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Move to make Biman more profitable: Menon

SANGSAD BHABAN, June 19, 2017 (BSS) - Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon today told the Jatiya Sangsad that the government undertook various steps to make Bangladesh Biman as more profitable airlines.

"The government took various steps to make Bangladesh Biman as a more profitable organization," the minister said this 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 the Biman's fleet has been modernized 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 Company in the fleet. As a result, he said, Biman's, maintenance, fuel and repair cost has been declined to a great extent.

The minister said two 777-200 ER aircraft have been taken on lease in 2014 for five years to raise capacity of the Biman's fleet. Besides, he said, two DASH-8Q 400 aircraft 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 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.

In replaying to another question from treasury bench member Safura Begum, the minister said the national flag career made a profit of Taka 600 crore 12 lakh and 33 thousand in the 2014-15 and the 2015-16 fiscal years.