Biman to be profit making shortly: PM

UNB, Dhaka :
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday expressed the hope that the national flag carrier, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, will be a profit making organisation in the near future.
The PM voiced the hope while formally launching the induction of a 777-300ER aircraft named ‘Akash Pradeep’ at the VVIP ramp of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
The capability of Biman Bangladesh Airlines to sustain in the global competition has been increased to a new height with the induction of fourth generation Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with most modern technology to its emaciated fleet.
Two other such aircrafts were inducted in the fleet of Biman Bangladesh Airlines in 2011 with active cooperation and endeavor of Awami League-led Grand Alliance government, and the fourth Boeing 777-300ER will be added to the Biman fleet by end of the next month.
From the same programme, the Prime Minister also said goodbye to the last passenger carrying DC-10 aircraft of the world, saying that this was also a historic moment.
The Prime Minister directed the authorities concerned to increase amenities including quality food and boost the services of Biman Bangladesh Airlines to attract passengers, especially over 80 lakh expatriate Bangladeshis.
She also asked the Biman authorities for further boosting the existing e-ticketing system.
Sheikh Hasina said, a tunnel with modern facilities would be constructed from Airport Railway Station to Hazrat Shahjalal ® International Airport so that passengers from across the country could easily enter into the airport from the railway station.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry and Railway Ministry will jointly implement the project, she said, adding that the services of Bangladesh Railway will also be enhanced.
The Prime Minister said that soon after the independence, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman established Biman Bangladesh Airlines through presidential order 126 in 1972, and Biman started its journey with a DC 3 aircraft of Bangladesh Air Force.