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Topic: Regent Airways Dash 8, Thai 777 To Bangladesh
Username: Superfly
Posted 2012-10-24 12:28:38 and read 8919 times.


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Last week I had to visit Bangladesh for work. Me and two co-workers had to do a site inspection/evaluation for a project in the northeast part of Bangladesh. This was my first time visiting Bangladesh and I knew I would end up here for one reason or another. If for no other reason, a chance to fly on their DC-10 but that didn’t happen on this trip.
This time the company put us on Thai Airways. This was my first time on their 777. Everything went flawless in terms of boarding and departure time. Despite the rain from typhoon, the flight left on time and boarding was swift. Once again, my seat karma came through as I had a window seat and no one next to me. Thai Airways 777 has gone to the 3-3-3 seating which was originally started by on Aeroflot on their IL-86 and 96.
My colleague had the aisle seat and we used the middle seat to place our cameras, android phones and to put our extra drinks on the middle tray table.


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This was a full flight with the only empty seat being between me and my colleague.
We takeoff on time and in-flight service began. The crew was friendly, professional and beautiful as always. Hot towels comes first before our meals. The in-flight meal this time was hot buns with butter, chicken curry with rice & shrimp salad, peas and some other sweet pastry thingy that I had no idea what it was. I gave it to my colleague because he liked his. I don’t like sweets. As much as I love Asian food, I’m not in to the desserts. They’re too sweet.
Meal was chased down with 2 Singha beers and capped off with Cognac as my dessert.


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Due to the storm it was a white blanket of clouds throughout the flight so I couldn’t see Burma (Myanmar). Didn’t see ground until we were descending in to Dhaka. Once we broke beneath the clouds, I could see the flooded delta of Bangladesh.
Quite shocking to see electrical power-lines sitting in water.

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We touchdown in Dhaka and taxi to the gate.

Very impressive VIP terminals
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The local Bengals on the aircraft all were getting up getting their suitcases while we were still taxiing. The flight crew had to tell them to sit down but they wouldn’t listen. Even the captain made an announcement telling them to sit but they refused.
Me and my colleagues were really concerned about our connecting flight to Syhlet on Regent Airways. We couldn’t understand why they booked us with a 30 minute connection time.

As soon as we walked off the plane, we’re greeted by an extremely foul stench in the air. We would smell that odor throughout our visit in Bangladesh. Going through customs was slow and we knew at that point that there was no way that we were going to make that flight. After going through customs, we saw a driver holding a sign with our names. He rushed us off in to a van and he gets on the mobile phone and tells the agent at Regent to hold the flight for us at the request of the name of our client. Apparently he is a very powerful and influential person in Bangladesh.
The van takes us out of the airport to do a U-turn back to the airport to the domestic terminal.
Dhaka has a beautiful airport terminal! I really like this era of architecture. I think this a gorgeous building and probably the most beautiful airport terminal and very suitable for this climate. I hope they never change this building.


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Our tickets are handed to us as we get out the van and then we’re rushed out back and thrown in to a Volvo sedan with VIP markings and we’re driven across the tarmac to our Regent Dash 8 that would take us to Syhlet. An excellent way to get some great aircraft close-up photos.
Once we get out, I see the car has Regent Airways marking on it.
We board the plane and the last 3 open seats were waiting for us. We had exit row up front. As soon as we got on and buckled our seats, the door was shut and off we went.

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The last time I was on a Dash 8 was on Island Air (Aloha Air) in Hawaii back in 2000. This time, the take-off roll was long for a Dash-8. We were fully-loaded and it’s also hotter and very humid compared to Moloka’i.

As you can see, this is an ex-Lufthansa Dash-8 as the galley cart still has the Lufthansa logo. The single flight attendant was friendly and rather curious as to whom we were. We were the only non-Bangladeshis on the flight.
I was able to get a lot of aerial photos of Dhaka and the Bangladesh countryside.
Lots, and lots of floods, rivers, puddles with roads snaking through the puddles. Our Dash-8 was literally a puddle-jumper since the Syhlet airport is surrounded by a large puddle. The flight time was about 40 minutes.



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As we got closer to Syhlet, the landscape became greener but there were still puddles surrounded buy patches if green and roads snaking through the puddles as far as the eye could see.



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We touchdown in Syhlet and the weather was sunny, still very hot & humid.
We’re picked up by our client’s driver. The beggars were very aggressive and our client’s driver had to shout at them and push them away. Already it felt as though we were in a semi-hostile environment. The journey to the work site was a 2 hour ride of near head-on collisions, honking horns, dodging roaming cows, lambs, chickens as well as people crossing the road, people pedaling their rickshaws and avoiding other cars.
I really wanted to get a photo but the ride was extremely bouncy and difficult to get a focused shot of the scenery.
After about 2 hours of that adventure, we arrive at the guesthouse our client put us up at in the Moulvibazar region of Bangladesh.

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The guesthouse looked very impressive. It was a 1920s era British colonial era home surrounded by tea plantations. It was beautiful scenery but the place still had a strange odor. As impressive as the place was, it looked like the place hadn’t had any guest in over 20 years. No water pressure and the water that came from the faucets was brown initially and had an extremely foul stench. This guesthouse could be an amazing place if properly maintained.



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I wont go in to the details of the site visit but one thing I couldn’t help notice was the presence of spiders. Although I’m not afraid of spiders, there were a lot of some really strange looking ones that I’m sure can deliver a painful bite. The site inspection went on for several days and we did what we needed to do.




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Bangladesh was not a pleasant place to visit. In my trip reports, I don’t like to say bad things about the countries I visit but it’s hard to find good things to say about Bangladesh. I know it’s a poor country and all but the poverty is only a part of the problems there. I’ve been to other poor countries too that were far more pleasant and interesting and I’m not speaking from a tourist point of view.

Our client was very nice and polite to us and did everything to make our in stay a pleasant one. Even had food imported in from England so we wouldn’t get sick from the local food. Unfortunately he was very rude, nasty and downright mean towards his staff and the local people in the village. We were taken back by all of this. Because of his wealth and power, he treats those beneath him worse than the dirt on the bottom of shoe. I’ve seen this behavior by a few of his associates that are also wealthy Bangladeshi. I’ve never seen this sort of lack of respect due to their rank in society. It was very uncomfortable to see this face to face. Is this normal in Bangladesh? I certianly hope not.
Every minute spend in Bangladesh felt like an hour. We speed up our workload and left 3 days earlier than planned.
He did take us to a tea house up in the hills. That would have been neat to see in the day time but it was already dark when we got there.



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I had asked our client why we were booked with such a short connection time from Dhaka to Syhlet. He said that the later flight was on Biman and he was afraid to put us on Biman. I would find out that the flight would have been on a DC-10! ! ! ! !  Wow!
I was livid knowing that I could have got a DC-10 flight on this trip. The last time I flew on a DC-10 was an American Airlines DC-10 from Chicago to Los Angeles in 1992.
I was trying to get the DC-10 flight from Syhlet to Dhaka but it was in 3 days. I really didn’t want to spend another minute in Bangladesh so an extra 3 days was out of the picture.

The ride from Moulvibazar back to Dhaka was 4 hours of speeding, avoiding near head-on collisions, abrupt lane changes, braking, speeding up, honking, avoiding hitting cows, lambs, people, other cars and other random objects that would cross the road. As we got closer to Dhaka, the traffic build up got more intense. That is where I saw the intensity and mayhem of Bangladesh. Extreme poverty, muddy streets, dirty rivers, desperation and just all around miserable conditions. On two occasions, our van was pounded on by a local village people that just didn’t like our client/host. My guess is that he and his circle of elites are lot liked very much.


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Although not entirely related to the trip report, there was an inncodent that underscores the hostility and intense mood of Bangladesh. While we were en-route to the airport, we would find out that one our client’s staff members was attacked by an angry mob of 200 people when he borrowed his bosses SUV to buy a few items at the store. While trying to make a U-turn to get away from the angry mob, his SUV fell in to a ditch and that’s when the mob jumped on his SUV and busted out the windshield. Then the angry mob realized that they were attacking the wrong guy. They helped him out of the SUV and called the paramedics for him.
As bizarre as this all sounds, I am not surprised at all by this. I got a sense that the local village people do not like this particular person that is in charge of this construction project. Finishing up our work quick and getting out of there was the best thing we could have done.
I really hope that we just had a bad client and not a repesentative sample of Bangladesh.





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We arrive in to Dhaka and get to the airport in a knick of time. It was a 4 hour drive to go 190KM.


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If there is any redeeming value about Bangladesh is their airport terminal. Hazrat Shahjalal is an absolutely beautiful building and probably my favorite airport terminal world wide.
We check in at the Thai Airways check in counter, there was no line. Got a window seat once again, my seat karma strikes again. Window seat with no one next to me.


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Our flight boards on-time and off we go. Got some more aeriel views of Dhaka before flying through the storm clouds.


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I was SO happy to see the Thai Airways flight attendant pushing the liquor cart up the aisle. Bangladesh for the most part doesn’t permit alcohol unless you have a doctor’s permit. This time around I had gin & tonic as my in-flight drink. The meal was chicken curry but it tasted different than on the previous flight.


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We land on time in Bangkok. As the aircraft was taxiing, the passengers from Bangladesh kept getting out of their seats and wanting to walk the aisle while the TG staff had to repeatedly tell them to stay in their seats. This went on all the way until we get to the gate.
Once we arrived, I wanted to kiss the ground because I was so glad to be out of Bangladesh. That is a rather unpleasant but learning experience of a trip that did at least have great time flying and enjoying Thai Airways.
I really wish I could have got the Biman DC-10.




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Topic: RE: Regent Airways Dash 8, Thai 777 To Bangladesh
Username: lychemsa
Posted 2012-10-24 16:12:49 and read 8523 times.

Very interesting report. Thanks.

Topic: RE: Regent Airways Dash 8, Thai 777 To Bangladesh
Username: Quokkas
Posted 2012-10-24 20:03:31 and read 8150 times.

Hi Superfly!

Great trip report featuring an unusual destination and airline. Sorry to learn that your time in Bangladesh was marred by the animosity and bad treatment of people around you.

The meal on board Thai looks good, especially the rice which doesn't appear to be gluggy and sticking together.

The Regent service seems good, especially serving something on a short flight. The attendant sure stacked those boxes high enough. But you left us hanging there: what was actually in them?

That British colonial home is stylishly furnished. Did you try out that hammock? Those spiders have interesting markings.

Your description of the chaotic road conditions reminds me of a couple of other places, LOL.

Sorry to learn that you missed out on the DC-10, especially as your host thought he was doing you a favour. I see you managed to get a photo of a Lockheed L-1011. How many of those are operational these days?

I like those last two photos of the sky and cloud formations.

Thanks for sharing and better luck at getting a DC-10 in future.

Roy / Quokka

Topic: RE: Regent Airways Dash 8, Thai 777 To Bangladesh
Username: Superfly
Posted 2012-10-25 01:04:53 and read 7835 times.

I forgot to mention the registration numbers.

Thai Airways 777HS-TFE
Regent Dash 8 S2-AHA

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 1):
Very interesting report. Thanks.



Certianly one of the most strange trips I've taken.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 2):
The meal on board Thai looks good, especially the rice which doesn't appear to be gluggy and sticking together.


Their chicken curry was delicious!
It rivals the chicken curry I had on Singapore Airlines a few years ago.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 2):
you left us hanging there: what was actually in them?


Just crackers and a small bottle of water. I was glad to see service on a 30 minute Dash 8 flight.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 2):
That British colonial home is stylishly furnished.


That place has so much potential that can be achieved with not much money at all.
All that guesthouse needs is a little TLC. New plumbing, electricity, new door hinges, door knobs and a good scrub down is really all it needs.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 2):
Did you try out that hammock?


Are you kidding?
It was tied to a very thin and rusted out window bar. I'm 120 kilos. It would have broke the bars on the window.
The door came off the hinge to my room due to old rusted out door hinges. The socket to the air conditioner in my room caught on fire due to a rusted out fuse. Luckily it was put out within seconds.
I seriously think no one has stayed there in over 20 years.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 2):
Those spiders have interesting markings.


Any spider experts here? I'd be curious to know what kind they are.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 2):
Your description of the chaotic road conditions reminds me of a couple of other places, LOL.


It makes road conditions here in Bangkok look like a sleepy suburb in the US or Australia.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 2):
Sorry to learn that you missed out on the DC-10, especially as your host thought he was doing you a favour.


It would have been nice but I've been on millions of DC-10s back in the 70s, 80s and early 90s. I do like the interiors on the Biman DC-10.
How was this client to know that an aviation freak was coming to inspect his project.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 2):
I see you managed to get a photo of a Lockheed L-1011. How many of those are operational these days?


Not sure but that one you see is no longer flying. It looks just like the Thai Sky L1011s parked at Don Mueang.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 2):
Thanks for sharing and better luck at getting a DC-10 in future.




Here are some other airplane shots I got was being escorted to the Regent Dash 8.


Pakistan International Airlines A310.

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Topic: RE: Regent Airways Dash 8, Thai 777 To Bangladesh
Username: christao17
Posted 2012-10-25 01:19:02 and read 7811 times.

Interesting trip! Haven't been there and, honestly, don't have much interest to.

Topic: RE: Regent Airways Dash 8, Thai 777 To Bangladesh
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-10-25 04:06:38 and read 7639 times.

Great timing for this report....I'll be in Bangladesh on Monday! Looks like your flights on TG were reasonable. I'm surpised about the lack of PTV though

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
I really hope that we just had a bad client and not a repesentative sample of Bangladesh.

It's a shame you had so many negative experiences. When I was there in April, the only problems I had were the bad driving conditions and lack of booze!

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
This guesthouse could be an amazing place if properly maintained.

I think that applys to nearly all of Bangaldesh!

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):

I was SO happy to see the Thai Airways flight attendant pushing the liquor cart up the aisle. Bangladesh for the most part doesn’t permit alcohol unless you have a doctor’s permit. This time around I had gin & tonic as my in-flight drink.

Ha, you need to take alcohol with you to Bangalesh...so hard to find over there. I've liquored up in Langkawi enough to get me through the week! Great choice to drink too!

Topic: RE: Regent Airways Dash 8, Thai 777 To Bangladesh
Username: Superfly
Posted 2012-10-25 04:43:10 and read 7595 times.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 5):
Great timing for this report....I'll be in Bangladesh on Monday!


Cool. What airline will you fly?
Would be great to read about your experience.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 5):
Looks like your flights on TG were reasonable. I'm surprised about the lack of PTV though


It's just a 2 hour flight to Dhaka. I doubt that Thai is going to waste their better equipped planes on this route. The only other competition on this route is Biman.
TG is using their nicer aircraft to Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei as well as their long distance routes to Los Angeles, Madrid, London, Oslo, etc.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 5):
It's a shame you had so many negative experiences.


I suppose I could go back to fly on a DC-10 and go see a ship wrecking. I've heard they have a very crude way of dismantling ships there.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 5):
I think that applys to nearly all of Bangaldesh!


True.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 5):
Ha, you need to take alcohol with you to Bangalesh...so hard to find over there. I've liquored up in Langkawi enough to get me through the week! Great choice to drink too!


I tend to drink a lot so I would need a whole suitcase for a week.  
See if you can get a doctor's permit in Bangladesh.  

Topic: RE: Regent Airways Dash 8, Thai 777 To Bangladesh
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-10-25 04:52:05 and read 7575 times.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 6):
Cool. What airline will you fly?

Flying MH KUL-DAC...no PTVs for us either  
Quoting Superfly (Reply 6):
I suppose I could go back to fly on a DC-10 and go see a ship wrecking. I've heard they have a very crude way of dismantling ships there.

I've heard aout those ship breaking yards...i'll have to investigate sometime

Quoting Superfly (Reply 6):

I tend to drink a lot so I would need a whole suitcase for a week.
See if you can get a doctor's permit in Bangladesh.

Ha, i'll try and avoid a doctors visit (what would you even say to them?!), and just bring a bottle of vodka or two in my bag

Topic: RE: Regent Airways Dash 8, Thai 777 To Bangladesh
Username: Superfly
Posted 2012-10-25 05:14:35 and read 7539 times.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 7):
Flying MH KUL-DAC


Would like to read about Malaysian Airlines. That is the airline I would have loved to fly on my recent trip to Kuala Lumpur.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 7):
no PTVs for us either


PTVs are overrated.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 7):
Ha, i'll try and avoid a doctors visit (what would you even say to them?!),


"I need a drink".  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 7):
and just bring a bottle of vodka or two in my bag


Makes more sense. That would mean checking my bag or buying at the duty free shop and paying their marked up prices.

Topic: RE: Regent Airways Dash 8, Thai 777 To Bangladesh
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-10-28 06:58:21 and read 6817 times.

Hello, interesting TR!
Nice to see the Regent Air ground in DAC ensuring you to make the connection!
Interesting too see LH markings on the cart as well

Great pics of Bangladesh as well

Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: Regent Airways Dash 8, Thai 777 To Bangladesh
Username: dc9northwest
Posted 2012-10-28 10:09:49 and read 6678 times.

Hi 'Fly,

Nice trip report, even if the trip itself seems to not have been the most pleasant one.

Shame about getting a 777 instead of a DC-10, but who knows when Biman would've gotten you there. They've got a reputation to keep, you know?  

I'm no spider expert, but that first one is a really ugly spider. Wouldn't want to be near it.

I guess this is a different side of Bangladesh... Glad you enjoyed the airport building, at least.

Thanks for the report, Superfly!

Topic: RE: Regent Airways Dash 8, Thai 777 To Bangladesh
Username: Superfly
Posted 2012-10-28 16:09:16 and read 6571 times.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 9):
Nice to see the Regent Air ground in DAC ensuring you to make the connection!


Agreed. I give a huge thumbs-up to the Regent Airways ground staff. Very friendly and accommodating.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 9):
Interesting too see LH markings on the cart as well



The 'AUF' (open) sign was the giveaway for me.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 10):
Shame about getting a 777 instead of a DC-10,


Well Thai hasn't had the DC-10 in over 10 years now and Biman now sends their 777 to Bangkok.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 10):
who knows when Biman would've gotten you there. They've got a reputation to keep, you know?


 
That seems to be what everyone says.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 10):
I'm no spider expert, but that first one is a really ugly spider. Wouldn't want to be near it.


Although scary looking, it was cool to see. I'm just glad I didn't see any snakes.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 10):
I guess this is a different side of Bangladesh... Glad you enjoyed the airport building, at least.


Yes. I didn't see another foreigner (non-Bangladeshi) the entire time I was in the Moulvibazar region. It's as far off the beaten path as one can get in this country. It's beautiful but there is still that lingering smell.

Topic: RE: Regent Airways Dash 8, Thai 777 To Bangladesh
Username: CYP353
Posted 2012-10-29 14:31:34 and read 6348 times.

Very interesting TR indeed!

It just brought back memories of a short stint I had in Bangladesh about a year ago, even if I only stayed in DAC. Oh yeah, driving was absolutely chaotic, and I was glad my hotel was just ten minutes from the terminal!

It was very interesting to see the Regent product, since I didn't get to fly anything except Biman. From how I remember a local spotter's reports, they're about the best of the (regional) bunch there, and their CEO was passionate enough about aviation to help us get some unique shots (sadly, the airport police still has my memory card though, but that's another story *gg*). Very interesting to see what the Sylhet region looks like in daylight, too, since it was 4AM when I passed it (DAC-ZYL-DXB on the A310). I'm glad I didn't get to meet that spider though!


Thanks for sharing!

Tis

Topic: RE: Regent Airways Dash 8, Thai 777 To Bangladesh
Username: MIAspotter
Posted 2012-10-29 15:01:19 and read 6337 times.

Wow interesting report, seems like quite a haphazard adventure. But hey, at least you have a story to tell.

And about those spiders... I think I´ll just get my red pen and give that line on Bangladesh another lick of paint. or If by any unlikely chance I MUST go there, I will enquire about hiring a flamethrower upon arrival. 

MIAspotter.

Topic: RE: Regent Airways Dash 8, Thai 777 To Bangladesh
Username: nethkt
Posted 2012-10-30 01:42:48 and read 6208 times.

Hello Superfly.

Love this interesting trip report to one exotic part of the world, Bangladesh.

HS-TJF THAI Boeing 777-200A is just out today (30OCT2012) after PTV installation.
So now HS-TJA, TJC and TJF are not the -200A with PTV. HS-TJB is under the retrofit program since 12SEP2012.
Rest -200ER, -300 and -300ER are all with PTV long ago.
I believe -200A with PTV will be mainly served MEL as the longest -200A route in THAI's network.
Still, I see this is a waste of money but with THAI's plan to keep these -200As around for some time, maybe it will be worth it.

Food is looking generous and nicely presented as per THAI high-standard.

Thank you for sharing with us.
net-hkt

Topic: RE: Regent Airways Dash 8, Thai 777 To Bangladesh
Username: FI642
Posted 2012-10-30 12:43:29 and read 6092 times.

Great trip report! The only thing I didn't like? The okra!

Topic: RE: Regent Airways Dash 8, Thai 777 To Bangladesh
Username: falstaff
Posted 2012-10-30 14:01:51 and read 6054 times.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Very impressive VIP terminals

That thing looks right out of 1970, so I am sure you were impressed

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
I was able to get a lot of aerial photos of Dhaka

Looks about as crowded as I imagined

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
The beggars were very aggressive

Worse than the bums in San Francisco

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
No water pressure and the water that came from the faucets was brown initially and had an extremely foul stench

I hope you didn't drink any.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Bangladesh for the most part doesn’t permit alcohol unless you have a doctor’s permit

I never want to go there

Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
Not sure but that one you see is no longer flying

I wonder if it was the one in that cockpit DVD I have from 2008? That L1011 was going to Bangladesh. I know it didn't make it there in the DVD, but it eventualy got there,

Topic: RE: Regent Airways Dash 8, Thai 777 To Bangladesh
Username: ATA L1011
Posted 2012-10-30 16:16:07 and read 6002 times.

Quoting falstaff (Reply 16):
I wonder if it was the one in that cockpit DVD I have from 2008? That L1011 was going to Bangladesh. I know it didn't make it there in the DVD, but it eventualy got there,

That would be it, the oldest Tristar that still operational condition and one of the1st built for Eastern in 72. I remember back in 04/05 ish it was still operating with Tradewinds.

Topic: RE: Regent Airways Dash 8, Thai 777 To Bangladesh
Username: Superfly
Posted 2012-10-31 01:38:39 and read 5842 times.

Quoting CYP353 (Reply 12):
they're about the best of the (regional) bunch there, and their CEO was passionate enough about aviation to help us get some unique shots


Wow, that is interesting. Sounds like there is a dis-connect between the Regent CEO and airport police.

Quoting CYP353 (Reply 12):
(sadly, the airport police still has my memory card though, but that's another story *gg*).


Whoa that sucks!  Wow!
I am lucky then to get those photos I got on the tamarac.

Quoting CYP353 (Reply 12):
Very interesting to see what the Sylhet region looks like in daylight


The region 'looks' nice but like the rest of the country, they really need to improve their infrastructure - mainly their waste water management. Even in the picturesque tea plantations, there was still that smell of human waste mixed in with Mercaptan - that additive to natural gas to give it that distinctive smell.

Quoting CYP353 (Reply 12):
it was 4AM when I passed it (DAC-ZYL-DXB on the A310).



Surprised that Sylhet has so much traffic. It looked like a small general aviation airport to me.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 13):
seems like quite a haphazard adventure. But hey, at least you have a story to tell.



Haha, that's true. I can check off Bangladesh as a place I've visited and have stories to tell. Would be great if Bangladesh changes for the better in the near future. Then in 30 years, I can be one of those old guys that sit around talking about how it was "back in my day".   

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 13):
And about those spiders... I think I´ll just get my red pen and give that line on Bangladesh another lick of paint.


So those spiders may kill you but look at the bright-side, you can still fly on a DC-10.  
Quoting nethkt (Reply 14):
HS-TJF THAI Boeing 777-200A is just out today (30OCT2012) after PTV installation.


What about HS-TJE?
That is the plane that I flew on.

Quoting nethkt (Reply 14):
I believe -200A with PTV will be mainly served MEL as the longest -200A route in THAI's network.


Thai will keep the A340-600 on the Sydney route, right?

Quoting nethkt (Reply 14):
Food is looking generous and nicely presented as per THAI high-standard.


  
As always! One of the many reasons I love Thai Airways.  
Quoting FI642 (Reply 15):
Great trip report! The only thing I didn't like? The okra!


That's actually a Thai vegetable called gat-cheup(sp). I like the juice (it's the red stuff sold in bottles on the street) but I don't like the vegetable.

Quoting falstaff (Reply 16):
That thing looks right out of 1970, so I am sure you were impressed


It was love at first site!   
I wish I still had my afro and single piece polyest jumpsuit to take a photo in front of it.
There is already a few DC-10s, L1011s and F-28s in the background.

Quoting falstaff (Reply 16):
Worse than the bums in San Francisco


Much more aggressive but I feel bad for the ones in Bangladesh.

Quoting falstaff (Reply 16):
I hope you didn't drink any.


No way in hell!
I didn't even want to wash my body with this water. The entire time I was there I felt like Pig-Pen - the dirty character from the Peanuts cartoon.

Quoting falstaff (Reply 16):
I never want to go there


Knowing you Bryan, I think that Bangladesh is the worst place on the planet for you.  
Quoting ATA L1011 (Reply 17):
That would be it, the oldest Tristar that still operational condition and one of the1st built for Eastern in 72. I remember back in 04/05 ish it was still operating with Tradewinds.



Does that L1011 still fly?

Topic: RE: Regent Airways Dash 8, Thai 777 To Bangladesh
Username: ATA L1011
Posted 2012-10-31 13:49:18 and read 5656 times.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 18):
Does that L1011 still fly?

I know that it flew in early 2011, around then the CAA Bangladesh suspended Sky Capitals license and it has been parked since.

Topic: RE: Regent Airways Dash 8, Thai 777 To Bangladesh
Username: stipica
Posted 2012-10-31 16:08:27 and read 5611 times.

Hi Superfly !
this is very disturbing report for me but I support your story 100% ... point to society deformations are always beneficial to every individual's ... and off course Regent Airways is something new to study for me ... thanks stipica  

Topic: RE: Regent Airways Dash 8, Thai 777 To Bangladesh
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2012-10-31 22:16:39 and read 5531 times.

Hi Superfly,

very interesting report about your trip to Bangladesh!

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
As you can see, this is an ex-Lufthansa Dash-8 as the galley cart still has the Lufthansa logo.
Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
Regent Dash 8 S2-AHA

It was operated by Augsburg Airways as D-BLEJ. I flew on that bird twice in 2007 and even wrote a report about it:

Hubbing For 162 Miles: HOQ-FRA-STR Ret On IQ/EW/LH (by PlaneHunter Jun 28 2007 in Trip Reports)

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Our client was very nice and polite to us and did everything to make our in stay a pleasant one. Even had food imported in from England so we wouldn’t get sick from the local food. Unfortunately he was very rude, nasty and downright mean towards his staff and the local people in the village. We were taken back by all of this. Because of his wealth and power, he treats those beneath him worse than the dirt on the bottom of shoe. I’ve seen this behavior by a few of his associates that are also wealthy Bangladeshi.
Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):

The ride from Moulvibazar back to Dhaka was 4 hours of speeding, avoiding near head-on collisions, abrupt lane changes, braking, speeding up, honking, avoiding hitting cows, lambs, people, other cars and other random objects that would cross the road. As we got closer to Dhaka, the traffic build up got more intense. That is where I saw the intensity and mayhem of Bangladesh. Extreme poverty, muddy streets, dirty rivers, desperation and just all around miserable conditions. On two occasions, our van was pounded on by a local village people that just didn’t like our client/host. My guess is that he and his circle of elites are lot liked very much.

That's very bad to hear!


PH

Topic: RE: Regent Airways Dash 8, Thai 777 To Bangladesh
Username: abrelosojos
Posted 2012-11-04 15:59:18 and read 5151 times.

Thanks for the report on an airline I had never heard of before! It seems like a decent product for intra-Bangladesh. The product reminds me of Kingfisher. I don't know why. Sorry to hear of your experience in Bangladesh. I usually have had good times.

Saludos,
A.

Topic: RE: Regent Airways Dash 8, Thai 777 To Bangladesh
Username: Superfly
Posted 2012-11-11 11:15:10 and read 5060 times.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 21):
It was operated by Augsburg Airways as D-BLEJ. I flew on that bird twice in 2007 and even wrote a report about it:


Wow, that looks like a fantastic report. I'll read more about it when I get a little bit more time.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 22):
I had never heard of before!


I never heard of it either until this trip.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 22):
I don't know why. Sorry to hear of your experience in Bangladesh.



That's alright. It could have been much worse.

Quoting ATA L1011 (Reply 19):
I know that it flew in early 2011, around then the CAA Bangladesh suspended Sky Capitals license and it has been parked since.


Sad to see such a beautiful jet just sitting there.


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