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Biman Bangladesh 77W DAC-LHR In Y With Pics  
User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6546 posts, RR: 55
Posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 24322 times:

B A C K G R O U N D



In late March 1997, I decided to fly on all 777 carriers with direct delivery from Boeing. I first started with Korean Air and Thai Airways International in May 97. Since then I’ve flown 777s on many different carriers from all over the world and on many different routes. I’ve completed my 777 flying a few times already after flying AirEurope in 2002, after flying Qatar Airways in 2007 and most recently after having flown on Philippine Airlines last year.

Things got more difficult after having to start dialysis in September 2008 but then a miracle happened; on 11 October 2012 I had a kidney transplant. Just a few weeks later, Biman Bangladesh took delivery of their first Boeing 777 and the planning to get on one of those started. I got well right away but needed time get my strength back. I first planned to do a short flight on Biman as part of a longer trip together with my good friend PlaneHunter. Early in the planning stages, he suddenly told me he had found a great fare SIN-DAC-LHR on BG and suggested we do that route instead. It sounded like a great idea to me so we started looking at exact dates and how to get the schedules work out.

I met up with PlaneHunter in Singapore at around 1300 on 9 May and he had just finished lunch with fellow A.net users Initious and Yapple. He told me he wasn’t feeling well and that he had been seeing a Doctor in Singapore to try to get well. We did some great spotting for about four hours or so but PlaneHunter mostly spent his time at the pharmacy and making phone calls. I was still hoping that he would come along but later as we said good bye to Initious and Yapple, it was clear that he was not well enough to travel. I had really been looking forward to making this tip together with PlaneHunter but realized that I had to do this on my own, something that I have been doing on all my 777 trips expect for the first one on Korean Air when I went with my friend Rich.

I checked in for the flight from Singapore and then said goodbye to PlaneHunter and went to the gate. After a somewhat “interesting” flight from Singapore I was in Dhaka.

T H E T R I P

Date : 9 May 2012
Route : Dhaka – London
Distance :
Flight : BG015
Flight Time: 9:54h
Dep. Time: 10:06
Aircraft : Boeing 777-3E9/ER
Registration : S2-AFO “The Palki”
Dep. Gate : 5
Seat : 9A
Movies : Chariots Of Fire, Water For Elephants, The King’s Speech
199th flight on a 777, 14th flight on a 777-300/ER
Flown on 115 777 frames
48th 777 carrier flown (flown on all 777 carriers with direct delivery from Boeing, for now)

As soon as I arrived in Dhaka, I went to the transfer desk and there was no there but someone showed up after a few minutes. There were only two more people also in transit so not very busy there…..

I explored the terminal and there wasn’t much there some to see or do. There were only seven gates and the terminal was old from the early 1970. It reminded me of smaller version of the old Kai Tak terminal in HKG. There were some departures; GF to BAH, EY to AUH and QR to DOH. It was still dark outside so it was difficult to do spotting. I sat down and rested a bit. When daylight arrived, I went around the gates to see what was there and was happy to see a 77W at gate 5 and I guessed that would be the aircraft for my flight.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/bg77w017.jpg

Some FIDS

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/bg77w020.jpg

Did some spotting; S2-AEH of United Airways.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/BG77WTRIP005.jpg

A lot of advertising had a tiger pattern on it probably because of the known Bengal tigers. Here and ad for the cellphone company Banglalink.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/BG77WTRIP009.jpg

My recent accquired roll on bag had a pattern that fit right in.



Each gate has it’s own gate lounge and you have to go thru security to get in there. As I was walking thru the terminal I was noticing that the gate lounge was open for my flight at gate 5 at 8:20 for a 10:00 departure so I went in. I was only the fifth person thru and it was great not to be a in a very long line. I did some spotting from the gate as more and more people got thru as it got closer and closer to departure.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/BG77WTRIP010.jpg

At about 9:30 the door to the jet bridge opened and people started to board. No announcements of any kind were made, just a mass of people got up and moved towards the door.

I was welcomed aboard by a middle aged flight attendant and made my way to my seat.I was in the third row from the front in the economy section. Business Class is only between door 1 and 2 and the rest of the aircraft is Economy class.
I saw down and first noticed the big screen   .

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/BG77WTRIP014.jpg

Legroom was also good and the seat was comfortable.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/BG77WTRIP016.jpg

There was also a leg rest and a winged head rest to make sleep easier.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/BG77WTRIP019.jpg

There was a single jack for the headphones which I prefer compared to the double jacks you find on some other carriers. Seat color was green and had some red dots on them just like the Bangladeshi flag. A pillow was placed on every seat but no blanket.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/BG77WTRIP018.jpg

The only item in the seat pocket was the safety card; no inflight magazine or airsickness bag.



The aircraft was clean and still had the feel of being a new airplane. No air vent at every seat but that seems to be the norm on newer aircraft. Notice the No computer, no cellphone signs overhead.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/BG77WTRIP023.jpg

Bulkhead decorations

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/BG77WTRIP022.jpg

View from my window before pushback

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/BG77WTRIP021.jpg

Some chewing gum ?



Boarding was completed but people were still changing seats which delayed pushed back for a few minutes. Safety announcements were made in Bengali and English and started with a very short muslim prayer.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/BG77WTRIP029.jpg

The guy behind me was still talking on his cell phone as we were taxing out. The seat next to me remained open which was not surprising as that was where PlaneHunter was to supposed to have been sitting. Otherwise the plane was almost full. I would say a 95% load factor.

After a powerful take off, a drink service was started where they only offered apple juice in a glass along with peanuts.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/BG77WTRIP030.jpg

Half of the flights attendants were female and the other half male. About an hour after take off the meal service started and again no choice was offered; chicken with rice, cucumber salad and rice pudding. Only Coca-cola and Sprite was offered to drink, again only in a glass..

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/BG77WTRIP034.jpg

For people who already had fallen asleep, they were rudely awakend and told, “here, your meal”. The meal was very spicy to me but was otherwise okay. Extra bonus: a toothpick was provided which is a pet peeve of mine. Water was offered as well in a second round of drinks which was much appreciated and later coffee or tea. After the service items had been collected the crew ordered everyone to close their window shades to give people a chance to sleep. I didn’t really like that and thought that was a bit odd since this was a day time flight, but there no other option than to comply. The crew also went around the whole cabin to make sure all window shades were closed.

After the meal service I started to explore the entertainment options and soon discovered that they were very limited. Airshow was available and I had it on for a while. I then looked at the movie options and for English language movies there were four movies in the “new releases” category and the newest of those was about a year old…..There were another 8 other English language movies and I did watch some movies. I first tried to watch some Bangladeshi movies but I couldn’t find any with English subtitles so I settled for the English language options.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/BG77WTRIP037.jpg

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/BG77WTRIP038.jpg

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/BG77WTRIP039.jpg

Second meal was served about two hours before arrival. I’m not really sure what it was but it was too spicy for me so I didn’t eat very much. Only water was offered to drink this time but coffee and tea after the meal.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/BG77WTRIP047.jpg

In the beginning, we were at 32 000 feet and later we climbed up to 34 000. Routing was over DEL, LHE, KBL, the Aral Sea, Donetsk and more or less straight to London from there. The whole IFE system was turned off an hour before departure including the airshow map. This was very annoying and I have never experienced that before on any carrier.

Safety card.



Spot the error.



The crew was not so friendly and was very much acting in a command style; do this, do that.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/BG77WTRIP058.jpg

Biman Bangladesh caters basically only the people from Bangladesh and does not seem to have any ambition to get any other type of passengers. For those people Biman Bangladesh probably serves its purposes well but for other people, it may be a bit different experience.

At least now they a big improvement in service with their new Boeing 777-300/ERs.

This whole trip was vey good and I reached some great milestones; 200th flight on a 777 (LHR-LAX), 900 777 frames seen and 50th UA 777 flown.

I dedicate this report my good friend PlaneHunter who missed out on this unique experince.

The777Man


Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5153 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 24168 times:

Hi, Lars,

congrats and well done.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):

This whole trip was vey good and I reached some great milestones; 200th flight on a 777 (LHR-LAX), 900 777 frames seen and 50th UA 777 flown.

Sure impressive to follow all that milestones and much more good to know that you do more something like this after all that healthy problems.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: Shopping and sun med style!.
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6747 posts, RR: 77
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 24047 times:

Hi Lars my friend,

excellent report, I had been waiting for it after your message earlier today. It's too bad I could not take this flight, but that's life. Honestly, I had expected BG would offer a better product and service on its new flagship.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Early in the planning stages, he suddenly told me he had found a great fare SIN-DAC-LHR on BG and suggested we do that route instead.

Yes, that was a perfect combination with my QF A380 flight to SIN.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
He told me he wasn’t feeling well and that he had been seeing a Doctor in Singapore to try to get well. We did some great spotting for about four hours or so but PlaneHunter mostly spent his time at the pharmacy and making phone calls. I was still hoping that he would come along but later as we said good bye to Initious and Yapple, it was clear that he was not well enough to travel.

That was a tough day. But I made the right decision. I'm glad I was able to go home on the next day. And I enjoyed the flight on Emirates' first A380.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
I had really been looking forward to making this tip together with PlaneHunter but realized that I had to do this on my own, something that I have been doing on all my 777 trips expect for the first one on Korean Air when I went with my friend Rich.

We can try again!

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
199th flight on a 777, 14th flight on a 777-300/ER
Flown on 115 777 frames
48th 777 carrier flown (flown on all 777 carriers with direct delivery from Boeing, for now)

Simply impressive!

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
I saw down and first noticed the big screen
Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Legroom was also good and the seat was comfortable.
Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
There was also a leg rest and a winged head rest to make sleep easier.

All that looks fine!

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Seat color was green and had some red dots on them just like the Bangladeshi flag. A pillow was placed on every seat but no blanket.

I like the green color.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Some chewing gum ?

What a shame!

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
The seat next to me remained open which was not surprising as that was where PlaneHunter was to supposed to have been sitting.

At least you had some more space as a consequence...  

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
bout an hour after take off the meal service started and again no choice was offered; chicken with rice, cucumber salad and rice pudding.

That's doesn't look bad at all!

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
For people who already had fallen asleep, they were rudely awakend and told, “here, your meal”.

Haha, that's funny!

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
After the meal service I started to explore the entertainment options and soon discovered that they were very limited. Airshow was available and I had it on for a while. I then looked at the movie options and for English language movies there were four movies in the “new releases” category and the newest of those was about a year old…..There were another 8 other English language movies and I did watch some movies. I first tried to watch some Bangladeshi movies but I couldn’t find any with English subtitles so I settled for the English language options.

That's indeed disappointing. But I would have watched the airshow all the time anyway.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
I’m not really sure what it was but it was too spicy for me so I didn’t eat very much.

I would have loved to try that!

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Only water was offered to drink this time but coffee and tea after the meal.

Nothing else? No soft drinks, no beer?

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
The whole IFE system was turned off an hour before departure including the airshow map. This was very annoying and I have never experienced that before on any carrier.

That's odd.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Safety card.

Inspired by SIA.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Spot the error.

Nice 737.  

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):

This whole trip was vey good and I reached some great milestones; 200th flight on a 777 (LHR-LAX), 900 777 frames seen and 50th UA 777 flown.

Congratulations!   

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):

I dedicate this report my good friend PlaneHunter who missed out on this unique experince.

Many thanks, Lars.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently onlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3218 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 23963 times:

Nice report Lars - I was looking forward to seeing what BG had done to the 777s. Did you ask about a flight deck visit? Shame PH don't come along - I was looking forward to meeting you two over here.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
I saw down and first noticed the big screen .

Oh, looks quite nice. Shame about the lack of content

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
The meal was very spicy to me but was otherwise okay.

Well, Bangladeshi food is generally quite spicy - I enjoyed most of the stuff I had when I was there though

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
the crew ordered everyone to close their window shades to give people a chance to sleep.

So annoying when crew do that

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Spot the error.

Ha, it that a 737?



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User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6546 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 23308 times:

Thanks for the comments so far:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
congrats and well done.

Thanks Markus!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Sure impressive to follow all that milestones and much more good to know that you do more something like this after all that healthy problems.

Yes, it's great to be in good health again. More trips planned for later this year.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Honestly, I had expected BG would offer a better product and service on its new flagship.

They were pretty much as I had expected except perhaps for the lack of English IFE content.


Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
That was a tough day. But I made the right decision. I'm glad I was able to go home on the next day. And I enjoyed the flight on Emirates' first A380.

Always good to be in good health when you travel. I felt lousy when I was on EK DXB-LAX a few years ago.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
We can try again!

Sure, next is probably Garuda, perhaps late this year.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Simply impressive!

Thanks, but it's been a long time. I have also been very determined  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
That's doesn't look bad at all!

It was pretty good just a bit too spicy for me.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Haha, that's funny!

Perhaps not for the people awakened by the crew....

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Nothing else? No soft drinks, no beer?

No, just water. Don't think Biman serve alcohol at all but it looked like they offered alcohol as part of their duty free sales but I'm not sure.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Nice 737.

Yes, but at least the got the number of exists right along with their locations.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Congratulations!
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
Nice report Lars - I was looking forward to seeing what BG had done to the 777s. Did you ask about a flight deck visit? Shame PH don't come along - I was looking forward to meeting you two over here

Thanks Gabriel! I didn't look into a flight deck visit; forgot about actually.....I was very tired by the time I got there so just went straight to the Bed and Breakfast and grabbed some fast food on the way and then went to sleep.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
Shame about the lack of content

Yes, that was a bit surprising.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
So annoying when crew do that

Yes, I had planned to take some pictures but also it was mostly cloudy almost the whole way so not much to see.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
Ha, it that a 737?

Yes, you can even see the eye-brow windows.

Thanks again for reading and your comments!

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1105 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 23012 times:

Yes, yes, yes! This is a report I was waiting for.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Things got more difficult after having to start dialysis in September 2008 but then a miracle happened; on 11 October 2012 I had a kidney transplant. Just a few weeks later, Biman Bangladesh took delivery of their first Boeing 777 and the planning to get on one of those started. I got well right away but needed time get my strength back.

Hope your recovery is still going smoothly. Very happy to hear this!

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
I had really been looking forward to making this tip together with PlaneHunter but realized that I had to do this on my own, something that I have been doing on all my 777 trips expect for the first one on Korean Air when I went with my friend Rich.

Too bad that PlaneHunter couldn't join you, that sounded like fun.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
After a somewhat “interesting” flight from Singapore I was in Dhaka.

How was the flight interesting? Would love to hear some details if possible.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
At about 9:30 the door to the jet bridge opened and people started to board. No announcements of any kind were made, just a mass of people got up and moved towards the door.

Somewhat annoying yet not unexpected for that part of the world.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
The aircraft was clean and still had the feel of being a new airplane. No air vent at every seat but that seems to be the norm on newer aircraft. Notice the No computer, no cellphone signs overhead.

The cabin and general aircraft ambiance looks surprisingly nice. I hope BG doesn't let the cabin fall into disrepair. The "no electronics" sign is much more useful than the "no smoking" sign. I wonder why not all carriers have the "no electronics" sing.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Some chewing gum ?

Nasty, wonder why it hasn't been cleaned?

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
The guy behind me was still talking on his cell phone as we were taxing out. The seat next to me remained open which was not surprising as that was where PlaneHunter was to supposed to have been sitting. Otherwise the plane was almost full. I would say a 95% load factor.

That's nice that you had a free seat next to you at least!

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
About an hour after take off the meal service started and again no choice was offered; chicken with rice, cucumber salad and rice pudding. Only Coca-cola and Sprite was offered to drink, again only in a glass..

Definitely a sub-par offering.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
I didn’t really like that and thought that was a bit odd since this was a day time flight, but there no other option than to comply. The crew also went around the whole cabin to make sure all window shades were closed.

This is obnoxious, I suppose they are trying to make it more comfortable for sleeping. However, they way they went about this sounds rather rude.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
After the meal service I started to explore the entertainment options and soon discovered that they were very limited.

Again, disappointing! If you are buying a new 77W, why not have at least a decent IFE system?

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
The crew was not so friendly and was very much acting in a command style; do this, do that.

Sounds like BG has a lot more things to improve than just their aircraft. Unfortunately, I don't see anything changing with the current political situation in Bangladesh.

Nonetheless, I would really love to fly on BG's 77Ws at some point for the exotic factor, however, I don't have much of a desire to visit Bangladesh, so it would have to be a transit via DAC.

Thanks a ton for sharing, this was an interesting read for sure!


User currently offlineyapple From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 92 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 22809 times:

Hi Lars,

Nice report and well done on the milestone (of flying on board all airlines with 777s being delivered direct from Boeing)! Very impressive statistics. Nice to have met you too  

A real shame PH couldn't join you.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
I checked in for the flight from Singapore and then said goodbye to PlaneHunter and went to the gate. After a somewhat “interesting” flight from Singapore I was in Dhaka.

How 'interesting' was it? I saw that it wasn't really delayed at all too.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Some chewing gum ?

I thought the interior actually looked quite nice...but this spoilt it.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
After the meal service I started to explore the entertainment options and soon discovered that they were very limited.

I would have thought it would be better.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
The whole IFE system was turned off an hour before departure including the airshow map.

What a turn off!

Once again, a great report and thanks for sharing!

yapple


User currently offlineMEL From Canada, joined Oct 1999, 1098 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 22766 times:

nice trip report Lars. I didn't realize DAC-LHR was such a long flight. No wonder they used to stop in Dubai pre-77W days.


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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1247 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 22367 times:
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Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
In late March 1997, I decided to fly on all 777 carriers with direct delivery from Boeing.

Lars, have you ever flown on PIA? I could not find any or perhaps did not look correctly.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Things got more difficult after having to start dialysis in September 2008 but then a miracle happened; on 11 October 2012 I had a kidney transplant. Just a few weeks later, Biman Bangladesh took delivery of their first Boeing 777 and the planning to get on one of those started. I got well right away but needed time get my strength back.

So glad that you got the kidney transplant and on your way to recovery!!

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
I met up with PlaneHunter in Singapore at around 1300 on 9 May and he had just finished lunch with fellow A.net users Initious and Yapple.

Always nice to meet A.netters.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
I was welcomed aboard by a middle aged flight attendant and made my way to my seat.I was in the third row from the front in the economy section. Business Class is only between door 1 and 2 and the rest of the aircraft is Economy class.

Nice that one can be assured a seat in the front with gorgeous views of the GE-90s....Lovely!!

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
There was a single jack for the headphones which I prefer compared to the double jacks you find on some other carriers. Seat color was green and had some red dots on them just like the Bangladeshi flag. A pillow was placed on every seat but no blanket.

Not sure if like those seat colours or pillows.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
The aircraft was clean and still had the feel of being a new airplane. No air vent at every seat but that seems to be the norm on newer aircraft. Notice the No computer, no cellphone signs overhead.

Really miss those air vents...that gentle breeze of air from the vents and throw in some turbulence and one falls off to sleep so fast!!

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
For people who already had fallen asleep, they were rudely awakend and told, “here, your meal”. The meal was very spicy to me but was otherwise okay. Extra bonus: a toothpick was provided which is a pet peeve of mine. Water was offered as well in a second round of drinks which was much appreciated and later coffee or tea. After the service items had been collected the crew ordered everyone to close their window shades to give people a chance to sleep. I didn’t really like that and thought that was a bit odd since this was a day time flight, but there no other option than to comply. The crew also went around the whole cabin to make sure all window shades were closed.

Looks like they were eager for everyone to be fed and put to bed early lol. Very annoying about the window shades.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
The whole IFE system was turned off an hour before departure including the airshow map. This was very annoying and I have never experienced that before on any carrier.

So the windows shades were down, and there was no IFE as well...WHAT!!! Remind me not to fly with them!!


User currently offlinehimmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1047 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 22165 times:

Is BG a dry airline like SV and PK?


An airplane might disappoint any pilot but it'll never surprise a good one.
User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 21994 times:

Hi Lars,

Good trip report. As others have said, it is a shame that PlaneHunter wasn't fit enough to join you on this flight.

At first sight the aircraft looks good in its fresh colours and tidy interior. It is interesting to note that they have foot rests as a lot of airlines have done away wth them to save weight/ lower costs. Shame about the selfish slobs who stick their gum to the seat backs instead of placing it in tissue or something.

The meals themselves seem OK (although the salad looks meagre) but the drinks on offer appear limited. I am not referring to the lack of alcohol (the saying of a Muslim prayer at take-off suggests most passengers might not drink alcohol) but to their being no choice of fruit juices. It does seem odd on a long haul international flight.

Shades down during daylight flights are annoying. I like to see the country overwhich we are flying but others complain that with the shades up they can't see what is on their IFE screens because of glare. Perhaps the window technology used on the 787 will spread to other types and the problem will be alleviated.

Thanks for the report and I hope that you are able to continue your quest to fly all direct delivered 777s.

Regards,

Roy / Quokka


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1678 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 21806 times:
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Hi Lars!

I’m glad to see another report of you! A new B777 carrier, that means work for you to be done   I’m very impressed with your figures. May many more carriers choose this favourite airplane of yours.
As for Biman, I don’t know quite know what to say, it’s a kinda mixed experience. As for the aircraft in itself: looks nice inside out. Too bad about the limited IFE options, and a choice in meal would be appreciated as well. The crew seemed not the best around, at least it sounds as they were certainly not customer friendly with all the commanding around. Not a good impression...

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
199th flight on a 777, 14th flight on a 777-300/ER
Flown on 115 777 frames

You impress me!

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
and was happy to see a 77W at gate 5 and I guessed that would be the aircraft for my flight.

They have just 1 B777 in the fleet now, right?

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
My recent accquired roll on bag had a pattern that fit right in.

That’s what I call: travelling in style  

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Some chewing gum ?

Yuck, some people don’t have any respect...

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
I dedicate this report my good friend PlaneHunter who missed out on this unique experince.

Nice dedication, I’m sure it’s very much appreciated.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Biman Bangladesh caters basically only the people from Bangladesh and does not seem to have any ambition to get any other type of passengers. For those people Biman Bangladesh probably serves its purposes well but for other people, it may be a bit different experience.

That’s an appropriate concusion I feel.

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 20531 times:

Great Trip Report! I was craving this kind of "exotic" trip report for a while! Well done!

I must say I am shocked for the lack of drink choices. Only water with the second meal? Only Coke or Sprite with your first meal? Totally unacceptable.

I liked that Lima was included in the cities shown in the IFE map  

As you say, Biman probably is the airline for Bangladeshi people, foreigners might as well rather use other airlines.

Once again, thanks for sharing this great report!!!

Adam



Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
User currently offlinethe777man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6546 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 20481 times:

Hi !

Thanks for more comments !

Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 5):

Yes, yes, yes! This is a report I was waiting for.

Thank you! I was looking forward to try them out too  
Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 5):
Hope your recovery is still going smoothly.

I'm recovered now; this was part of a Round The World Trip in 5 days and I had no problem.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 5):
Too bad that PlaneHunter couldn't join you, that sounded like fun.

Yes, that was really too bad. It would have been great fun to fly together especially on a new 777 carrier. Hopefully some other time.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 5):
How was the flight interesting? Would love to hear some details if possible.

95 % of all passengers were laborers and they were treated just like they were in the military; do this, do that. Also the crew stored their roll on bags in empty seats, not strapped down. Also they moved people towards the front for weights and balances purposes and the captain seemed more interested in overseeing the meal service than actually flying the plane......Probably the first time ever I've been concerned about my safety. I was slightly afraid as we were taking off from Singapore and very happy that we actually made it to DAC when we landed there.....

Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 5):
Nasty, wonder why it hasn't been cleaned?

That's easy to miss and it may have been from the inbound flight. I should have let them know so they could clean it.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 5):
Definitely a sub-par offering.

It was what I expected more or less. Not really surprised.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 5):
This is obnoxious, I suppose they are trying to make it more comfortable for sleeping. However, they way they went about this sounds rather rude.

Yes, especially since it was a day flight. Flight left at 1000 and arrived at 1530 so with those times, you'd think that people would mostly be awake. But since the shades were down, a lot of people DID sleep.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 5):
Again, disappointing! If you are buying a new 77W, why not have at least a decent IFE system?

Well, the system was very good; just lacking in content......

Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 5):
Nonetheless, I would really love to fly on BG's 77Ws at some point for the exotic factor, however, I don't have much of a desire to visit Bangladesh, so it would have to be a transit via DAC.

You should try the same route; SIN-DAC-LHR. Cost about USD 610.00 including all taxes. Transit time in DAC about five hours.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 5):
Thanks a ton for sharing, this was an interesting read for sure!

Thanks for your comments! It was an interesting flight1

Quoting yapple (Reply 6):
Nice to have met you too  

Hi Yapple! Great to have met you too! I had a great time spotting. Hope to see you soon again! Thanks for the help with the registrations!

Quoting yapple (Reply 6):
I thought the interior actually looked quite nice...but this spoilt it.

Yes, except for that, the interior was nice.

Quoting yapple (Reply 6):
I would have thought it would be better.

Pretty much as I expected. This is Biman Bangladesh after all.

Quoting yapple (Reply 6):
What a turn off!

Yes, I was very surprised. I can understand if you need to collect headsets but you can still leave the system on. I always use my own headsets.

Quoting MEL (Reply 7):

nice trip report Lars. I didn't realize DAC-LHR was such a long flight. No wonder they used to stop in Dubai pre-77W days.

Thanks Matt! Yes, it's quite a long flight; a bit longer than DEL-LHR and slightly shorter than BKK-LHR. I'm sure it makes a big difference for them to be able to fly nonstop now. The flight continued to MAN as well and then back to DAC.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 8):
Lars, have you ever flown on PIA? I could not find any or perhaps did not look correctly.

Hi Flightsimboy! Thanks for your comment1 Yes, flew PIA 19Feb05 ORD-MAN. I think the meal on them was somewhat similar but better. The crew was certainly much friendlier. I think I did a trip report but with no pictures unfortunately.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 8):
So glad that you got the kidney transplant and on your way to recovery!!

Thanks! I'm recovered now.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 8):
Always nice to meet A.netters

Yes, especially that far away.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 8):
Nice that one can be assured a seat in the front with gorgeous views of the GE-90s....Lovely!!

We requested seats beforehand so that really helped although we requested seats towards the back....

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 8):
Not sure if like those seat colours or pillows.

I like the green color; the red dots look a bit odd.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 8):
Really miss those air vents...that gentle breeze of air from the vents and throw in some turbulence and one falls off to sleep so fast!!

Yes, I did miss them. I usually don't use them very much but it's good to have and when you do want it and it's not there you do really miss it.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 8):
Looks like they were eager for everyone to be fed and put to bed early lol. Very annoying about the window shades.

Yes perhaps. But there was always crew around so it was not like they just disappeared after the meal service like what happens on some carriers.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 8):
So the windows shades were down, and there was no IFE as well...WHAT!!! Remind me not to fly with them!!

I think they mostly cater to Bangladesh travelers and the times aren't suited so well for transit. You have to really make an effort to try them. To avoid them is easy.

Quoting himmat01 (Reply 9):

Is BG a dry airline like SV and PK?

Hi himmat01! Yes, I'm sure Biman Bangladesh is a dry airline. It looked like they did sell Johnny Walker Whiskey as part of Duty Free but I don't think they had any alcohol even in Business class.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
At first sight the aircraft looks good in its fresh colours and tidy interior. It is interesting to note that they have foot rests as a lot of airlines have done away wth them to save weight/ lower costs. Shame about the selfish slobs who stick their gum to the seat backs instead of placing it in tissue or something.

Hi Roy!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
The meals themselves seem OK (although the salad looks meagre) but the drinks on offer appear limited. I am not referring to the lack of alcohol (the saying of a Muslim prayer at take-off suggests most passengers might not drink alcohol) but to their being no choice of fruit juices. It does seem odd on a long haul international flight.

I'm sure it cuts down on cost if you offer less but yes, fruit juices would have been great.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Shades down during daylight flights are annoying. I like to see the country overwhich we are flying but others complain that with the shades up they can't see what is on their IFE screens because of glare. Perhaps the window technology used on the 787 will spread to other types and the problem will be alleviated.

Yes, it was annoying. I have mostly flown Asia-Europe during the night so was looking forward to look out the window on this day flight. However, I took a glance every now and then and it was mostly cloudy.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Thanks for the report and I hope that you are able to continue your quest to fly all direct delivered 777s.

Yes, not so many more now which is okay. I can concentrate on visiting new countries instead.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
I’m glad to see another report of you! A new B777 carrier, that means work for you to be done  I’m very impressed with your figures. May many more carriers choose this favourite airplane of yours.

Hi Nils! Thanks ! It's taken a long time to get to those numbers. Hope a few more carriers get them but nice that there are not so many left. Very much look forward to try the remaining ones as they take delivery, especially Turkmenistan Airlines.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
As for Biman, I don’t know quite know what to say, it’s a kinda mixed experience. As for the aircraft in itself: looks nice inside out. Too bad about the limited IFE options, and a choice in meal would be appreciated as well. The crew seemed not the best around, at least it sounds as they were certainly not customer friendly with all the commanding around. Not a good impression...

Pretty much what I expected but more options would have been nice. Much better than the 313 that I took SIN-DAC just a few hours before in every way you mentioned.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
You impress me!

Thanks !

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
hey have just 1 B777 in the fleet now, right?

They have two now and two more on order.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
That’s what I call: travelling in style  

Thanks ! It's a good sturdy solid bag.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
Nice dedication, I’m sure it’s very much appreciated.

It was really too bad he couldn't go. I was really looking forward to traveling with him, especially on this flight.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
That’s an appropriate concusion I feel.

Thanks! Yes, I think so too.

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 20443 times:

Hi Lars,

This time you really lived up to your username: a very nice report on a very nice (and rare) 777. You make me curious about the type as well - I will catch my first flights on the Triple Seven in a month or so (my first flight on the type will be on Air France but I have a short EK flight booked on the type as well).

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Things got more difficult after having to start dialysis in September 2008 but then a miracle happened; on 11 October 2012 I had a kidney transplant

Good to hear that things went well!

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Early in the planning stages, he suddenly told me he had found a great fare SIN-DAC-LHR on BG and suggested we do that route instead.

May I ask what the fare was?

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Dep. Time: 10:06

Wow, it really looks like Biman is improving its punctuality, at least when it comes to the 777 fleet! I remember reading a report here not long ago featuring a 24h+ delay.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Flown on 115 777 frames
48th 777 carrier flown (flown on all 777 carriers with direct delivery from Boeing, for now)

I guess you've heard this before - but these statistics are very impressive!  
Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
The seat next to me remained open which was not surprising as that was where PlaneHunter was to supposed to have been sitting.

What? No window seat for him?

Thanks again for sharing & happy flying!
717Flyer   


User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8524 posts, RR: 54
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 20254 times:
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Hi Lars,

Great read!

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
having to start dialysis in September 2008 but then a miracle happened; on 11 October 2012 I had a kidney transplant.

- That was great news, just shows there can be light at the end of the tunnel.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
After a somewhat “interesting” flight from Singapore I was in Dhaka.

- Any chance that will be shared with us?

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
199th flight on a 777

- That's an impressive number for sure.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Seat color was green and had some red dots on them just like the Bangladeshi flag

- Quite dull compared to the old interions on BG's A310 & DC-10's.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Some chewing gum ?

- Quite disgusting!

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
After a powerful take off, a drink service was started where they only offered apple juice in a glass along with peanuts.

- Just apple juice? - I'd not have been happy.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
About an hour after take off the meal service started and again no choice was offered; chicken with rice, cucumber salad and rice pudding. Only Coca-cola and Sprite was offered to drink, again only in a glass..

- Unreal that one just meal option was offered on a flight of this length, along with the most minimal drink offerings I have come across, I need wine with dinner!  
Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
For people who already had fallen asleep, they were rudely awakend and told, “here, your meal”

- Hmm, not seen this before, pretty tough crew!

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
After the service items had been collected the crew ordered everyone to close their window shades to give people a chance to sleep. I didn’t really like that and thought that was a bit odd since this was a day time flight, but there no other option than to comply. The crew also went around the whole cabin to make sure all window shades were closed.

- If people want to sleep on a daytime flight they should use an eyemask, that's what they were made for! - The whole thing reminds me of the window shades being dimmed on my ANA 787 flight.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Second meal was served about two hours before arrival. I’m not really sure what it was but it was too spicy for me so I didn’t eat very much. Only water was offered to drink this time but coffee and tea after the meal.

- Only water, bugger this is crap!

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
I reached some great milestones; 200th flight on a 777 (LHR-LAX), 900 777 frames seen and 50th UA 777 flown.

- Congratulations, most impressive numbers!

I don't know why, expected more from BG, pretty poor - I've no need to fly them thankfully.

Cheers

Mark



111,732,3,4,5,7,8,BBJ,741,742,743,744,752,762,763,764,772,77L,773,77W,L15,D10,30,40,AB3,AB6,A312.313,319,320,321,332,333
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 19174 times:

Hi Lars,

Very nice to read about your experience aboard Biman's new flagship. Shame that PH couldn't make it but c'est la vie, at least we can count on you to bring us a report. The inflight product looks quite basic but I guess that's to be expected - like you said they cater mainly to the Bangladeshi folks.

Which plane was it on SIN-DAC?

Biman certainly has some sort of weird fascination with the color green, judging from those seats and other seats on other (Gab's mainly) reports plus one of the liveries.

I'd probably loved the food - for me the spicier the better!  
Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
This whole trip was vey good and I reached some great milestones; 200th flight on a 777 (LHR-LAX), 900 777 frames seen and 50th UA 777 flown.

Triple congratulations! Those are some *very* impressive stats right there!


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6747 posts, RR: 77
Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 18762 times:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 4):
No, just water. Don't think Biman serve alcohol at all but it looked like they offered alcohol as part of their duty free sales but I'm not sure.

That's odd!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
Nice dedication, I’m sure it’s very much appreciated.

  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Which plane was it on SIN-DAC?

It was an A310.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 18578 times:

Hi Lars

Nice trip report, thanks for sharing.
Quite surprised to see all the changes that BG has gone trough compared to it's old-timers.
Still nice to see the colored cabins however.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26906 posts, RR: 58
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 18440 times:

Hi Lars great report I had been looking forward to this one.

Congratulations on your milestones. I can only agree with your thoughts about BG . Still like you say at least for their loyal followers they have a better experience.

Looking forward to the next 777 experience  

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineOM617 From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 58 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 18193 times:

Hi Lars,

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Legroom was also good and the seat was comfortable.

Thank goodness for that! Are they configured 9 or 10 across?

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
I had to do this on my own, something that I have been doing on all my 777 trips expect for the first one on Korean Air when I went with my friend Rich.

** cough ** CZ, HKG-CAN ** cough ** Well, that was a long time ago...  
Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Seat color was green and had some red dots on them just like the Bangladeshi flag.

Looks nice to me. I get awfully tired of the usual gray or dark blue. Also not the loud print upholstery that I've seen in pics of their DC10s. How were the cabin crew outfits?

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Biman Bangladesh caters basically only the people from Bangladesh and does not seem to have any ambition to get any other type of passengers.

...As evidenced by the lack of western (or any, for that matter) meal options, as well as IFE offerings. (Chariots of Fire?? seriously?? I think I was in college when that came out!). This experience makes it clear Bangladesh is not a hot tourist or business destination.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):Spot the error.
Nice 737.

More alarming, notice in the first picture (emergency landing on land), the starboard overwing slide magically goes in front of the wing and over the engine!!

Did you get a chance to peek into J class? If so, how were the seats and how full was it?

The 310 flight SIN-DAC sounds like a story from old Aeroflot days.

Sorry you did not have the company of Planehunter for this trip, but look ahead to the next 777 adventure.

At the end of the day, you landed in one piece which is the most important thing!

Are you in DC now? Send me an email if you are here and if you can get out for a spell! Happy b-day to N. for me!

Take care, Dan


User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 17829 times:

Hi 777Man

Great report and congratulations on cathing a 777 of each direct delivery carrier! Impressive.

Best regards, LXM38


User currently offlinethe777man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6546 posts, RR: 55
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 17374 times:

Thanks for more replies 1

I was out of town for a few days so couldn't respond any earlier.

Hi FlyingFinn!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Very nice to read about your experience aboard Biman's new flagship. Shame that PH couldn't make it but c'est la vie, at least we can count on you to bring us a report. The inflight product looks quite basic but I guess that's to be expected - like you said they cater mainly to the Bangladeshi folks.

Yes, too bad PlaneHunter couldn't make it. It was a very basic in-flight product but a big improvement from before; there was absolutely no entertainment at all on the A310.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Which plane was it on SIN-DAC?

S2-ADF, a A310-300

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Triple congratulations! Those are some *very* impressive stats right there!

Thanks ! I have been doing this for a while so it's not done in a year or two....

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 17):
That's odd!

I'm not sure but it did look like they were selling alcohol duty free.

Hi Marc!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 18):
Nice trip report, thanks for sharing.

Thanks ! Always fun to try new carriers's 777s!

Quite surprised to see all the changes that BG has gone trough compared to it's old-timers.
Still nice to see the colored cabins however.

Yes, must be a very big step up for them compared to the DC-10s and the A310s.

Hi Philip1

Quoting OA260 (Reply 19):
Hi Lars great report I had been looking forward to this one.

Congratulations on your milestones. I can only agree with your thoughts about BG . Still like you say at least for their loyal followers they have a better experience.

Looking forward to the next 777 experience

That may be very soon  

Hi Dan!

Quoting OM617 (Reply 20):
Are they configured 9 or 10 across?

3-3-3

Quoting OM617 (Reply 20):
** cough ** CZ, HKG-CAN ** cough ** Well, that was a long time ago...

I was thinking A.net users and forgot that you finally joined. Yes, HKG-CAN on CZ was a great, very short flight. Spotting in CAN is probably the best day of spotting I ever had so far at least concerning new numbers.

Quoting OM617 (Reply 20):
How were the cabin crew outfits?

A sare-like outfit with mostly green color.

Quoting OM617 (Reply 20):
.As evidenced by the lack of western (or any, for that matter) meal options, as well as IFE offerings. (Chariots of Fire?? seriously?? I think I was in college when that came out!). This experience makes it clear Bangladesh is not a hot tourist or business destination.

They really do cater to people from Bangladesh and I don't think it would be worthwhile for them to go after other travelers.

Quoting OM617 (Reply 20):
More alarming, notice in the first picture (emergency landing on land), the starboard overwing slide magically goes in front of the wing and over the engine!!

Did you get a chance to peek into J class? If so, how were the seats and how full was it?

The 310 flight SIN-DAC sounds like a story from old Aeroflot days.

Well, at least they got the number of exists right. there are 35 seats in J and there were perhaps 10 people there from what I could tell.

Hi LXM831

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 21):
Great report and congratulations on cathing a 777 of each direct delivery carrier! Impressive.

Thanks ! I have really made that my passion!

Thanks again for all the comments and nice replies!

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlinekiramakora From Argentina, joined Aug 2006, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 16506 times:

Wow. This is so sad. I would have thought they would reinvent themselves like Air India did. Bangla Biman crew is like part of Hitler's army or something. Great report as usual.

User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6546 posts, RR: 55
Reply 24, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 16331 times:

Quoting kiramakora (Reply 23):
Wow. This is so sad. I would have thought they would reinvent themselves like Air India did. Bangla Biman crew is like part of Hitler's army or something. Great report as usual

Hi Kiramkora!

Thanks for your reply. I think BG was miles from AI before both of them got 777s. The 77W represents a BIG improvement for BG passengers but still a way to go to the standards of most other airlines.

As for the crew, they were similar on both flights and not too friendly. I'm surprised that this was not reported on before in other reports on BG. There's been quite a few of those lately on the DC-10 for example.

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1451 posts, RR: 33
Reply 25, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 16126 times:

Hello Lars,

Having just read Gabriel's report about Biman, I thought it would be good to compare it with your experience. Shame that PH was so unwell and couldn't make it with you.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
In late March 1997, I decided to fly on all 777 carriers with direct delivery from Boeing

Ok, now I know where your username comes from!

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
My recent accquired roll on bag had a pattern that fit right in.

Nothing better than having some distinctive luggage.

Interesting to see the different seats covers on the 777 as ooposed to the A310, although they're still quite funky. Don't think I'd have done too well with the spicy food, you'd think that a Western option on a flight to LHR wouldn't be too much to ask for.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
After the service items had been collected the crew ordered everyone to close their window shades to give people a chance to sleep. I didn’t really like that and thought that was a bit odd since this was a day time flight, but there no other option than to comply. The crew also went around the whole cabin to make sure all window shades were closed.

Yeah, they did this on SQ too. I kept getting up to peek out the window at the rear emergency exit, but forgot just how bright it was outside compared to the dark cabin and it really hurts your eyes!

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
The whole IFE system was turned off an hour before departure including the airshow map. This was very annoying and I have never experienced that before on any carrier.

I would have been really annoyed at that.

Happy flying
Infodesk   



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 26, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 15946 times:

Hello Lars!

Nice tripreport!
Good to see you could log the BG 77W, too bad PH couldn't join you though.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Legroom was also good and the seat was comfortable.

The seat does indeed look quite comfortable overall.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
No air vent at every seat but that seems to be the norm on newer aircraft

Yeah, at least on widebodies it seems to be the norm nowadays.

Martin


User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6546 posts, RR: 55
Reply 27, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 15758 times:

Thanks for more replies !

Hi Hannah!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 25):

Having just read Gabriel's report about Biman, I thought it would be good to compare it with your experience. Shame that PH was so unwell and couldn't make it with you.

Yes, it's nice to compare the old 310/DC-10 with this very new aircraft. Don't think I would have been very happy to fly the DC-10 all the way to LHR......

I was really looking forward to fly with PlaneHunter so I was very disappointed that he couldn't go.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 25):
Ok, now I know where your username comes from!

Yes, I have been doing this for a while..... 
Quoting infodesk (Reply 25):
Nothing better than having some distinctive luggage.

A lot of bags are black or blue so I wanted something to stand out so that people would not mistake my bag for theirs.
I think my bag stands out quite well  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 25):
Interesting to see the different seats covers on the 777 as ooposed to the A310, although they're still quite funky. Don't think I'd have done too well with the spicy food, you'd think that a Western option on a flight to LHR wouldn't be too much to ask for.

Seat covers look okay on the 777 but the 310 covers are a bit too much for me.

BG really only caters to Bangladeshi people so not a surprise with no Western option. Only saw one other European looking person on the whole flight.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 25):
Yeah, they did this on SQ too. I kept getting up to peek out the window at the rear emergency exit, but forgot just how bright it was outside compared to the dark cabin and it really hurts your eyes!

I did also peek thru the window every now and then like you but like you said, the contrast is very stark and impossible to adjust that quickly to the very bright light outside.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 25):
I would have been really annoyed at that.

I was hoping they would at least keep the airshow map on.

Hi Martin !

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 26):
Nice tripreport!
Good to see you could log the BG 77W, too bad PH couldn't join you though.

Thanks ! Too bad with PlaneHunter; we have to plan something else instead.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 26):
The seat does indeed look quite comfortable overall.

Seat comfort is very important especially on longer flights like the one I was on and I had no problem at all even after 9 hours.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 26):
Yeah, at least on widebodies it seems to be the norm nowadays.

I guess it's too complicated to run the air vents all throughout the cabin or too expensive. Too bad.

Thanks again for reading!

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offline9V-SVC From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 1797 posts, RR: 10
Reply 28, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 15449 times:

The777man


This explains why you were in Singapore, remember you mentioned to me about this trip.


Thanks for another great trip report on Biman's 77W! Looking at your great photos, I think I feel more at ease if I were to fly there just for some joyrides.



The safety card template looks so similar to SQ!


Looking forward to your next!

Cheers
Charles



Airliners is the wings of my life.
User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6546 posts, RR: 55
Reply 29, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 15228 times:

Hi Charles !

Thanks for your comments !

Quoting 9V-SVC (Reply 28):
The safety card template looks so similar to SQ!

Perhaps but SQ would never have made the mistake of putting a 737 as the aircraft instead of a 777 in the picture.

Looking forward to your next!

Thanks! Should have another report out in a few weeks.  

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1144 posts, RR: 3
Reply 30, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 14790 times:
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Hi there 777Man,
Great report, enjoyed it very much! BG's service doesn't look all to good. Not professional at all of the crew to just wake people up and give them their meal. Not many drink options either and quite weird that they turn off the IFE 1 hour before the flight!

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Biman Bangladesh caters basically only the people from Bangladesh and does not seem to have any ambition to get any other type of passengers. For those people Biman Bangladesh probably serves its purposes well but for other people, it may be a bit different experience.

That sums it up perfectly

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
This whole trip was vey good and I reached some great milestones; 200th flight on a 777 (LHR-LAX), 900 777 frames seen and 50th UA 777 flown.

Congratulations!

cheers,
Brendan


User currently offlinethe777man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6546 posts, RR: 55
Reply 31, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 14338 times:

Hi Brendan

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 30):
Great report, enjoyed it very much! BG's service doesn't look all to good. Not professional at all of the crew to just wake people up and give them their meal. Not many drink options either and quite weird that they turn off the IFE 1 hour before the flight!

yes, I was a bit surprised about that. Both the lack of friendliness of the crew and the limited drink options was not something that I was expecting.

Take care

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4267 posts, RR: 51
Reply 32, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 13449 times:

Hi Lars,

finally time to get through this beautiful report on BG's 77W!

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
. I first planned to do a short flight on Biman as part of a longer trip together with my good friend PlaneHunter. Early in the planning stages, he suddenly told me he had found a great fare SIN-DAC-LHR on BG and suggested we do that route instead. It sounded like a great idea to me so we started looking at exact dates and how to get the schedules work out.

Well such a shame when I heard about him not taking the trip due to health issues.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
I had really been looking forward to making this tip together with PlaneHunter but realized that I had to do this on my own, something that I have been doing on all my 777 trips

You're experienced enough to achieve good result in the end!

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Flown on 115 777 frames

Impressive figure!

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
I saw down and first noticed the big screen

Impessive again! Shame the quantity of movies is rather limited then.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
There was a single jack for the headphones which I prefer compared to the double jacks you find on some other carriers

Good choice. People can use their own ones easily now

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Notice the No computer, no cellphone signs overhead

First time I see this. Real interesting! But camera can be used   Good!

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
no choice was offered; chicken with rice, cucumber salad and rice pudding

Well, the portion looks good enough though

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Extra bonus: a toothpick was provided which is a pet peeve of mine.

Good choice. Also here same opinion  
Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
I dedicate this report my good friend PlaneHunter who missed out on this unique experince.

He's doing better already...

Thanks for sharing,
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineParton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 33, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 13253 times:

Hej Lars!

Thanks for the great story! Interesting report with these exotic carrier!

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
United Airways

I remember a couple of years ago I read a story about this airline. Back then they operated the MD on their flight London! I think they flew via IST. Even if I like the MD I wouldn´t like to spend 10h on it 
Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
“here, your meal”.

Oh that´s really bad service of the crew. But the meal looks quit good I think but a second option would off course be appreciated

Greetings
Robert


User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6546 posts, RR: 55
Reply 34, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 13062 times:

Many thanks for the new comments !

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 32):
Well such a shame when I heard about him not taking the trip due to health issues.

Yes, that was very disappointing. I was really looking forward to do a flight together. Especially since he came up with the idea. Hopefully sometime soon we can do another trip again.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 32):
Impressive again! Shame the quantity of movies is rather limited then.

Yes, the size of the screen was very promising so the lack of content even more disappointing.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 32):
Good choice. People can use their own ones easily now

Yes, always good to have choice to use your own or borrow.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 32):
First time I see this. Real interesting! But camera can be used   Good!

I've seen it on some other carriers/aircraft but I can't recall on which ones now. Perhaps V Australia had it as well ?

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 32):
Good choice. Also here same opinion

  Yes, very important to me.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 32):
He's doing better already...

Good to hear. He's got another short distance trip coming up soon.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 33):
Interesting report with these exotic carrier!

Thanks Robert! This is the first report on Biman's new 77W aircraft. There have been some others on their DC-10 and A310.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 33):
I remember a couple of years ago I read a story about this airline. Back then they operated the MD on their flight London! I think they flew via IST. Even if I like the MD I wouldn´t like to spend 10h on it 

That would be way too long on any narrow body aircraft. Sterling Airways used to fly charters with 727-200s with two stops from CPH to FLL back in the 1980s......that would have been even longer.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 33):
But the meal looks quit good I think but a second option would off course be appreciated

Yes, an option of any kind would have been nice. Not many options of anything on Biman Bangladesh.

Thanks again!

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineParton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 35, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 12301 times:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 34):
That would be way too long on any narrow body aircraft. Sterling Airways used to fly charters with 727-200s with two stops from CPH to FLL back in the 1980s......that would have been even longer.

Oh, not nice! My parents flew on Sterling´s 727-200 to Sri Lanka in the early 80´s. I know they refuel in Teheran but not know if they did two stops. My parents don´t remember more then it was a nightmare flight 

Greetings
Robert


User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5088 posts, RR: 55
Reply 36, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 12223 times:

Lars,

I am beginning to lose my mind I think. Must have read this report around 2-3 times because the quality is absolutely amazing. And, each time I thought I commented on it!

Anyways, good to see you finally get your BG bird. Disappointing however your experienced a relatively poor service on their flagship route. Now, the anticipation of Turkmenistan to match  .

Thanks as always.

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6546 posts, RR: 55
Reply 37, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 12184 times:

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 35):
Oh, not nice! My parents flew on Sterling´s 727-200 to Sri Lanka in the early 80´s. I know they refuel in Teheran but not know if they did two stops. My parents don´t remember more then it was a nightmare flight 

Greetings
Robert

I think CMB was a two-stop as well but not 100 % sure.

Hi Alex !

Thanks for your comments.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 36):
Lars,

I am beginning to lose my mind I think. Must have read this report around 2-3 times because the quality is absolutely amazing. And, each time I thought I commented on it!

Anyways, good to see you finally get your BG bird. Disappointing however your experienced a relatively poor service on their flagship route. Now, the anticipation of Turkmenistan to match  .

Thanks as always.

Saludos,
A.

Yes, great to finally fly the BG 77W.

My experience was about as I expected it. I still think the 77W represents a big step forward for BG; compare this to the 310 with no IFE, much more cramped and a stop in DXB on the way to LHR and there's no compariso; the 77W is miles ahead.

Yes, really looking forward to the Turkmenistan 77L! We should really make an effort to do that together.....

Next new 777 carrier for me should be Garuda probably early next year.

I just posted a report on my recent AZ 777 experience as well.

Thanks again for the comments!

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Reply 38, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 11688 times:

Hi Lars,

Excellent report, and excellent stats. Have you caught up again with the complete list?

This flight at first glance should be great, a flagship route to a major world centre. A shame the service on board was lacking, limited choices for catering and rude staff. Not one that many people will choose.

Thanks

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6546 posts, RR: 55
Reply 39, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 11371 times:

Hi Signol!

Quoting signol (Reply 38):
Have you caught up again with the complete list?

Yes. For now...

Quoting signol (Reply 38):
This flight at first glance should be great, a flagship route to a major world centre. A shame the service on board was lacking, limited choices for catering and rude staff. Not one that many people will choose.

Yes, too bad but still a big leap for them. They mostly cater to people from Bangladesh. Before they had no IFE and no nonstop so this is a huge improvement for them.

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2452 posts, RR: 53
Reply 40, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 10988 times:

Hi Lars,

Finally I get round reading this exciting report of your BG 77W flight.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
In late March 1997, I decided to fly on all 777 carriers with direct delivery from Boeing. I first started with Korean Air

Ah, it happened to be the one I spotted at SIN. I was 17 when you flew KE 777!  


Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
(flown on all 777 carriers with direct delivery from Boeing, for now)

Congratulation!

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Legroom was also good

34 inch?

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
There was a single jack for the headphones which I prefer compared to the double jacks you find on some other carriers

Interesting. Can you tell me why? Because of better audio quality?

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Some chewing gum ?

What a shame! Such beautiful interior being wasted like that!  


Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
the guy behind me was still talking on his cell phone as we were taxing out

Did the crew stop him before take-off?

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Only Coca-cola and Sprite was offered to drink, again only in a glass..

Hmm, is BG a dry airline?

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
I first tried to watch some Bangladeshi movies

I did not know you liked Bangladeshi movies.   


Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Spot the error.

B737-200?


Thank you for sharing.

Best regards,
Suryo.  



Friends forever
User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6546 posts, RR: 55
Reply 41, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 10921 times:

Hi Suryo !

Thanks for your reply. It means very much to me.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 40):
Ah, it happened to be the one I spotted at SIN. I was 17 when you flew KE 777!

Yes, I made a comment about it in your report. I guess I have been doing this for a while.....
You still lived in Indonesia back then ?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 40):
Congratulation!

Thanks !

Quoting akhmad (Reply 40):
34 inch?

No, perhaps 32.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 40):
Can you tell me why? Because of better audio quality?

No because my own iPhone head set fits which I prefer.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 40):
Such beautiful interior being wasted like that!

Yes, that's too bad.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 40):
Did the crew stop him before take-off?

No, a few F/As walked past him and didn't say a word.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 40):
Hmm, is BG a dry airline?

Yes, although I did not know this beforehand. It did not surprise me or bother me in any way.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 40):
I did not know you liked Bangladeshi movies.

I always like to try the local beer and see local movies when I fly a new airline. So neither beer nor movie for me this time.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 40):
B737-200?

Yes but at least the got the number of exists right and in the right places, more or less.

Thanks again for your reply.

The777Man



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