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United Bangla 4H 530: JAN/11: CGP-DAC: Y Cabin  
User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5098 posts, RR: 55
Posted (2 years 9 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 9675 times:

Feedback always appreciated.




I > Background:
So my quest to fly Biman's DC-10 had led me to the Bangladeshi port town of Chittagong (CGP). Thankfully, the flight (http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/trip_reports/read.main/203078/) had gone smoothly and was on time. I had not bought a ticket for the return as I had no idea if BG would have been on time. My plan was that if I reached CGP as scheduled, I would run to the United Bangladesh counter and get a seat on the return flight. It was to depart 45 minutes after arrival, and I kept calling them periodically to check if the flight was still open. To be honest, I did not have a plan B. No hotel in CGP, nothing. In any case, my "faith" (luck?) in BG paid off, and I arrived in CGP on time.

Immediately, I went to the United Bangla counter and bought a plane ticket. If I was getting stares in Dhaka, Chittagong was a riot! They are not used to random white man period. They are definitely not used to random white man getting off a DAC flight and wanting to head back to DAC. Anyways, ticket purchase was rather easy affair, and the man printed the ticket on site.

II > Pre-Flight:

a) Before Airport:
United Airways is an airline with its head office in Dhaka. Commencing flights in 2007, with a single DH1, 4H has grown to include MD80's and 310's in its flight and serves several destinations in Bangladesh, South Asia, and the Middle East. It supposedly has a flight to LGW, but I have not found a place to book it thus far ...

Surprisingly, United Bangla has a pretty well equipped Navitaire reservation system, and an overall good website at http://www.uabdl.com/. I did not need to use it, but the system looks pretty impressive for an airline of 5H's size.

b) At Airport:
Chittagong's airport is a rather modest affair. At this point in the evening, it was also a very quiet affair. The Biman flight to Abu-dhabi that I had disembarked from was the last major flight for the day, and only the 5H (United Bangla) flight left to take off. There are interesting murals painted by local artists all across the airport - it sort of reminded me of Guwahati (GAU) airport in north-eastern part of India.

United Bangla was the only airline that had check-in counters open, and I was convinced that I was the last one to check-in given when I purchased the ticket, and given how empty the queue was. In fact, it turned out to be quite the opposite. What the ticket agent "forgot" to mention (and none of the FIDS displayed) was that the 5H flight to DAC was delayed by a good 2 hours. You'd think the man selling you the ticket would advice you of this. C'est la vie.

Anyways, the very excited check-in agent, "so happy to have you in Bangladesh" and "Chittagong is the best" was very nice and quickly issued me a boarding pass and told me that he would personally escort me to the plane as I was a "special guest" of Bangladesh and in Bengali culture the guest is apparently like God. It was all very flattering and again attested to the general warmth of the Bangladeshi people - and again, something very similar across the border in Calcutta.

With two hours to kill, I walked back outside the terminal where there are small shops that sell local junk food. I decided to taste some delicious chicken filled balls (no idea what they are called) and have some spicy tea. Around an hour prior to departure, I went back to the terminal and through a quick security check.

There was nothing to really do at the airport and I kind of listened to my iPod and people watched - there was a smile on my face as I realized what a fortunate person I was to be able to travel around the world, and meet wonderful people.

Boarding was called as soon as the plane arrived from DAC, and we walked to the DH1. As soon as I boarded, I was reminded how small the aircraft was, and how cramped it felt. Thank God for the stage length of the flight. There was one flight attendant on board and he was nice and warm and welcomed me. Y load was 90%.

Airport - External:

(Chittagong Airport)


Check-in:


*


Airport - Internal:

(Beautiful Bangladeshi murals - reminds me a bit of GAU)

*

*

*


(FIDS: First I have ever seen showing "Tomorrow" and "DO")

*

*
(UAW AD)


(Post Security @ CGP)
NONE
*


Scenes of the tarmac:

NONE



Lounge

NONE



Boarding:


(Gate Area)


(Boarding: Walking to the plane)


III> In-Flight:

a) Service Schedule + Impressions:
Completely opposite to Biman's sevice delivery with nothing offered while on the ground, and a small snack/beverage service while in air.

b) Aircraft + Seats:
The first thing you notice about the DH1 is how cramped it feels. It is a small airframe and cramping the 2x2 seating makes it particularly uncomfortable. This cramped feeling is manifested throughout the cabin with no seat recline and minimal leg room space. I am not a particularly tall person, and you can also feel the cabin height when you stand up. Also, I don't think this particular DH1 had any bathroom. Is this normal? The one saving grace was that the leather seats, while narrow, were comfortable. Guess it was fine for a flight of this length ... anything more, and I would be complaining.

Aircraft:
(@ DAC the following day )


Views from Aircraft:

NONE



General Seat Views + Seat Legroom

(Seat)
NONE
*
(Front of seat)
NONE
*
(Seat controls)
NONE
*
(Legroom: cramped)


Seat Recline + Angle View:

(Recline)
NONE
*


Cabin:



(Blanket ++)
NONE

(Bathroom)
NONE



c) Meal + Beverage:
On the outbound flight on Biman, service was limited to the water/juice/candy combination while sitting on the tarmac at DAC. For United Bangla, it was quite the opposite as nothing was offered while on the ground.

After take-off, we were given a small biscuit snack, and a choice of beverages. We were also given some kind of local candy thing which was not really sweet as a candy. Can someone from South Asia please confirm what it is? The locals absolutely loved it!

For a flight of 142 miles, I found it more than adequate. Sitting and typing this in an economy class cabin of an Air Canada flight going from Edmonton to Toronto (near 4 hours) and getting NO snack, I felt that the Bangladeshi carrier was more than generous.

(Take off drinks and candy)

*
(What is this?)


d) Inflight Entertainment:
United Bangla has no IFE. It does not even have an in-flight magazine. I am pretty sure the lack of magazines were not limited to just this flight.

(IFE Screen)
NONE

(“In-flight magazines”, Boarding Passes, etc.: @ CGP, the boarding passes were in handwritten stock - I "stole" a few ... and will now make my own boarding passes)


e) Crew:
The lone male crew member had a very warm vibe about him. He greeted me with a smile and was generous and nice with all the passengers on board. At the end of the flight, he wished all of us for flying UB. What more can one ask for during these short flights?

IV> Post-Flight:
Landing in DAC was smooth and I was out to the taxi ranks in no time - well, let me rephrase - arrived in DAC 2 hours behind, but the airport facilitated a quick exit.



V> Impressions + Scores:
United Bangla is one of the several domestic carriers that have come up in Bangladesh after the liberalization of her skies. It was ample enough for a domestic segment of less than an hour. While the flight being delayed by more time than the actual length of the flight never bodes well, the personnel (ground and air) were nice. The small snack service was also much appreciated.

While the lack of IFE was a significant drawback, as long as it is provided on longer flights, I guess one cannot complain. It does make me wonder what kind of service is there on them anyways.

As mentioned during the BG review, a CGP-DAC segment does not give enough time to judge. Overall, an OK option for short hauls. No thumps up or down for 5H - they didn't go out of the way and I would not do the same for them. However, if the price and schedule is appropriate, then, why not?



VI> Other Trip Reports:

PREMIUM:
9.27: JET AIRWAYS **FIRST** (110): LHR-BOM: 10/2010
9.27: THAI AIRWAYS **FIRST** (108): BKK-LHR: 07/2010
8.66: Brussels Airlines (93): FIH-BRU: 01/2010
8.64: Turkish Airlines (59): JFK-IST: 11/2008
8.63: Jet Airways (88): JFK-BRU: 10/2009
8.61: Air Canada (49): YYZ-SCL: 06/2008
8.54: Turkish Airlines (77): GRU-DKR-IST: 04/2009
8.36: Kingfisher (98): BOM-HKG: 01/2010
8.30: Jet Airways (74): KWI-BOM: 04/2009
8.23: United Airlines (72): SFO-SYD: 03/2009
8.11: Aeroflot (33): MOW-DEL: 09/2007
8.05: Air India (80): CCU-JFK: 06/2009
8.04: Korean Air (40): NRT-ICN: 10/2007
8.02: Delta Airlines (24): JFK-CDG: 08/2007
7.82: UNITED AIRLINES **FIRST** (110): SFO-ICN: 10/2010
7.82: Singapore Airlines (06): EWR-SIN: 09/2006
7.66: Sri Lankan (104): DEL-CMB: 07/2010
7.64: Royal Jordanian (91): AMM-YUL: 12/2009
7.61: China Southern (103): LOS-DXB: 04/2010
7.57: Pakistan Airlines (102): ORD-BCN: 06/2010
7.46: LAN (55): YYZ-JFK: 09/2008
7.38: AMERICAN AIRLINES **FIRST** (112): LHR-JFK: 10/2010
7.38: CATHAY PACIFIC **FIRST** (109): HKG-LHR: 10/2010
7.25: Iran Air (88): BOM-IKA: 12/2009
7.23: Air Pacific (120): NAN-APW-HNL: 01/2011
7.23: Virgin Atlantic (81): BOS-LHR: 07/2009
7.14: Swiss (52): SCL-GRU: 06/2008
7.11: Aer Lingus (105): MAD-IAD: 05/2010
7.11: Austrian (79): VIE-JFK: 06/2009
7.07: Privatair (84): BOM-FRA: 08/2009
7.02: Qatar (68): DOH-JFK: 01/2009
6.96: Etihad (61): JFK-AUH: 12/2008
6.93: Delta Airlines (18): SEA-JFK: 11/2006
6.84: ConViasa (65): CCS-DAM: 01/2009
6.82: Air Burkina (106): BKO-OUA: 06/2010
6.81: Air Canada (17): ICN-YYZ: 10/2006
6.75: Afriqiyah + Libyan (113): CAI-TIP: 11/2010
6.70: KLM (32): EBB-AMS: 08/2007
6.52: Emirates (99): LHR-DXB: 02/2010
6.39: South African (97): EZE-JNB: 01/2010
6.36: Privatair (60): MUC-BOS: 12/2008
6.29: TAM Brasil (96): POA-EZE: 02/2010
6.25: Korean Air (45): NAN-ICN: 10/2007
6.21: Iberia (87): BOS-MAD: 10/2009
6.11: A SKY (107): OUA-COO: 06/2010
6.11: TAP Portugal (53): GRU-OPO: 06/2008
6.00: Gulf Air (75): BOM-BAH: 04/2009
5.88: African Express (89): DXB-NBO: 11/2009
5.75: Singapore Airlines (16): CCU-SIN: 10/2006
5.64: SATA Azores (101): BOS-PDL: 04/2010
5.64: NorthWest (46): ICN-NRT-SEA: 10/2007
5.54: Ethiopian Airlines (95): ADD-BOM: 01/2010
5.46: Icelandair (83): KEF-BOS: 08/2009
5.39: LOT (54): WAW-JFK: 06/2008
5.21: Egypt Air (73): CAI-IST: 02/2009
5.11: Tunisair (115): TUN-ORY: 12/2010
5.07: TACA (66): JFK-SAP: 01/2009
4.89: TAAG Angola (117): TMS-LAD: 12/2010
4.42: Air France: CDG-JNB (25): 08/2007

ECONOMY: Long + Medium:
9.26: Air India (48): JFK-DEL: 02/2008
7.38: Avianca (01): BOG-LIM: 07/2006
7.07: Sri Lankan (62): KWI-CMB: 12/2008
7.00: LAN (94): IPC-SCL: 01/2010
6.81: STP Airways/Euro Atlantic (116): LIS-TMS: 12/2010
6.41: Avianca (78): JFK-BOG: 05/2009
6.41: American Airlines (58): LHR-BOS: 11/2008
6.39: Condor (85): SEZ-FRA: 09/2009
6.26: Jet Blue (21): CUN-JFK: 02/2007
6.11: Caribbean Airlines (119): POS-FLL: 01/2011
6.06: Air Canada (04): YYZ-YVR: 09/2006
5.89: USA 3000 (19): PUJ-BDL: 01/2007
5.85: Spanair (69): MAD-LPA: 02/2009
5.79: Air New Zealand (42): RAR-NAN: 10/2007
5.52: Aerolineas (86): USH-AEP: 10/2009
5.46: TAP Air Portugal (23): OSL-LIS: 05/2007
5.19: Air Europa (70): LPA-MAD: 02/2009
5.16: Iberia (71): MAD-BOS: 02/2009
5.11: Air China (82): FRA-PEK: 08/2009

ECONOMY: Short
8.56: Paramount Airways (38): BLR-MAA: 09/2007
8.56: Kingfisher (64): HYD-CCU: 12/2008
8.24: Kingfisher (14): IXA-GAU: 10/2006
7.87: Indian (34): BOM-MAA: 09/2007
7.72: Alliance Air (13): CCU-IXA: 10/2006
7.57: Indian Airlines (10): DEL-CCU: 09/2006
7.23: West Jet (03): YYC-YVR: 09/2006
7.15: JetLite (37): BOM-GOI: 09/2007
6.98: Air Koryo (100): PEK-FNJ: 04/2010
6.70: Spice Jet (09): CCU-DEL: 09/2006
6.63: Air Fiji (44): NAN-SUV: 10/2007
6.63: Jazeera (67): DAM-KWI: 01/2009
6.58: Air Tran (02): EWR-MDW: 08/2006
6.48: Air India Express (63): CMB-MAA: 12/2008
6.44: CO Micronesia (39): ROR-YAP: 10/2007
6.41: Pacific Sun (43): NAN-SUV: 10/2007
6.37: Skybus (47): SWF-CMH: 02/2008
6.33: Kenya Airways (29): NBO-BJM: 08/2007
6.33: Sky Europe (56): LTN-BTS: 10/2008
6.31: Indigo (15): GAU-CCU: 10/2006
6.31: easyJet (57): BUD-LTN: 11/2008
6.22: Air Link Swazi (28): MTS-JNB: 08/2007
6.22: Air India (36): HYD-BOM: 09/2007
6.13: Adam Air (07): SIN-CGK: 09/2006
6.13: Air Rarotonga (41): RAR-AIT: 10/2007
6.04: Suriname Airways (118): PBM-POS: 01/2011
6.00: Transairways (27): INH-MPM: 08/2007
5.95: Air Canada (05): ALB-YYZ: 09/2006
5.85: SAS Norge (22): OSL-AES: 05/2007
5.81: LAM Mozambique (26): JNB-MPM: 08/2007
5.69: Air Deccan (12): IXZ-CCU: 10/2006
5.67: Rwanda Air Exp (30): KGL-NBO: 08/2007
5.52: Sevenair (114): TOE-TUN: 11/2010
5.37: Felix Airways (92): SCT-SAH: 12/2009
5.11: Aero Republica (76): BOG-CCS: 04/2009
5.07: Go Air (35): MAA-HYD: 09/2007
5.04: Biman (121): DAC-CGP: 01/2011
5.00: Sky Airline (51): IQQ-SCL: 06/2008
4.96: United Bangladesh (122): 01/2011
4.96: Valuair (08): CGK-SIN: 09/2006
4.78: Air Comet Chile (50): SCL-IQQ: 06/2008
4.74: Fly 540 (31): MYD-LAU: 08/2007
4.33: Viva Aerobus (20): ELP-MTY: 02/2007
4.11: Air Sahara (11): CCU-BOM: 09/2006

(Note on Codes: Y – Economy, J – Business, F – First :: I/D – International/Domestic :: SR/MR/LR – Short/Medium/Long Haul)
(Note on Date: Dates are modified to be +/- 3 days from actual flight date to not reveal actual flight pattern)

VII> Other Pictures:

(Thought this 9W ad I found at the airport telling ...)



Live, and let live.
20 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2429 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (2 years 9 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 9196 times:

Always great to read your TR from such "exotic" airlines- well done!

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
The first thing you notice about the DH1 is how cramped it feels.

Well, row 1 should give more legroom- and a toilet should be located right after the cockpit. I was flying FLY540 this year from ZNZ to DAR, without a seatbelt- so you should consider lucky!


User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 885 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (2 years 9 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 9053 times:

Great report as always! The first time I comment on your TR but I've always looked forward reading them!

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
economy class cabin of an Air Canada flight going from Edmonton to Toronto (near 4 hours)

Is there going to be a report on that flight?

Again, great TR! Keep it up!

Rgds,
Sveinn Th.



Flights flown: 280 - Airlines: 40 - Airports: 64 - Next flights: KEF-BOS-EWR-PBI-TPA/SFB-KEF
User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5098 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (2 years 9 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8498 times:

Quoting debonair (Reply 1):

Always great to read your TR from such "exotic" airlines- well done!

= Thanks a lot for the kind words.

Quoting debonair (Reply 1):
Well, row 1 should give more legroom- and a toilet should be located right after the cockpit. I was flying FLY540 this year from ZNZ to DAR, without a seatbelt- so you should consider lucky!

= WHOA! Were you flying standby? Also, are we going to get a trip report?

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 2):
Great report as always! The first time I comment on your TR but I've always looked forward reading them!

= Thank you - and for your first comment.

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 2):
Is there going to be a report on that flight?

Again, great TR! Keep it up!

Rgds,
Sveinn Th.

= Sveinn, not on this particular flight, but I have a whole Canada odyssey to report from soon.

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4269 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (2 years 9 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8493 times:

Hi Alex,

that's another interesting piece of travelling around in Bangladesh indeed! Loved the story, albeit short, it featured an interesting carrier!

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
To be honest, I did not have a plan B. No hotel in CGP, nothing. In any case, my "faith" (luck?) in BG paid off, and I arrived in CGP on time.

Sounds like a great adventure!

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
What the ticket agent "forgot" to mention (and none of the FIDS displayed) was that the 5H flight to DAC was delayed by a good 2 hours.

Haha,... what a joke. But he could've forgotten indeed, because even with the 2 hr delay you had no other choice to reach DAC that night.

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
there was a smile on my face as I realized what a fortunate person I was to be able to travel around the world, and meet wonderful people.

A great gift indeed. I love it, and wish I had more opportunities in these days.

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
@ CGP, the boarding passes were in handwritten stock - I "stole" a few ... and will now make my own boarding passes

Well, I'm looking forward to these 'future flights' and your adventures that comes with them  

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (2 years 9 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 8345 times:

Hi Alex

Great trip report, Enjoyed the read  
Thanks for showing us a new airline! Sorry to hear about your long delay.


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5098 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (2 years 9 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 8182 times:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
that's another interesting piece of travelling around in Bangladesh indeed! Loved the story, albeit short, it featured an interesting carrier!

= Yup. I always struggle to score these "short" flights ... but feel it provides an insight into an unique operation.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):

Haha,... what a joke. But he could've forgotten indeed, because even with the 2 hr delay you had no other choice to reach DAC that night.

= A part of me wished I could have gone into CGP town. I heard the fish is excellent.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
Well, I'm looking forward to these 'future flights' and your adventures that comes with them  

= Thanks Eric.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 5):
Hi Alex

Great trip report, Enjoyed the read  
Thanks for showing us a new airline! Sorry to hear about your long delay.


Greetings
Marc

= Thanks Marc ... the next airline is going to be something you'd approve   ...

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6808 posts, RR: 77
Reply 7, posted (2 years 9 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 7785 times:

Hi Alex,

great report about this little airline, I think it's once again a premiere on a.net.

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Also, I don't think this particular DH1 had any bathroom. Is this normal?

That's odd. I have always thought you'd find that on all Dash 8 planes.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (2 years 9 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 7354 times:

Hi Alex,
what a brilliant report from another part of the world completely unknown for me!

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Thankfully, the flight (http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/trip_reports/read.main/203078/) had gone smoothly and was on time

I really admire you for trusting Biman to be on time! On the other hand, apparently even old dogs can learn new tricks.  
Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
United Airways is an airline with its head office in Dhaka.

I have always wondered what United Airlines (the original!) thinks of their name.

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Surprisingly, United Bangla has a pretty well equipped Navitaire reservation system, and an overall good website at http://www.uabdl.com/. I did not need to use it, but the system looks pretty impressive for an airline of 5H's size.

Indeed it seems they have upgraded their website lately! About a year ago I accidentally stumbled across their website (when aiming to reach the original United Airlines) and back then it was quite a basic website (of course without an online booking engine)

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
As soon as I boarded, I was reminded how small the aircraft was, and how cramped it felt. Thank God for the stage length of the flight.

Hah, it reminds me of the first time I entered the Fokker 50 and the FA told the long man in front of me - "Beware of your head"! And indeed the ceiling was really low inside.

Again thank you for the report.  
717Flyer


User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5098 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (2 years 9 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 7264 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
great report about this little airline, I think it's once again a premiere on a.net.

= Thanks PH.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
That's odd. I have always thought you'd find that on all Dash 8 planes.

= Does anyone know what the definitive answer on this is? You might be right as I might have been too tired to notice?

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 8):
Hi Alex,
what a brilliant report from another part of the world completely unknown for me!

= Thanks a lot 717Flyer.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 8):
On the other hand, apparently even old dogs can learn new tricks.  

=  
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 8):
Indeed it seems they have upgraded their website lately! About a year ago I accidentally stumbled across their website (when aiming to reach the original United Airlines) and back then it was quite a basic website (of course without an online booking engine)

= Ya. I was surprised myself - pretty amazing considering BG did not even have one at that point.

Thanks a lot for reading.

Saludos,
A.



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User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 426 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (2 years 9 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6822 times:

Hi abre los ojos !

I do not know what to comment ... always some surprises from you ... never heard so far for 4H so new material for studies ... all in accordance with yours profile name ...  
Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
To be honest, I did not have a plan B. No hotel in CGP, nothing. In any case, my "faith" (luck?) in BG paid off

I assume that you have enough experience with these situations ...small game for you

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
There are interesting murals painted by local artists all across the airport

nice ... profit should be distributed throughout the society ...

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
a "special guest" of Bangladesh and in Bengali culture the guest is apparently like God. It was all very flattering and again attested to the general warmth of the Bangladeshi people - and again, something very similar across the border in Calcutta.

it still exists in the world ... fine

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
I realized what a fortunate person I was to be able to travel around the world, and meet wonderful people.

probably you deserve it

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
There was one flight attendant on board and he was nice and warm and welcomed me.

it's all a question of upbringing and attitude towards job ... service industry is particularly vulnerable to these facts

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Sitting and typing this in an economy class cabin of an Air Canada flight going from Edmonton to Toronto (near 4 hours

have mercy ... it is too much for me

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
@ CGP, the boarding passes were in handwritten stock - I "stole" a few ... and will now make my own boarding passes)

hahahaha favorite game for the generations of handwritten boarding passes
thank you and good luck ... stipica  



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2472 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (2 years 9 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6707 times:

Hi Alex,

This report happens to be a short but sweet experience with United Bangla. Just look how well you were taken care of by the ground agent and the flight attendant.

I really like the way you emphasize their true hospitality. The two hour delay or the lack of legroom did not seem to matter anymore thanks to them.  

Thank you for sharing. I wish you a Merry Christmas.

Best wishes,
Suryo



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3270 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (2 years 9 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6684 times:

Very interesting report, thanks! Lucky that you could make the connection - shame your flight was so delayed though!


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User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1360 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (2 years 9 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6677 times:

Great report Alejandro, Thanks for sharing!

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Immediately, I went to the United Bangla counter and bought a plane ticket. If I was getting stares in Dhaka, Chittagong was a riot! They are not used to random white man period. They are definitely not used to random white man getting off a DAC flight and wanting to head back to DAC. Anyways, ticket purchase was rather easy affair, and the man printed the ticket on site.

This remaind me of two similar situations of mine, both very exotic but different:
-2 years ago I took a ferry from Singapore to Batam Island, Indonesia. I took a taxi to Batam airport no ticket in hand and I just wanted to be in Bali - if possible - in the evening. it was a mess jumping from ticket counter to ticket coutner (which are located outside the airport in Indonesia). Everything was full. My goal was to get a ticket on a classic 737-200... Finally I got a seat on Kartika Airways to Jambi, a random city in Sumatra... I was impressed that in the little office they gave me an electronic ticket and that when I checked in 2 minutes later they were able to look up my reservation. That said, the boarding pass was printed with an old Epson LX-800 needle printer  
-last year I flew domestically in Belarus from Minsk to Gomel. Took an old Antonov 24 from the city Airport which arrived from kaliningrad, Russia.... It was the only flight and it was not even on the board. I had to pronounce my name several times so that she could translate it in cyrillic and write me my ticket... Yes, sometimes the latin alphabet wouldn't help you...

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Anyways, the very excited check-in agent, "so happy to have you in Bangladesh" and "Chittagong is the best" was very nice and quickly issued me a boarding pass and told me that he would personally escort me to the plane as I was a "special guest" of Bangladesh and in Bengali culture the guest is apparently like God. It was all very flattering and again attested to the general warmth of the Bangladeshi people - and again, something very similar across the border in Calcutta.

Sooooo wonderful. In a lot of countries, maybe especially in this region, people are so friendly. While waiting in the departure lounge for the above mentioned Kartika flights, the handling agent guys (probably less than 20 years old altogether) came tslking to me and try their English. I told them I wanted to fly this specific plane and that in Europe you don't get this anymore. They were thrilled and offered me to take me to the plane once boarding started as first person and make a souvenir picture of me in front of the plane on the apron.


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (2 years 9 months 15 hours ago) and read 6432 times:

Hi,

...and now something WAY out of the ordinary!

Indeed a very interesting a report about a carrier way under most people's radar. Your Bangladeshi experience certainly looks very nice with first the blast from the past with Biman and now a tiny dash in a tiny Dash from "The other" United. Friendly people all around, that is of course very nice!

I've seen the United Bangladesh Mad Dog a few times at Gatwick and have always wondered (and dreamed of doing it of course) how that milk run to Dhaka would be like. How about you do that next, for our benefit of course? Thank you!  


User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6568 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (2 years 9 months 9 hours ago) and read 6262 times:

Hi Alex !

Thanks for another great and interesting report on a very rare carrier!

Apart from the delay and the small plane, they seem to be okay. Too bad you couldn't fly on one of their larger aircraft; the A310 would have been very interesting.....

Thanks for the pictures from DAC as I hope to transit there in a few months..... 

Looking forward very much to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5098 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (2 years 9 months 6 hours ago) and read 6195 times:

Quoting stipica (Reply 10):
I do not know what to comment ... always some surprises from you ... never heard so far for 4H so new material for studies ... all in accordance with yours profile name ...  

= My job is to keep you on your toes  .

Quoting stipica (Reply 10):
I assume that you have enough experience with these situations ...small game for you

= Fair enough ...

Quoting stipica (Reply 10):
it still exists in the world ... fine

= Pretty neat when you find it though ...

Quoting stipica (Reply 10):

hahahaha favorite game for the generations of handwritten boarding passes
thank you and good luck ... stipica  

= I adore hand written boarding passes!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):

This report happens to be a short but sweet experience with United Bangla. Just look how well you were taken care of by the ground agent and the flight attendant.

= Yup Suryo. I have a special place for real hospitality.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
Thank you for sharing. I wish you a Merry Christmas.

= And, Merry Christmas to you Suryo.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 12):
Very interesting report, thanks! Lucky that you could make the connection - shame your flight was so delayed though!

= On this instance, got to see more of CGP.

Quoting reifel (Reply 13):

This remaind me of two similar situations of mine, both very exotic but different:
-2 years ago I took a ferry from Singapore to Batam Island, Indonesia. I took a taxi to Batam airport no ticket in hand and I just wanted to be in Bali - if possible - in the evening. it was a mess jumping from ticket counter to ticket coutner (which are located outside the airport in Indonesia). Everything was full. My goal was to get a ticket on a classic 737-200... Finally I got a seat on Kartika Airways to Jambi, a random city in Sumatra... I was impressed that in the little office they gave me an electronic ticket and that when I checked in 2 minutes later they were able to look up my reservation. That said, the boarding pass was printed with an old Epson LX-800 needle printer  
-last year I flew domestically in Belarus from Minsk to Gomel. Took an old Antonov 24 from the city Airport which arrived from kaliningrad, Russia.... It was the only flight and it was not even on the board. I had to pronounce my name several times so that she could translate it in cyrillic and write me my ticket... Yes, sometimes the latin alphabet wouldn't help you...

= It is stories like these that make travel so much rewarding ... and I bet you will remember this for such a long time ... unlike say another Star Gold lounge in some random city.

Quoting reifel (Reply 13):
Sooooo wonderful. In a lot of countries, maybe especially in this region, people are so friendly. While waiting in the departure lounge for the above mentioned Kartika flights, the handling agent guys (probably less than 20 years old altogether) came tslking to me and try their English. I told them I wanted to fly this specific plane and that in Europe you don't get this anymore. They were thrilled and offered me to take me to the plane once boarding started as first person and make a souvenir picture of me in front of the plane on the apron.

= Not surprised at all. I have actually considered Indonesian hospitality truly legendary and will be writing a report on how one of them went out of their way ... BTW, I had to look up where Jambi was. Why is there not a trip report?!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Indeed a very interesting a report about a carrier way under most people's radar. Your Bangladeshi experience certainly looks very nice with first the blast from the past with Biman and now a tiny dash in a tiny Dash from "The other" United. Friendly people all around, that is of course very nice!

= Thanks FF76 ... It is amazing how perspective gives the word "random" ... not living in Europe anymore, I find your reports to be cool and exotic!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
I've seen the United Bangladesh Mad Dog a few times at Gatwick and have always wondered (and dreamed of doing it of course) how that milk run to Dhaka would be like. How about you do that next, for our benefit of course? Thank you!  

= Haha. I actually spent some time on their website trying to find how I could fly them from LGW ... while it is on the drop down list, I can't actually find a way to book it. You find me a way, and I will see what I can do ...

Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
Apart from the delay and the small plane, they seem to be okay. Too bad you couldn't fly on one of their larger aircraft; the A310 would have been very interesting.....

= Well, if I fly them all, who is going to fly the 310 on their coming up Bangladesh adventure ...

Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
hanks for the pictures from DAC as I hope to transit there in a few months..... 

= Let me know if you need any advice.

BTW, did you get my email. Your email has reached quite a few people at Boeing and they need additional info ...

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6568 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (2 years 9 months 1 hour ago) and read 6102 times:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 16):
BTW, did you get my email. Your email has reached quite a few people at Boeing and they need additional info ...

Saludos,

Thanks Alex! No, haven't received that mail. Perhaps you can send that again ?

Merry Christmas!

Lars



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 18, posted (2 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5913 times:

Hola Alex, nice little report!

Another one of your adventures to exotic parts of the world.

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Anyways, the very excited check-in agent, "so happy to have you in Bangladesh" and "Chittagong is the best" was very nice

Interesting. I guess this had something to do with your equally exotic Liechtenstein passport?  
Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
(Legroom: cramped)

Well, it appears to still be an inch or to from your knees so to me it doesn't look all that cramped. Or maybe I'm wrong?  
Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
(UAW AD)

Hehe, well usually home airlines tend to charge an extra premium for their fares. Suppose their "special fare" applied the same principle, lol.

Thanks for sharing!
//Jonas



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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5098 posts, RR: 55
Reply 19, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5710 times:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
Thanks Alex! No, haven't received that mail. Perhaps you can send that again ?

Merry Christmas!

Lars

= Lars,

Merry Christmas. Something on its way to you.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 18):
Another one of your adventures to exotic parts of the world.

= Jonas, thanks ... we need to get you out of Europe   ...

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 18):
Interesting. I guess this had something to do with your equally exotic Liechtenstein passport?  

= Haha. Maybe! At least it was not like the officer last night in Athens who thought it was a "made up country"!!!

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently onlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 779 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5541 times:

Alex,

another great story from somewhere unknown in this world, please more...

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
there was a smile on my face as I realized what a fortunate person I was to be able to travel around the world, and meet wonderful people.

  

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
You'd think the man selling you the ticket would advice you of this

For what? would have you changed your plan?  


Many thanks for this such unusual little trip

Best wishes for the new year  

EAS



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