Move on to make Biman more profitable: Menon

Dhaka,  Sat,  23 September 2017
Published : 19 Jun 2017, 21:57:09

Move on to make Biman more profitable: Menon

National flag carrier made Tk 6.12b profit in last 2 yrs
Move on to make Biman more profitable: Menon
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon has told the parliament that the government has undertaken various steps to make Bangladesh Biman more profitable, reports BSS.

"The government took various steps to make Bangladesh Biman a more profitable organisation," the minister said this on Monday while responding to a tabled question of treasury bench member Kamal Ahmed Majumder in the House with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.

Menon said Biman's fleet has been modernised by phasing out its old F-28/DC 10-30 aircraft and inducting four new generation 777-300 aircraft and two 737-800 aircraft of Boeing in the fleet.

As a result, he said, Biman's maintenance, fuel and repair cost has declined to a great extent.

The minister also said two 777-200 ER aircrafts have been taken on lease in 2014 for five years to raise capacity of Biman's fleet.

Besides, he said, two DASH-8Q 400 aircrafts have been taken on lease in April 2015 for operating domestic flights. As a result, the capacity for ferrying passengers has gone up, he added.

Menon also informed that the weekly flight frequency capacity of Biman in Kuala Lumpur, Kolkata, Bangkok, Yangon, Jeddah, Dammam, Kuwait and London has been increased.

The minister said efforts have been made to boost Biman's revenue income by implementing "revenue management" and "revenue integrity system" while steps have been taken to reduce global distribution system (GDS) cost in the process for increasing online sales.

Replying to another question from treasury bench member Safura Begum, he said the national flag carrier made a profit of Tk 6.12 billion in 2014-15 and 2015-16 fiscal years.
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