Biman had to written off one DC-10 a few months ago due to landing incident in Chittagong (CGP) and the management decided against a replacement aircraft. A second DC-10 just entered the Hanger at Dhaka (DAC) last week for a D check. A third DC-10 has been sitting at the hanger for six months waiting for a replacement engine. The forth and the fifth one was stuck at Brussels and Kuwait city respectively due to mechanical failure. And finally, one Airbus 310 was in the Hanger for C check.
As a result, five out of six of its DC-10s and one out of four of its 310’s were grounded for about week.(around mid February) That’s 60% of biman’s wide body fleet. The flight schedule went haywire for and passengers started protesting for their flights at Biman’s main hub. A few Bangladeshi labors who work in various Middle Eastern countries lost their job/visa because they could not return to their workplace on time. Every major newspaper in the country ran front page headline on the incident and biman’s CEO (Managing Director) apologized to the passengers.
However, the situation is improving now. The DC-10 that was waiting for a replacement engine is undergoing test runs after receiving an engine from the DC-10 that just entered the hanger for D check. The DC-10 which was grounded in Brussels, safely returned home with the spares for the generator of the 310 that was lying idle in the hangar. AS or Feb 22nd, Biman sources confirmed that, three DC-10 and all 310’s are in operation now.
Finally, Biman’s management who did not replace written off F-28 and DC-10 for months, have woken up and put up tenders to dry/wet lease two wide bodies(300/310/767)just in few days. However, no one was faired or disciplined for the incident.