United Airways (BD) Limited, a private airlines, on Tuesday inducted the recently purchased two aircraft - MD-83 and ATR-72 - in its fleet.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister M Faruk Khan formally inducted these aircraft as the chief guest at a function at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary Khurshed Alam Chowdhury, Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh Air Vice Marshal Mahmud Hussain, and Managing Director of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited Muhammad Abdul Mannan attended the programme as special guests.
Capt Tasbirul Ahmed Choudhury, Chairman and Managing Director of United Airways (BD) Ltd., said: “These new addition of ATR-72 and MD-83 aircraft has increased the fleet strength of United Airways to eleven.”
“We definitely want to increase our fleet as this is the right time to procure desired aircraft to expand more domestic, regional and international destinations. The ATR-72 aircraft have 64 economy class seats and the MD-83 aircraft 167 economy class seats,” he added.
Capt Choudhury also said that these types of aircraft result in simplified and efficient operations. “Such operations mean the most cost-effective service and savings passed on to our customers in the form of competitive fares.”
United Airways, the first ever listed company in the capital market in aviation sector of Bangladesh, is now operating international routes from Dhaka to Jeddah, Dubai, Muscat, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Kathmandu and Kolkata. Very soon Singapore, Doha and Yangon will be added to its list of international destinations.
Now United has a total of 11 aircraft which are two Airbus-310, five MD-83, three ATR-72 and one Dash-8-100 aircraft.