Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Bangladesh Carrier GMG Views Fleet Enhancement


AWIN First Jun 15 , 2010
Neelam Mathews

GMG Airlines, Bangladesh’s largest privately owned airline, with seven aircraft including a recently inducted Boeing 767-300ER, is looking at fleet replacement and enhancement.

The carrier also has three Bombardier Dash 8s and three MD-80s (two MD-82s and one-83), and is planning to add a second 767 in four months. “We are looking at around 30 aircraft in the next five years,” says Jack Ekyl, director of flight operations. “We want planes that are identical. Our options are to go with Boeing NGs as they have a commonality with the 767s and MDs. We could consider the new Embraer 190 and should Airbus come here, we could look at the A319 and even the A330s.

“We find that brand loyalty is strong in Bangladesh. We will upgrade our service on the 767 to come close to matching that of Emirates, which has three daily flights from Dhaka to Dubai,” says Ekyl.

Other airlines operating at Dhaka’s Shahjalal International Airport include Jet Airways, Thai Airways International, Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines. SpiceJet will start serving Dhaka soon, says Ekyl. “Bangladesh has flying rights to many destinations, so that will not be an issue for us.”

GMG flies to international destinations including Karachi, Pakistan; Kathmandu, Nepal; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; and Kolkata, India. The carrier plans to start two weekly flights to Singapore, and to Jeddah and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.

GMG recently began using the Emirates-owned Automated Reservations Management System.

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