cchan
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Flying Biman To Kathmandu Tomorrow

Tue Nov 04, 2003 6:45 pm

Getting excitied! Flying Biman for the first time, from Dhaka to Kathmandu. Since a lot of members have negative comments on Biman, I wonder what it's like. They seem to have 2 versions of the schedule, the one on amadeus and other reservation systems say BG701 will be a 737 tomorrow, and departs at 1530. The version at the Biman office says BG701 will be a F28 tomorrow, and departs at 1330. Wondering which is the more reliable one...I guess I'll find out tomorrow.
 
zizou
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RE: Flying Biman To Kathmandu Tomorrow

Tue Nov 04, 2003 9:34 pm

Cchan, Biman flights are really hit and miss, either its good or terrible. There is a trip report aboard Biman: Brussels-Dhaka-Bangkok vv. Have read of that, it might give you a few ideas of what to expect.

Nevertheless, have a great trip on Biman and I hope I can expect to read a trip report soon!
 
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RE: Flying Biman To Kathmandu Tomorrow

Tue Nov 04, 2003 10:58 pm

Cchan
There are TWO flights tomorrow from DAC to KTM

BG703 on a F28 and BG701 on a 737. Check which one is on your ticket or which you are booked for.

I had a great time on Biman as well but I only had short segments such as BKK-RGN-DAC,DAC-CGP,CXB-CGP and CGP-DAC on F28, 310 and D1C.

If you know Bangladesh and other South Asian countries you might know what to expect. Enjoy your flight!
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AR385
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RE: Flying Biman To Kathmandu Tomorrow

Tue Nov 04, 2003 11:11 pm

God bless you and may you arrive safe, and may the trip fulfill the expectancy in your heart.

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planemannyc
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RE: Flying Biman To Kathmandu Tomorrow

Tue Nov 04, 2003 11:31 pm

Gabe is absolutely right, Cchan....for some strange reason, Biman flies to KTM two flights on Mondays and Wednesdays, flights leaving only 2 hours apart (yet, they don't fly the route on a daily basis). Yet another mysterious Biman scheduling oddity....If there are that many more passengers on Mon and Wed, why not use the A310 on those days.

Anyway, CChan, enjoy your flight. Hope you have a great view of the mountains on your approach (I think starboard side is better....going back to your earlier query). Let us know how it goes.

Best,

Wasim
 
mehtabrahman
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RE: Flying Biman To Kathmandu Tomorrow

Wed Nov 05, 2003 12:20 am

Bon voyage, CChan!

Hope you have a good flight with Biman.

Be positive about Biman, and I am sure you will have a great flight (if I dare say!).  Smile



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cchan
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RE: Flying Biman To Kathmandu Tomorrow

Thu Nov 06, 2003 9:18 pm

Thanks guys,

I survived the Biman flight. I was on BG701. It was a Fokker 28. We had a slight (15 min) delay because the Everest Marathon group's luggage can't fit in the overhead bins. Service was good. It was a smooth flight, and I had some nice mountain views before landing. The aircraft was very old, the interior condition was pretty bad, and the air-cond system was very noisy.

Overall, it was much better than I expected. I think their main problem is with their equippment, rather than service. The DAC-CCU flight that afternoon was delayed for about 5-6 hours for good reason...they were fixing that 737 in the hanger.

My next flight will be BG704 KTM-DAC on 10 Nov. Looking forward to that.

Regards from Kathmandu
 
planemannyc
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RE: Flying Biman To Kathmandu Tomorrow

Fri Nov 07, 2003 1:46 am

Good to hear that you had a good flight. I think you will also fly an F-28 on your return flight. Where do you fly from there?

Anyway, have a great trip in Nepal.

Wasim
 
cchan
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RE: Flying Biman To Kathmandu Tomorrow

Tue Nov 11, 2003 12:16 am

Just got off another Biman flight KTM-DAC. The same aircraft I had on DAC-KTM, S2-ACH. Service was not as good. One of the air hostess was the rude type, the other 2 were ok. Food was just sandwich and cake, taste ok, but not the type for dinner. It's a short flight, 1hr 15min, so it's still acceptable. Flight was delayed for 30min, but that's still better than my expectations (I expected BG704 would be cancelled as the earlier flight BG702 was delayed for nearly 2 hours and departed 30 min before my flight).

I suppose the worst thing about flying Biman is the annoying fellow passengers who try to be first in everything.

Overall, the international service Biman provided to me is acceptable. They're a cheap airline, so I don't expect much. Biman is certainly not as bad as what many people think. It maybe better if I went on a 737, as the aircrafts look newer and more reliable. Judging for the exterior, I think their 737s are the best aircrafts in their fleet for safety.

Will try their domestic service to Chittagong on Wednesday.
 
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RE: Flying Biman To Kathmandu Tomorrow

Tue Nov 11, 2003 12:22 am

Cchan,
I'm glad you "enjoyed" your first Biman experience.

May I ask you why you are going to CGP? There is a new airport and it is supposed to have a viewing area (have seen a sign there) and I wonder if there is really one and if there are possibilities to get some nice shots.

Have fun with your fellow pax on the DAC-CGP flight  Smile
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cchan
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RE: Flying Biman To Kathmandu Tomorrow

Tue Nov 11, 2003 12:33 am

Rather than staying in Dhaka, waiting for the next Dragonair flight to Hong Kong. I thought it probably will be a good idea to go to see another Bangladesh city as well. It's not expensive afterall. I'll see whether there's a nice new airport spotting area in Chittagong, and will let you know. Dhaka airport is a spotter's nightmare. The best spots are the areas in the international terminal around Gate 1 (for aircrafts parked outside the domestic terminal) and Gate 6 (for aircrafts in the hanger). Most of the aircrafts I've seen in Dhaka belongs to Biman.
 
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RE: Flying Biman To Kathmandu Tomorrow

Tue Nov 11, 2003 12:45 am

Cchan
Yeah, DAC is very bad. Mainly Biman and if you are lucky some Arab/Asian carriers as well.

Taking pictures at the Domestic Airport in DAC is only possible when walking/driving to the aircraft and the security doesn't like you taking pictures at all.

I would prefer to stay in DAC iso CGP but if you have enough time, a trip down to CXB (Cox's Bazaar) would be nice as well. Next time I'm going there I would like to go to Sylet which has to be nice as well.
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cchan
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RE: Flying Biman To Kathmandu Tomorrow

Fri Nov 14, 2003 6:50 pm

Yes, there's an observation deck in CGP, I just paid Tk20 to visit there this morning, see Trip report forum.

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