Immediately after the independence, Biman Bangladesh Airlines started its journey on 4th January 1972 with a DC-3 aircraft. After procuring two F-27s, Biman finally took-off on 7th March 1972 with domestic flights to Chittagong and Sylhet from its base at Dhaka. Shortly after, a Boeing 707 aircraft joined the airline’s fleet, allowing Biman to begin international flights. By end of the Seventies, Biman had a fleet of 8 F27 and 5 Boeing 707 to serve domestic and international destinations.
The Eighties was the new era of building Biman fleet with new Fokker 28-4000 in 1981, wide-bodied three DC10-30s joined in 1983, one new DC10-30 joined in 1989. In early 1990, Biman phased out its aging F27 and purchased two new ATPs to serve domestic and some regional destinations. In 1996 Biman also purchased two new Airbus 310-300 from Airbus Company and phased out its ATPs in 2004.
In order to modernize Biman fleet with new generation aircraft, Biman signed two agreements with Boeing in April and May 2008 for purchasing new generation 4 X 777-300ER, 4 X 787-8 and 2 X 737-800 aircraft. Three 777-300ER aircraft joined Biman fleet in October/November 2011 and February 2014. The 4th 777-300ER is being delivered on 21 March 2014. Besides, two 737-800s and four new 787-8s are scheduled to be delivered by Boeing in November/December 2015 and 2019-2020. Currently Biman is operating 02 domestic and 18 international destinations.
Biman signed an agreement with Egypt Air Holding Company for dry lease of two 777-200ER aircraft, which are expected to join in the fleet in March/April 2014. Biman is in a bid to operate more domestic destinations, as such procuring two Turbo-Prop aircraft.
Biman has already phased out vintage F28 and DC10-30 aircraft from its fleet as a part of fleet modernization. The airline operates its own ancillary and maintenance facilities at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
The composition of existing fleet of Biman is as follows:
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Biman is continuously working to enhance its fleet capability by leasing more appropriate capacity aircraft commensurate with market demand and serve the valued passengers at home and abroad.