Fokker 50, there may be F-100s over Bangladeshi skies, but most likely not in Biman's colors. Turns out, GMG Airlines is interested in purchasing / leasing F100s for their CGP (Chittagong) - CCU (Kolkata / Calcutta) and DAC-KTM
routes. They feel that some of Biman's pilots may be familiar with Fokker aircraft and they may be able to recruit some of them.
The statement by the Civil Aviation minister about the replacement of F28s is quite interesting. It seems the proposals at hand are to sell all 5 F-28s (and yes, GF
-A330, those 2 that were bought at suspiciously above market price) and replace them with get this, 2 A320 and 2 A330s or just 2 Boeing 777s. When I read that, I was laughing out aloud.
Bangladesh has only three airports capable of handling A320s and only 2 that can handle the A330 or the B777 -- therefore, does replacing the F28s mean that Biman will drop out of the domestic market? Probably not. They will probably keep the F28s -- or find some other suspicious deal.
The airline does have its good folks, but they are increasingly being outnumbered by corrupt ones. There is no real fleet planning, and no thought to route development. A pair of B737-300s were leased for a year, and some of the regional routes to CCU, BKK
, RGN and even domestic routes to ZYL and CGP were stabilized. The current crisis stems from returning the B737 without proper planning. Some things at Biman never change.
Wasim / Planemannyc