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  • Biman drop three destinations

    Bangladeshi flag carrier have suspended Delhi, Yangon and Hong Kong due to them being loss making routes according to some, others claim temporary suspensions for hajj.


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    The carrier may also lease two Dash 8Q-400, earlier they were to get ATR 72-500 but dropped the plan.

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      Why Delhi ? It can't be shortage of business. Competition from Indian low-costs ? Poor reputation ?

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        As for Yangon, I can see the destination growing in profitability in the future, but as they are just emerging into greater levels of democracy (and as the sanctions are being lifted) - the market might need to mature a little more before it is one that is profitable for Biman. That is past the horrible situation relating to the Rohinga - that we can only hope will be resolved quickly, humanely and peacefully. I can though, see how souring tensions here would have an impact on profitability.

        Originally posted by HalcyonDays View Post
        Why Delhi ? It can't be shortage of business. Competition from Indian low-costs ? Poor reputation ?
        You're likely right on both counts. The closing of the routes in 2012 probably left a hole in the market that eager Indian carriers were happy to fill. Not flying is, I guess, a poor reputation.

        As for Hong Kong and Delhi - the article below supports the assertion that Hong Kong had ok loads and so are being suspended to provide capacity for the Hajj/Umrah flights. However, the loads on the Delhi flight (at least on the Dhaka-Delhi leg) are horrible. The return leg is better, but nonetheless, this one might be the one that does not come back.

        http://www.thedailystar.net/biman-ha...ry-hajis-38883

        The national carrier resumed twice weekly service each on the routes in May last year, a year after it suspended operations to these two long-served destinations in 2012 due to a severe shortage of aircraft.

        The last flight with a 162-seated Boeing 737 aircraft flew to Hong Kong on Friday with 156 passengers and returned home with 119 passengers. A similar aircraft flew to Delhi on Saturday with 32 passengers and returned with 104 passengers.
        Whatever is necessary, is never unwise.

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