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Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:36 am

Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka (CCU-DAC) on the DC10

Welcome to the sixth part of my spring trip to Asia!

The entire map:
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This report’s map:
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Previous flights:
easyJet London Luton-Barcelona (LTN-BCN)
Singapore Airlines Barcelona-Singapore (BCN-SIN), Business Class on the 77W
Valuair/Jetstar Asia Singapore-Medan
Garuda Indonesia Medan-Banda Aceh
Sriwijiaya Airlines B734 Banda Aceh-Medan-Jakarta with a fuel “expulsion”
Lion Air Boeing 737-900ER Jakarta-Singapore
Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class Singapore-Calcutta
SpiceJet B739 Calcutta-Bagdogra
Jet Konnect B738 Bagdogra-Calcutta

Flights to come:
United Airways Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar (DAC-CXB)
Regent Airways Chittagong-Dhaka (CGP-DAC)
Biman Bangladesh Dhaka-Kathmandu (DAC-KTM)
Thai Airways Kathmandu-Bangkok (KTM-BKK)
Thai Airways Bangkok-Frankfurt (BKK-FRA)
Lufthansa Frankfurt-Dusseldorf (FRA-DUS)
Sun-Air (British Airways) Dusseldorf-Billund (DUS-BLL)
Sun-Air (British Airways) Billund-Manchester (BLL-MAN)
British Airways Manchester-London Heathrow (MAN-LHR)

Thanks for tuning in to my latest instalment of my trip to Asia! To get from Calcutta to my original preferred destination of Bangladesh, I had a choice of either overlanding (um, boring!) or flying (yes, that sounds better). There were quite a few airlines on offer, including Kingfisher and Jet Airways of India, and GMG and Biman of Bangladesh. After comparing times and prices, I elected to go with Biman, which was also scheduled to be operated by the A310, not an aircraft I’ve flown on much (last time was with SQ back in 2003). This turned out to be an excellent choice as not longer after I booked this happened:

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One airline cancelled the route (along with basically all of their scheduled flights), and the other put their entire operation on indefinite hiatus.

As I monitored the flight in the days before the flight, I noticed the flight had been upgraded to the very rare DC10 – excellent news. I’m sure I logged one of these in the “olden days”, but this would be my first in living memory.

From my hotel in Calcutta, I hopped into a taxi, and headed off on another death-defying journey to the airport. Evading the tram:
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Always a bit nervous when heading to the airport in strange locations, my heart almost stopped when my taxi driver (for once I was appreciative of his crazy driving) managed to get us off an off-ramp *just* as it was being unofficially closed by a troop of rampaging protesters. WTF?! As my driver beeped his way through, the car feet behind was stopped and a line of breeze blocks blocked the way. Phew, that was a close call. You can see the other cars stuck on the ramp. When I finally got to the airport, I spoke to an American guy that was stuck stationary for 45 minutes, which could have been disastrous.
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Thankfully, I arrived bang on schedule, and headed through the security control, and to the check in desks. Biman is handled by Air India in Calcutta (although it took me walking around the entire check in area to find this out), and there were a lot of desks open, so no queue. I asked what aircraft would be operating, and was told, after a bit of typing, “An Airbus, sir”. Oh no, that puts paid to my DC10 flight. Biman really do like changing their equipment! I asked for a window seat and was told that this sector was free seating.
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FIDS (of sorts)
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On my way into the terminal, I noticed a sign for the “viewing lounge”. Hmm, seems a bit too good to be true in aviation hating India. Still, I had an obligation to check it out. I had to argue with the guard to let me out of the check in area. I then proceeded up many sets of un-air-conditioned stairs to find the “gallery”. To be fair, there was a view of the tarmac, just no planes to be seen. There were also plenty of signs saying that photography was prohibited.


I headed back downstairs, had another argument with a different guard as to why I had gone upstairs, and then joined the short, but unmoving queue to change my Rupees into Bangladeshi Takas (and appalling rates, and with equally bad service).
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With my Rupees gone, I joined another long, slow moving line for immigration, where I chatted to the aforementioned American, heading to Bangkok on the Air Asia flight. There was an interesting view of the luggage conveyer from the line – seems like every bag got stuck here until another came and pushed it off.


With my passport stamped, I proceeded to the top of the stairs where I joined another long unmoving line for security. As I hadn’t attached any hand baggage tags to my bags, the guard got into a bit of a strop, before attaching some EK ones, then stamping them.


There wasn’t a lot to do in the departure lounge other than sit and watch the other passengers. Tarmac views were basically zero, but I did manage to get this:


Kind of hard to guess as a type though. When the flight flashed up as boarding, a queue very quickly formed, cutting the departure lounge in half stopping anyone from walking past.


From what I could see, there were just 2 other westerners on the flight. The first queue was checking we had a boarding card.


Further along there was another queue to collect the boarding card. I was delighted when the plane finally came into view:
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‘New Era’ would be taking me across the border today


April 2012
Calcutta (CCU) – Dhaka (DAC)
Biman Bangladesh Airlines BG 94
Scheduled: 1230-1350 (0h50m)
Actual: 1441-1543 (0h32m)
McDonnell Douglas DC10 “New Era” S2-ACR
Economy

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This was the same plane N178UA took DAC-JED-FCO

At door 2L, everyone was being directed towards the back. I asked if I could sit in the forward curtained off section. The guy at the door, looked me up and down, and nodded me towards the curtain in front of door 2R. I was in! The entire plane is economy, so it wasn’t an upgrade as such. The front cabin was much emptier though, with just a few people already in there. I checked out the seats available, and eventually plumped with 3A. The cabin filled up slowly, with one other foreigner, and a few other assorted Bangladeshis.

The reassuringly organgey and flowery cabin of the Biman DC10
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Retro IFE, and no, the call button/light didn’t work (there wasn’t even a light in the hole)
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Legroom short – fairly acceptable
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Jetbridge still attached
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Where’s the DC10?
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Safety Card
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Landing cards handed out
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And then we sit. Of course, this is Biman so despite an early boarding, we will sit at the gate until we’re late. There was a mumbled announcement that we were waiting for luggage, which I think is highly doubtful. Lucky I’m not in a rush.

Papers are handed out
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I’m quite surprised that a trolley is rolled down the aisle and lunch boxes handed
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Not the best lunch, but more than I was expecting. Some boxes had 7UP, others Pepsi. Water was also handed out which was good as I don’t do soft drinks.
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With “lunch” dispensed with, we sat a bit longer. I asked one of the two very friendly cabin crew if I could have another glass of water. I thought she’d forgotten until she reappeared about 5 minutes later with this:


Well, I won’t be going thirsty this flight!

Finally nearly 2 hours after our STD, we push back. Finally, I’m on my way to Bangladesh!
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And off we go!
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The cabin
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Look away if you are of a nervous disposition! Definitely in need of some TLC!
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When I head back to my seat, I took this photo. A member of crew (not sure of his job, he had a pilotish uniform on, but was travelling as a pax) became quite chatty, asking where I was from etc. I said it was a very old plane, and he replied that it was soon for a museum. No kidding!
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Great recline – the seats were quite comfy
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I hate it when people do this. I have an uncontrollable urge to cut their fingers off (although of course I’ve controlled myself this far…one day!)
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Someone might be short of an O2 mask…
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Before in I knew it, the seatbelt sign was back on, and we made our approach into Dhaka
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How nice is that GMG livery? Shame they’re now bust
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Another one bites the dust
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DAC arrivals


Bye plane!


I walk quickly to immigration, and find myself the one person there. The border guards all get up from their chinwag, and go to their respective desks. Despite having asked the guy NOT to stamp one of my 2 completely empty passport pages, he does, despite saying he wouldn’t. Grrrr
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In the arrivals hall I have to wait a while for my taxi – unfortunately, the car is a pile of juke and has no a/c and it’s sweltering.
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The terminal from the taxi
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My plan for Bangladesh is to psend a few days in Dhaka sightseeing, then join a cruise of the Sunderbans National Park – this is an enormous estuaryesque mangrove area, full of man-eating Bengal tigers!

First, some photos of Dhaka. My hotel room. Only saw one cockroach
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Taking a rickshaw in Dhaka is a must-do. Seriously, loved it, even if the pollution was a bit tough at times.
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Not so nice were the prison like green tuktuks.
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Dhaka has routemasters!


Lalbagh Fort
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Time for another rickshaw ride, this time through the old city – amazing experience!
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Ahsan Manzil
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The first time I heard about Bangladesh was when I was a wee nipper, and well into world flags. Living in Japan at the time, I was fascinated to find an almost doppelganger for the lovey Japanese flag, just in green.
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Time for a wander by food down Hindu Street. I threw caution to the wind and got my hair cut in one of the little places down here – I was pretty happy to come out with a pretty good cut, and only about a $1 poorer.


I found an intersection which was great for people watching
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Despite having a career in pushing watermelons around barefoot, this guy loved having his photo taken!
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I arrange my 5 days cruise via The Bengal Tours Ltd. Full board for $160 – not bad, although quite basic. I was the only non-Bengali speaker onboard, but most people (including the guide) spoke good English. The only other foreigner was a Japanese guy, but he’d been living in Bangladesh for 5 years.
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There were an unbelievable number of brick factories in the country
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Ok, well I’ll leave this section here. Next time I’ll pick up with some more photos from the swamps, and my domestic flights with United Airlines and Regent Airways to/from Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong.

Thoughts? Well, Calcutta Airport was a pain. The innumerable rules, and interminable queues made for a very poor experience. I wonder why India is so slow to catch onto the customer service concept? China seems to have taken to the idea, with a host of beautiful customer orientated airports springing up across the nation. Biman was an experience. Delays and plane changes for no reason other than “why not?”. It’s hard to judge from a flight of only half an hour though. It was nice to get a flight on the DC10, the ‘Flying Museum’! I’m looking forward to my next flight with them to Kathmandu.

And Bangladesh, well it was quite the thrill ride. I didn’t see a single other sightseeing tourist for my entire stay outside of hotels. It really is quite off the beaten track!

All comments and questions welcome!

Some of my other TRs:

Part 2: Valuair/Jetstar Asia SIN-MES and Garuda MES-BTJ
Part 1: U2 LTN-BCN, SQ BCN-SIN 77W Business
Africa Part 7: British Airways Club Europe B767, LCA-LHR
Africa Part 6: LX ZRH-ATH, A3 ATH-LCA. A Greek Tragedy
Africa Part 5: Dar es Salaam – Nairobi – Zurich with Swiss First
Africa Part 4: Fly 540 DAR-ZNZ in Y, and Zanzibar photos
Africa Part 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ, A to Z with Ethiopian Airlines in C
Africa Part 2: SN BRU-BJM, SA BJM-KGL, Business to Burundi and Rwanda
Africa Part 1: BD LHR-CMN, TP CMN-LIS, SN LIS-BRU in Y and C
A.net meeting in snowy Tallinn. U2/FR STN-TLL-LTN
easyJet and bmi up to Aberdeen, LTN-ABZ-LHR
The Costa del Sol with British Airways. LGW-AGP-LCY
Mysterious Moldova (and Transnistria). Lufthansa LHR-MUC-KIV
BA to the Austrian Alps. LHR-MUC, INN-LGW
I can't get no Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA inaugural
http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights: LGW-OPO-LGW,LHR-FCO-CTA-LIN-LCY,LHR-AMS-GRQ-SEN,LTN-CPH-LHR-ORD
 
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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:38 am

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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Thu Apr 19, 2012 5:49 am

Nice report about your DC-10 experience! And you included many good destination pics, as usual.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
McDonnell Douglas DC10 “New Era” S2-ACR

You got the third last DC-10 ever built - actually it's the youngest which is still flying.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I said it was a very old plane, and he replied that it was soon for a museum. No kidding!

BG won't retire its two remaining DC-10s until 2014, according to ATDB. This could be true considering that the next two 77Ws won't arrive until late 2013.


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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:27 am

Hi Gabs,

Wonderful story my friend. Fabulous travel and ‘flying museum’ pics. I don’t think many travellers have Bangladesh on their list but you are definitely one of them. Glad you got a ride on the DC, I remember the type back in the days from a a Belgian TV show featuring BRU and called ‘airport’ (you know the one  ), where Biman’s station manager appeared not to be the problem solving man he had to be. Yes, Biman used to operate DAC-BRU-JFK with the old smoker and flower seats!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Evading the tram:

What an historic piece, it looks as if the windows are open and barred?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was delighted when the plane finally came into view:

How much more retro can you get? Like the black nose.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
‘New Era’

Hilarious name for this aircraft.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Water was also handed out which was good as I don’t do soft drinks.

...being the healthy type you are  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Despite having asked the guy NOT to stamp one of my 2 completely empty passport pages, he does, despite saying he wouldn’t.

Total misuse of authority if you ask me...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
full of man-eating Bengal tigers!

*shiver*  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was pretty happy to come out with a pretty good cut, and only about a $1 poorer.

And I’m still waiting for some pics to come... 

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Delays and plane changes for no reason other than “why not?

Well, you only fly Biman for the experience and nothing else, right?

Keep on sending these reports in, I love ‘em!

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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:05 am

Wow that DC10 certainly does have a retro look to it! Good for you to get on one though.
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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:33 am

Hey great report as always. A rare find these days and a step back into the past. Sadly these will all be gone soon .

Lovely pics from Bangladesh a place I always wanted to visit . Thanks for all the lovely photos.

Regards

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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Thu Apr 19, 2012 11:11 am

Thanks for all your comments!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Nice report about your DC-10 experience! And you included many good destination pics, as usual.

Thanks Udo

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
You got the third last DC-10 ever built - actually it's the youngest which is still flying.

I was quite dissapointed to get such a young aircraft - was hoping for one older than me!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
BG won't retire its two remaining DC-10s until 2014, according to ATDB. This could be true considering that the next two 77Ws won't arrive until late 2013.

2014! Wow

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 3):

Wonderful story my friend. Fabulous travel and ‘flying museum’ pics

Thanks

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 3):
Yes, Biman used to operate DAC-BRU-JFK with the old smoker and flower seats!

I know - strange to think

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 3):
What an historic piece, it looks as if the windows are open and barred?

Yes - like a prison!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 3):
...being the healthy type you are

Of course!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 3):
And I’m still waiting for some pics to come...

It's my new FB profile pic, with the yellow dudes!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 3):
Keep on sending these reports in, I love ‘em!

Thanks, will keep posting!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 4):
Wow that DC10 certainly does have a retro look to it! Good for you to get on one though.

Yeah, was lucky to get it

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Hey great report as always. A rare find these days and a step back into the past. Sadly these will all be gone soon .

Well, not til 2014 apparently (see above)

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Lovely pics from Bangladesh a place I always wanted to visit . Thanks for all the lovely photos.

Lots more pics to come in the next report
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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:21 pm

Hey Gabriel,

Even though this part of the world doesn't really attract me in any way, I must say that I find your reports quite captivating. Now I'm looking forward to see how United Airways compares to United Airlines  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Despite having asked the guy NOT to stamp one of my 2 completely empty passport pages, he does, despite saying he wouldn’t. Grrrr

Out of curiosity, why did you want that particular page blank? Were you saving it for some full-page visa sticker later on?

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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:17 pm

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Did you take the Sundarban tour from Dhaka or Khulna? As far as I know, tours for Sundarbans depart from Khulna.

Immigration officer stamped the page next to the visa because they are used to doing so, and they do it the whole day every day. So, even if they wanted to stamp some other page, it was a natural urge to stamp the page they always do. I am not defending their action, just trying to make sense out of it.
 
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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:51 am

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 7):

Even though this part of the world doesn't really attract me in any way, I must say that I find your reports quite captivating.

The sub-continent didn't really appeal to me either which is why it's taken me so long to go - but it is interesting

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 7):
Now I'm looking forward to see how United Airways compares to United Airlines

I think United Airways is a step above actually!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 7):
Out of curiosity, why did you want that particular page blank? Were you saving it for some full-page visa sticker later on?

You never know when you might need a full blank page. Only got 1 left now. It's a right hassle to get a new passport es[peically is my current one is only 4 years old

Quoting netdhaka (Reply 8):
Thanks for sharing your experience.

No problem

Quoting netdhaka (Reply 8):
Did you take the Sundarban tour from Dhaka or Khulna? As far as I know, tours for Sundarbans depart from Khulna.

Started in Dhaka. All the agencies I emailed seemed to start in Dhaka. The guidebooked suggested they all started in Khulna though?

Quoting netdhaka (Reply 8):
Immigration officer stamped the page next to the visa because they are used to doing so, and they do it the whole day every day. So, even if they wanted to stamp some other page, it was a natural urge to stamp the page they always do. I am not defending their action, just trying to make sense out of it.

Yeah, I guess his atention span was very short, so just forgot (or else he was just being officious)
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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:29 pm

Gabriel...

This report was much too long. I would have preferred if you had broken it up... oh wait... no.... 
The Sunderban sounds like a mysterious place. I would love to visit there one day... but there ae many great deltas in the world to see.

A very nice TR

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Despite having asked the guy NOT to stamp one of my 2 completely empty passport pages, he does, despite saying he wouldn’t. Grrrr

This is hilarious! I take it you had that sign in before getting to him? I like the idea though. Rather cunning... we both suffer from awkward passport officers.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I hate it when people do this. I have an uncontrollable urge to cut their fingers off (although of course I’ve controlled myself this far…one day!)

Again, very funny. You are easily irked. I once had a man in India whose feet dangled above my head the whole trip. . .

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
about a $1 poorer.

Yes. I save my hair till I am in a more affordable country. Was that the real price? It seems about right. I can't figure how UK hairdressers are charging £9 a cut, at 20 minutes, with a potential hourly earning of £27.00... that is a gripe of mine.
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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:27 pm

Hi, Gabriel,

now that is a very cool part of you´re actual series.
Flying the D10 and it looks like really like a flying musuem, definitely out of the ordinary.
Also the pictures from Bangladesh, love it. Such a special place.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I hate it when people do this. I have an uncontrollable urge to cut their fingers off (although of course I’ve controlled myself this far…one day!)

Count me in, this is not acceptable and who knows if he´s some finger´s shorter during the next time!.

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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:05 am

Hello Gabriel!

Nice report as usual!
How awesome to catch the DC10, well done!
Bangladesh seems cool, I'd like to go there. Maybe I should head there before they retire their DC10's!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was delighted when the plane finally came into view:

I can understand why!

Looking forward to the next part.

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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Sat Apr 21, 2012 1:26 pm

Thanks for the comments!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 10):
This report was much too long. I would have preferred if you had broken it up... oh wait... no....

Ho ho ho Luke! I'll repost all my reports into one super-giant one just for you?  
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 10):
A very nice TR

Thanks!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 10):
This is hilarious! I take it you had that sign in before getting to him? I like the idea though. Rather cunning... we both suffer from awkward passport officers.

Yes, i had that sign in. Clearly he was a bit metally challenged

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 10):
Again, very funny. You are easily irked. I once had a man in India whose feet dangled above my head the whole trip. . .

Urgh, hope you chopped them off!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 10):
Yes. I save my hair till I am in a more affordable country. Was that the real price? It seems about right. I can't figure how UK hairdressers are charging £9 a cut, at 20 minutes, with a potential hourly earning of £27.00... that is a gripe of mine.

Yeah, was about 70p, and took longer than the £10 specials I get at home

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 11):
now that is a very cool part of you´re actual series.

Thanks!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 11):
Also the pictures from Bangladesh, love it. Such a special place.

Yeah, it;s very different from other countries

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 11):
Count me in, this is not acceptable and who knows if he´s some finger´s shorter during the next time!.

Haha, glad I'm not alone!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 12):
Nice report as usual!

Thanks!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 12):

How awesome to catch the DC10, well done!
Bangladesh seems cool, I'd like to go there. Maybe I should head there before they retire their DC10's!

You'd better go this year or next, as I think 2014 is the end of the line
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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Sat Apr 21, 2012 2:28 pm

Hi Gab,

Sorry, I'm running out of superlatives here and I think the best is yet to come. But yes, you know what I was going to say. Excellent stuff. Truly mindbending. Love it.

Also you are very happy to be able to catch another ride on the classic triholer, indeed not many DC-10s around any more, even the much more modern MD-11s are nowadays very thin on the ground, at least for pax operations.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This turned out to be an excellent choice as not longer after I booked this happened:

Ouch! You sure were lucky... again.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I spoke to an American guy that was stuck stationary for 45 minutes, which could have been disastrous.

Sounds like my experience in Istanbul many a moon ago... A ride that took barely 20 minutes when coming from the airport took around one and half hours during the morning rush hour.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Evading the tram:

Trams in Kolkata? I'll be damned. Although that one looks more like a prison car than a public transportation vehicle.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There were also plenty of signs saying that photography was prohibited.

So what's the point of a viewing terrace then? What's up with the colors in your photos or is that just the pollution floating in the air?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As I hadn’t attached any hand baggage tags to my bags, the guard got into a bit of a strop, before attaching some EK ones, then stamping them.

Oh yes, these are essential for flight security. Many planes have gone down because they were missing.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Further along there was another queue to collect the boarding card. I was delighted when the plane finally came into view:

Congrats!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
‘New Era’ would be taking me across the border today

I guess it once started a new era for Biman. But that was a long time ago.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The reassuringly organgey and flowery cabin of the Biman DC10

Cool. Very hippy, I wonder if they sell some "things to expand your mind" on their longer flights and the FAs exhibit the "free love" ideology of the flower era... they should fly this bird to SFO  .

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Retro IFE, and no, the call button/light didn’t work (there wasn’t even a light in the hole)

Hmm, those buttons certainly have seen some action!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Where’s the DC10?

You're sitting in it!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Not the best lunch, but more than I was expecting. Some boxes had 7UP, others Pepsi. Water was also handed out which was good as I don’t do soft drinks.

Hmm, looks quite bad but then again that is a lot for a half an hour flight.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Look away if you are of a nervous disposition! Definitely in need of some TLC!

I like that mop lying there.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
When I head back to my seat, I took this photo. A member of crew (not sure of his job, he had a pilotish uniform on, but was travelling as a pax) became quite chatty, asking where I was from etc. I said it was a very old plane, and he replied that it was soon for a museum. No kidding!

So definitely very different from India - no issues with photos and friendly crews.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Before in I knew it, the seatbelt sign was back on, and we made our approach into Dhaka

There seems to be a lot of haze around. Is that heat haze or pollution?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Despite having asked the guy NOT to stamp one of my 2 completely empty passport pages, he does, despite saying he wouldn’t. Grrrr

I like how you put that handwritten note in there!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Dhaka has routemasters!

So that's where they all went!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Lalbagh Fort

I first read that as "Laibach" and was wondering what the heck does Ljubljana and excellent industrial music have to do with Bangla...  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Living in Japan at the time, I was fascinated to find an almost doppelganger for the lovey Japanese flag, just in green.

Very nice, I had no idea! I think the Nepalese and Bhutanese flags are still way cooler.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And Bangladesh, well it was quite the thrill ride. I didn’t see a single other sightseeing tourist for my entire stay outside of hotels. It really is quite off the beaten track!

Sounds like my kind of destination! If United (the other United) still running the multi stop Mad Dog flight LGW-DAC? That sounds like my kind of ride to arrive to my kind of destination!
 
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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Sat Apr 21, 2012 4:52 pm

Hi Gabriel,

just finished both part 5 and 6 of your excellent report series, again a great read with some truly amazing pictures. Interesting to read about these domestic flights in India, somehow I have thought that these are a bit more organized. After all there is quite an extensive domestic network.

I really enjoyed the pictures of Darjeeling and especially that little railroad. There was a documentary in TV just recently about this train and I thought that it would for sure be a great experience to ride this train (if it runs at all, they said on TV that the engines are broken quite often).

And congrats of course for flying a DC-10, a true classic. Really love the colorful and flowery interior, looks like straight out of a 70s living room. But service wise it seemed to be ok, even a little lunch on a short flight like this, not bad.

Now looking forward to read about the next parts of your adventure. Especially looking forward to read about this United, their liveries look interesting. And don't forget to include a picture of a bengal tiger in wildlife  

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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Sat Apr 21, 2012 6:39 pm

Hi there!

Really enjoyed your report and look forward to your future TRs on this trip around S/E Asia.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Thankfully, I arrived bang on schedule, and headed through the security control, and to the check in desks. Biman is handled by Air India in Calcutta (although it took me walking around the entire check in area to find this out), and there were a lot of desks open, so no queue. I asked what aircraft would be operating, and was told, after a bit of typing, “An Airbus, sir”. Oh no, that puts paid to my DC10 flight. Biman really do like changing their equipment! I asked for a window seat and was told that this sector was free seating.

Well, that explains why it's free seating... No one knows what will show up at the gate! Good to see you've caught the DC-10 though.

BG always late, no surprise... I doubt I'll get to fly their DC10s, though... Still two years left, I guess, but who knows.

Really good to see pictures of Dhaka... Looks a bit different compared to what I expected.

Thanks very much for writing this up.
 
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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Sat Apr 21, 2012 7:52 pm

HI Gabriel!

Nice report with nice pictures ! I'm happy that the DC-10 turned up in the end; those colors are a bit much for me. Amazingly short flight in a jet! UA used to fly DC-10s DEN-COS and that was probably about the same flight time. I've had my fair share of DC-10s but I much preferred the L-1011 instead.

Looking forward to the next part with the tigers!

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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Sun Apr 22, 2012 3:12 am

THanks for all the comments!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Sorry, I'm running out of superlatives here and I think the best is yet to come. But yes, you know what I was going to say. Excellent stuff. Truly mindbending. Love it.

Awh, thanks!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Trams in Kolkata? I'll be damned. Although that one looks more like a prison car than a public transportation vehicle.

Yes, trams, and yes, like prisons. No different from the Dhaka tuktuks

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
So what's the point of a viewing terrace then? What's up with the colors in your photos or is that just the pollution floating in the air?

Tinted glass  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Oh yes, these are essential for flight security. Many planes have gone down because they were missing.

I know, a terrible scurge on the world

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Hmm, looks quite bad but then again that is a lot for a half an hour flight.

Yeah, not bad for 100 or so miles

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
There seems to be a lot of haze around. Is that heat haze or pollution?

Both

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
I like how you put that handwritten note in there!

Didn't do much good though!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Sounds like my kind of destination! If United (the other United) still running the multi stop Mad Dog flight LGW-DAC? That sounds like my kind of ride to arrive to my kind of destination!

I don't think it runs anymore

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 15):
just finished both part 5 and 6 of your excellent report series, again a great read with some truly amazing pictures.

Thanks

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 15):
And congrats of course for flying a DC-10, a true classic. Really love the colorful and flowery interior, looks like straight out of a 70s living room. But service wise it seemed to be ok, even a little lunch on a short flight like this, not bad.

Yeah, was great to catch the DC10

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 16):
Really enjoyed your report and look forward to your future TRs on this trip around S/E Asia.

Thanks

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 16):
Well, that explains why it's free seating... No one knows what will show up at the gate! Good to see you've caught the DC-10 though.

Lucky they didn't sub it for a 737 (as was shecduled at one point) or they might have a slight overseel problem!

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 16):
Thanks very much for writing this up.

No problem!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
Nice report with nice pictures !

Thanks
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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Sun Apr 22, 2012 3:42 am

Well, as nice as India seemed, Bangladesh doesn't seem as appealing! But this was a great view into this world. Thank you for posting!
 
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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:53 am

Hi Gabriel,

nice! Such a rare ride, one that most of us can only dream of. I might have flown a NW DC10 many years ago, or it might have been an MD11 - I'll never know.

Some good pictures and insight of India and Bangladesh as well. Fascinating stuff.

Thanks

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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:35 pm

Fantastic report - thanks again for sharing this with us, and especially showing us the sights of Dhaka.

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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:08 pm

Yet another good read GC, I'm amazed at the travel you manage to pack in, I wish I had the time and money for more myself.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Sun-Air (British Airways) Dusseldorf-Billund (DUS-BLL)
Sun-Air (British Airways) Billund-Manchester (BLL-MAN)

- Looking forward to these.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
One airline cancelled the route (along with basically all of their scheduled flights), and the other put their entire operation on indefinite hiatus.

- Amazing, who would have thought Bimen was the safe bet!?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
On my way into the terminal, I noticed a sign for the “viewing lounge”. Hmm, seems a bit too good to be true in aviation hating India. Still, I had an obligation to check it out. I had to argue with the guard to let me out of the check in area. I then proceeded up many sets of un-air-conditioned stairs to find the “gallery”. To be fair, there was a view of the tarmac, just no planes to be seen. There were also plenty of signs saying that photography was prohibited

- Quite interesting somebody at some stage thought to include this in the build.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As I hadn’t attached any hand baggage tags to my bags, the guard got into a bit of a strop, before attaching some EK ones, then stamping them.

- What's the point?! - red tape!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Tarmac views were basically zero, but I did manage to get this:

- Window is filthy!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The reassuringly organgey and flowery cabin of the Biman DC10

- Wow, it's a blast to the 70's but the plane was built in 1988!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I asked one of the two very friendly cabin crew if I could have another glass of water. I thought she’d forgotten until she reappeared about 5 minutes later with this:

- Short of cups?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Look away if you are of a nervous disposition! Definitely in need of some TLC!

- Wow, love the mop in the loo!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And Bangladesh, well it was quite the thrill ride. I didn’t see a single other sightseeing tourist for my entire stay outside of hotels. It really is quite off the beaten track!

- Well it's not yet known as a tourist destination, you are indeed a trail blazer!

Cheers

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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:49 pm

Hi Gabriel,
Nice to see part 6 online. A very nice and interesting report. Enjoyed it very much

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There were also plenty of signs saying that photography was prohibited

interesting, doesn't look to inviting

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
short, but unmoving queue
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
long, slow moving line
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
another long unmoving line

Quite a lot of long and slow queues!

Very nice and interesting pictures of Bangladesh too. Looking forward to your next part!

cheers,
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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:03 pm

Thanks for the comments!

Quoting sfflyer123 (Reply 19):
Well, as nice as India seemed, Bangladesh doesn't seem as appealing! But this was a great view into this world. Thank you for posting!

Glad you liked it! Bangladesh is only for the hardened traveller!

Quoting signol (Reply 20):
nice!

Thanks!

Quoting signol (Reply 20):
Some good pictures and insight of India and Bangladesh as well. Fascinating stuff.

And there's more to come in Part 7!

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 21):
Fantastic report - thanks again for sharing this with us, and especially showing us the sights of Dhaka.

Thanks! Glad you liked it

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 22):
Yet another good read GC, I'm amazed at the travel you manage to pack in, I wish I had the time and money for more myself.

Thanks. I think this is my last big trip for a while

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 22):
- Looking forward to these.

Well, I've just done DUS-BLL, BLL-MAN is tomorrow

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 22):
- Amazing, who would have thought Bimen was the safe bet!?

The world keeps you guessing!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 22):
- What's the point?! - red tape!

To piss people off!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 22):
- Short of cups?

Who knows - it's Biman!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 23):
Nice to see part 6 online. A very nice and interesting report. Enjoyed it very much

Thanks!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 23):
Quite a lot of long and slow queues!

Yes, lots of queues!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 23):
Very nice and interesting pictures of Bangladesh too. Looking forward to your next part!

Thanks, Next part is out soon!
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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:40 am

Hi Gabriel,

I chance upon your TR and its a true gem. Really enlightened by your sharing of this unique and exotic experience on the air and on the ground. Congratulations on flying with the DC10 and on your path which few has taken!  

Wow, look at all the many exotic airlines in both Calcatta and Dhaka! Really great that you managed to shoot some scenes at the airport (despite the prohibition) which really makes visualisation of these rather unknown airports so much easier. The plane itself really looked like a step back in time. Though service seems rather great for a half hour flight, especially with that unexpected large bottle of water!

Thanks for sharing your travel photos in Dhaka as well. Its really great to get a glimpse at this really unknown destination. I am most intrigued but I doubt I'll get many opportunities to go there so thanks for sharing! Its a most interesting insight into Dhaka!

Bests,
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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:19 am

Hi Gab

Great continuation, flying a DC10 is not so common nowadays.
Until a few years back they where a very usual sight in BRU on their DAC-BRU-JFK route back in the days when there was a J class. This colerfull DC10 does have some nostalgia added to it.

Nice to see some Calcutta and Dhaka pics as well.

Greetings
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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:48 pm

Thanks for the comments Gavin and Marc!

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 25):

I chance upon your TR and its a true gem

Thanks Gavin! I just found your youtube reports - very amusing, esp when you spilt that Singapore Sling on the HAN-SIN flight. Haha! Will have to catch up on a few of those soon

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 25):
Wow, look at all the many exotic airlines in both Calcatta and Dhaka! Really great that you managed to shoot some scenes at the airport (despite the prohibition) which really makes visualisation of these rather unknown airports so much easier.

Yeah, it's always difficult taking photos in such places, but I thought I'd risk it!

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 25):
The plane itself really looked like a step back in time. Though service seems rather great for a half hour flight, especially with that unexpected large bottle of water!

Yeah, good service on a vintage plane!

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 25):
Thanks for sharing your travel photos in Dhaka as well. Its really great to get a glimpse at this really unknown destination. I am most intrigued but I doubt I'll get many opportunities to go there so thanks for sharing! Its a most interesting insight into Dhaka!
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 26):
Great continuation, flying a DC10 is not so common nowadays.

Yeah, was great to log finally

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 26):
Nice to see some Calcutta and Dhaka pics as well.

There are more to ocme in the next report
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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Sat Apr 28, 2012 8:37 pm

Gabriel...

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 13):
I'll repost all my reports into one super-giant one just for you?

Please, I'd love that. Wait to you see my next report... you'll have a hernia!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 13):
Yes, i had that sign in. Clearly he was a bit metally challenged

A good magnet would have determined that...
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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:07 pm

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 28):
Please, I'd love that. Wait to you see my next report... you'll have a hernia!

I'm looking forward to it. I clear my diary for an afternoon, and get some asprin ready
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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:14 pm

Hi Gabriel,

That is what I call exciting time travel! On board of a DC10! I love your pictures of Bangladesh as well!  


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I had a choice of either overlanding (um, boring!) or flying (yes, that sounds better).

What a dilemma! 


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
as not longer after I booked this happened:

It reminds me of my experience with Garuda back in 2004. Herman and I were supposed to fly out on 4th November and GA suspended the flight to Amsterdam on 1st November.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I asked for a window seat and was told that this sector was free seating.

Can you imagine the boarding rush if the plane was fully booked.   


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There were also plenty of signs saying that photography was prohibited.

The signs must have been outdated.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
the guard got into a bit of a strop, before attaching some EK ones, then stamping them.

Were you aware of this procedure? Otherwise, you could have asked for a BG tag.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The guy at the door, looked me up and down, and nodded me towards the curtain in front of door 2R

An odd procedure. Luckily you went through.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I thought she’d forgotten until she reappeared about 5 minutes later with this

How generous of her!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I have an uncontrollable urge to cut their fingers off

How about shaking his hand?  


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
he does, despite saying he wouldn’t. Grrrr

Bummer!  


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Lalbagh Fort

Erected by Aurangzeb who seized his own father Shah Jahan.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
this guy loved having his photo taken!

Precious!


Thanks for sharing.

Cheers,
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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Tue May 01, 2012 5:49 pm

Quoting akhmad (Reply 30):
That is what I call exciting time travel! On board of a DC10! I love your pictures of Bangladesh as well!

Thanks Suryo

Quoting akhmad (Reply 30):
It reminds me of my experience with Garuda back in 2004. Herman and I were supposed to fly out on 4th November and GA suspended the flight to Amsterdam on 1st November.

Lucky timing

Quoting akhmad (Reply 30):
Were you aware of this procedure? Otherwise, you could have asked for a BG tag.

I didn't realise how strict they were with it. I actually picked some BG ones up at the desk

Quoting akhmad (Reply 30):
An odd procedure. Luckily you went through.

Yup, lucky I was approved

Quoting akhmad (Reply 30):
How about shaking his hand?

Ha, no thanks!
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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Wed May 02, 2012 2:28 am

Hi Gabriel.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
“An Airbus, sir”. Oh no, that puts paid to my DC10 flight

Shame, but wait...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
McDonnell Douglas DC10 “New Era” S2-ACR

Perhaps the agent only said the first thing that came into her head.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As I hadn’t attached any hand baggage tags to my bags, the guard got into a bit of a strop

Well I suppose they do have their routines to follow

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The reassuringly organgey and flowery cabin of the Biman DC10

The fabric looks like something Mrs Bucket (pronounced bouquet) would wear.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Retro IFE, and no, the call button/light didn’t work (there wasn’t even a light in the hole)

As might be expected, that aircraft has seen some better days. Years of accumulated grime, bits broken off, heaven knows what that icky stuff on the back of the seat is. It's going to be in a museum, you say? It is a museum!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Finally nearly 2 hours after our STD, we push back. Finally, I’m on my way to Bangladesh!

Maybe they are used to lengthy ground delays if they handed out the lunch and refreshments before take-off.
Lovely photos and historical information in/about Dhaka and the river trip.
Thanks for sharing.
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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Wed May 02, 2012 9:21 am

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 32):
Perhaps the agent only said the first thing that came into her head.

I guess there are so many equipment changes the agents have no idea what's happening

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 32):
Well I suppose they do have their routines to follow

I suppose

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 32):
Maybe they are used to lengthy ground delays if they handed out the lunch and refreshments before take-off.

Probpably. I just don't understand how these delays build up so often on BG

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 32):
Lovely photos and historical information in/about Dhaka and the river trip.

Thanks!
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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Wed May 02, 2012 4:03 pm

This is speechless and from another era,

you flew the airline for the sake of flying pleasures.. congrats ...   

As soon as the maintenance meets the requirements, for the rest who cares...   


a big thumbs up for your courage
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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Wed May 02, 2012 4:41 pm

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 34):
This is speechless and from another era,

Yes, a snapshot of yesteryear

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 34):
As soon as the maintenance meets the requirements, for the rest who cares...

Quite - the planes seem very well maintained

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 34):
a big thumbs up for your courage

No courage necessary!
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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Sun Mar 27, 2016 8:09 pm

Hey Gabriel!

Great TR! How safe was bangladash? Were you ripped off anytime or trucked during your stay there?

Thanks for posting!
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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Mon Mar 28, 2016 9:43 pm

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
The reassuringly organgey and flowery cabin of the Biman DC10

Those seats remind me of when I flew back in the 70's.
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RE: Part 6: Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka, DC10

Wed Mar 30, 2016 9:24 am

Quoting Lesfalls (Reply 36):
Great TR!

Thanks! Back to see it back on the leader board!  
Quoting Lesfalls (Reply 36):
How safe was bangladash? Were you ripped off anytime or trucked during your stay there?

Overall, I was quite content in Bangladesh this time. However, on my next trip a few months later, my suitcase did go missing. Never really got to the bottom of what happened. Still, I don't feel any animosity to the country. I wrote about it here:
Asia 8: United Airways DAC-ZYL,Jet Airways DAC-CCU (by gabrielchew Nov 23 2012 in Trip Reports)

Quoting jeffrey1970 (Reply 37):
Those seats remind me of when I flew back in the 70's.

Yeah, they were quite retro
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