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How Reliable Is Biman Bangladesh?

Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:04 am

Sorry if this is a repost, but other thread doesn't seems to be working.

Since the DC-10 is soon to be phased out of service at Biman, I've decided to take a vacation in Bangladesh this summer. Flying with Biman obviously.

The route will be Abu Dhabi - Dhaka and return on the DC-10

My biggest concern however, is obviously a change of equipment! And possible major delays - since I'm connection back to Denmark with Turkish Airlines.

How reliable is Biman in terms of equipment and schedule?

Thanks in advance - Philip
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RE: How Reliable Is Biman Bangladesh?

Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:28 am

Well, the question is, if Biman will still fly their DC10 this summer (July? August?).

They wanted to lease 2 777-200ERs for delivery as early as June, so basically now.

Biman can be very unreliable! My AUH-DAC flight in July 2012 was 10 hours delayed, the following DAC-KTM was on time however.

You should at least plan a 24 hour connection, just to be safe, in my opinion.
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RE: How Reliable Is Biman Bangladesh?

Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:37 pm

Quoting Skyeurope (Reply 1):

I can live with the delays, and a 24 hour layover sounds like a good idea.

According to this Biman will phase out it's last two DC10-30's in november this year, and when I look at the booking-page. It does say DC-10-30. So fingers crossed I guess.   I was just curious if anyone had other sources saying different?


- Philip  

Edit: I just tried to book (not final booking of course) of a Abu Dhabi - Dhaka flight in early january 2014, and the site then confirmed the aircraft to be a "777"

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RE: How Reliable Is Biman Bangladesh?

Fri Jun 14, 2013 11:06 pm

I've done the BG DC-10 half a dozen times - mostly from / to AUH but also DXB on Fridays and once KTM-DOH. Never been delayed more than a few minutes here and there, they have a horrible reputation but the 80s were a long time ago. Just the other day in SIN I saw their 737 to DAC push right on time. DAC has live arrivals and departures info so you can get a good sense of their overall reliability on a daily basis, plus what you can expect to see from the roof terrace of the Regency Hotel (fabbo four star property near the airport, I presume that's where you're staying? just don't book the cheapest grade rooms, they don't have windows!).

Biman allow cockpit visits inc landings if you're a DC-10 fan who asks nicely. Introduce yourself to the pilots in the AUH terminal if you see them (T2's very small) and maybe bring gifts like a handful of McDD keyrings off eBay or something else av-themed (stack of Aviation News or Airliner World).

Biman is a very special airline and you will have a fantastic time. Tell us how you get on!
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RE: How Reliable Is Biman Bangladesh?

Sat Jun 15, 2013 7:42 pm

I have done the Biman DC-10s a few times as well (a couple of times with Mr CedarJet too!) and have had good experiences every time.

S2-ACP and ACR are both active and still operate the majority of the AUH flights. Since I live next to AUH airport, I really should do one more DC-10 jaunt while it is still possible. Hopefully I'll also manage it this summer.
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RE: How Reliable Is Biman Bangladesh?

Sat Jun 15, 2013 9:29 pm

Quoting cedarjet (Reply 3):

Thanks a lot for your very detailed reply!  

I don't plan to stay at the Regency Hotel though, I'm trying to find a place in town. My plan is to take a train to Chittagong, and perhaps take a domestic flight back on the A310  

McDD keyrings off eBay or Aviation Magazines? It wouldn't be awkward approaching the pilots and handing them out hehe?  

But I'll definitely try and ask. When I landed in Cusco in Peru after flying on the 737-200, I asked politely to visit the cockpit upon disembarking, and they allowed me to take a peak in and say hello to the pilots. So hopefully I'll get a chance to sit in the jump-seat this time!  

I've never tried that before!  Wow!

Expect a trip report full of pictures though!

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 4):

Nice!   You should definitely fly a few trips with the DC10 before they leave for good, I know that if I don't take this trip now; I'll regret it for the rest of my life 
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