why is that? I have been to South Asia several times and during my graduate school days at one of the top U.S. institutions, the Bang
27 Post contains images Abrelosojos : " target=_blank>http://www.bestairbd.com/ = OK. I am confused from the website. First, I am curious. What does the slogan in Bengali say? Now, I find
28 Netdhaka : It's totally because of the old folks. They have done a good job in keeping the tension alive by passing on their dismays to the next generations. As
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