US-Bangla Airlines enters 9th year Sunday
Md. Kamrul Islam || risingbd.com
US-Bangla Airlines is playing a leading role in keeping the airspace of Bangladesh operational after the Corona pandemic. US-Bangla, one of the private airlines of Bangladesh, has surpassed the success story for eight years. Today, (July 17), The Airlines enters 9th year of operations.
On 17 July 2014, US-Bangla started its journey in Bangladesh Aviation by operating a flight on the Dhaka-Jashore route with DASH8-Q400 aircraft. According to the plan, US-Bangla has strengthened the air communication system in the shortest possible time by operating flights to all airports within Bangladesh within the first one year.
Domestic routes operate flights from Dhaka to Chattogram, Cox's Bazar, Sylhet, Jashore, Saidpur, Barishal, Rajshahi. On 15 May 2016, within two years of the start of the US-Bangla journey, the flight on the Dhaka-Kathmandu route took off. US-Bangla international routes include Kolkata, Chennai, Male, Muscat, Doha, Dubai, Sharjah, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok and Guangzhou.
US-Bangla Airlines plans to operate flights to Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Medina, Abu Dhabi and Delhi in the near future. There are plans to add four Boeing 737-800 and three brand new ATR 72-600 aircraft to the US-Bangla fleet this year. Besides, US-Bangla Airlines is moving ahead with plans to operate flights to various destinations in Europe including London, Rome, Amsterdam by 2023 and to New York and Toronto by 2025.
The US-Bangla fleet currently has a total of 16 aircraft, including six Boeing 737-800, seven brand new ATR 72-600 and three Dash8-Q400. US-Bangla has a record of operating more than 90% on-time flights since its inception.
By setting a unique precedent in passenger service, US-Bangla has been able to gain the confidence of the passengers as a Bangladeshi airline. US-Bangla currently has about 1,800 officers and employees at home and abroad. Which is also working to solve the unemployment problem of the country. Besides, it is keeping the wheel of the country's economy running by paying regular tax-surcharges. Besides, the country's reputation has been enhanced by operating flights on international routes. Earning foreign exchange is making the country's economy stronger.
There are websites and mobile apps for collecting US-Bangla tickets. There are home delivery facilities. It has more than 40 sales offices of its own in the country and abroad. There is ‘Skystar’ for frequent flyers. Through which not only the ticket facility is available but also the passengers get discount facility for purchasing different types of products in different business establishments.
Since its independence, US-Bangla is the only local airline to operate direct flights to any destination in China or to Chennai in India or Male, the capital of the Maldives. In the context of Bangladesh, US-Bangla is providing a number of special services to passengers, which has set an example in the aviation industry. One of the notable services is the delivery of luggage in just 15 minutes after landing the international flight. US-Bangla is constantly working to establish the idea that "you will not wait for luggage but luggage will wait for you". Besides, there are various facilities for senior citizens including 20% discount.
US-Bangla not only transports passengers but also cargo to various domestic and international destinations. Since its inception, US-Bangla has been directly involved in the development of sports in the country, including various educational, social, and cultural institutions.
Mohammed Abdullah Al Mamun, Managing Director of US-Bangla Airlines, said on the occasion of entering its ninth year, “In a competitive world, we are ready to take on any kind of competitive challenge. In today's world, there is no substitute for brand new aircraft to provide proper service to passengers. US-Bangla is constantly adding new aircraft to the fleet to ensure comfortable service for passengers. US-Bangla operates flights on domestic routes with brand new aircraft. InshaAllah, in the near future, we are planning to operate flights on international routes with Brand New aircraft. The US-Bangla family is very happy and proud to be associated with the country's economic progress.”
On the occasion of entering its ninth year, he added, “With the eight years of success of US-Bangla Airlines, all the government and non-government organizations, various travel agents, tour operators, civil aviation authorities, various corporate offices, various print, electronic, online media journalists for US-Bangla Airlines has been successful crossing eight years. Also, I would like to express my gratitude to the officers and employees associated with the US-Bangla family.”
(The writer is the general manager (public relations) and spokesman of US-Bangla Airlines.)