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    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.

        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.