United Airways adds A310-300 and ATR-72 to it’s fleet

11 10 2010

The United Airways (BD) Limited, the first listed airline in country’s capital market, added one Airbus A310 and one ATR-72 aircraft to its fleet on October 5, 2010 to consolidate its domestic, regional and international networks.

Capt. Tasbirul Ahmed Choudhury, Chairman and Managing Director, United Airways (BD) Ltd said, “This new addition of aircraft has increased the fleet strength of the airline to six.”

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United Airways celebrating three years of operation

11 07 2010

United Airways celebrates three years of its service today. On the 10th of July 2007 the leading private airline in Bangladesh started its operation with its maiden flight from Dhaka to Sylhet. The pioneers of this airline are non-resident Bangladeshi (NRB) particularly from Sylhet.

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More flights to UK

13 01 2010

Bangladesh and the UK have decided to permit airlines of both countries to operate 31 flights a week, up from 10 flights previously.

Bangladeshi carriers such as Biman, United Airways and GMG will be able to operate 17 flights to London and 14 flights to other destinations in the UK.

Full story: The Daily Star

Inaugural Flight Dhaka to London starting from Sylhet

1 12 2009

United Airways (BD) Ltd. a leading private sector airline founded by non-resident Bangladeshis, is starting its maiden Dhaka-London passenger flight on 21st November 2009. The first Dhaka-London flight of the airline is scheduled to take off from Dhaka for London with a 155-seat MD-83 and this flight starts from Sylhet and shall operate as domestic flight up to Dhaka. This aircraft is built in the USA and is equipped with state of the art technologies and navigational equipment.

United Airways has been designated to operate international flights to various countries by the government of Bangladesh. It is currently operating from Dhaka to Dubai, Kolkata, Chittagong, Jessore, Sylhet, and Cox’s Bazar and also from Chittagong to Kolkata.

Capt. Tasbirul Ahmed Choudhury, Chairman and Managing Director of United Airways (BD) Ltd. informed, “It will initially operate two passenger flights in a week on Dhaka-London route. On the other hand, we are scheduled to start Dhaka-Kuala Lumpur, Dhaka-Katmandu and Dhaka-Bangkok route by December 2009. By first quarter of 2010 we will start Dhaka-Jeddah route by state of the art Boeing 767-300ER”.

Capt. Tasbir also said, “United has one 155 seated MD-83 aircraft and two 37 seated Dash-8-100 aircraft. Another 155 seated MD-83 aircraft will join the fleet with-in November 2009. United Airways is also planning to procure another Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft by mid 2010.”

The one way special fare for Dhaka-London is Tk. 33683 (inclusive of all taxes) and return fare is $ 695 (exclusive of all taxes). Weekly two flights to London will be operated on Tuesday and Saturday and depart from Dhaka at 1200hrs.

“This operation is undoubtedly an achievement for the Bangladesh Aviation Industry, as United Airways is the first private airline to have planned this prestigious route in Europe” Capt. Choudhury added.

On 10 July 2007, United Airways first took to the skies with a slogan “Fly Your Own Airline” and has been providing committed services ever since. Since its inception, United received positive market response and presently holds a major share of the domestic and regional market. In a span of just two and half years of operation, United Airways has established its brand reputation for its maintenance of schedule, service and safety with the employment of latest technologies.

Hussain Muhammad Ershad, MP, Former President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh at M A G Osmani International Airport, Sylhet and G M Quader, MP, Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism at Zia International Airport formally inaugurated the first European flight operation as chief guests respectively. Among other guests who attended both the programs Mr. Muhammad Faruk Khan MP, Minister for Commerce, Mr. Shafiqur Rahman, MP, Diplomats of the foreign Mission, Govt. officials, High official of the travel agents, journalists of print and electronic media and high officials of United Airways were also present there. (source)

United Airways designated to fly United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia

10 08 2009

United Airways (BD) Limited, Bangladesh’s premier and most preferred airline, will launch services to London, the capital and largest city of the United Kingdom, and Jeddah the capital city of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from Dhaka, effective November, 2009.

This will be the airline’s fifth and sixth international flight from Bangladesh. The airline will launch three services a week on the Dhaka – London sector, on Tuesdays, Thursday and Sunday respectively, aboard a state-of-the-art Boeing new generation and MD83 aircrafts. With the introduction of this new flight, United Airways will fly to 7 cities in the Gulf, including Kuwait, Bahrain, Muscat, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Jeddah and Riyadh.

According to Capt. Tasbirul Ahmed Choudhury, Chairman and Managing Director, United Airways Limited, “UK and Saudi Arabia is a very important market for United Airways on account of the large volume of traffic to the United Kingdom and Gulf Kingdom, to and from Bangladesh, and an important addition to the airline’s growing international network. With the launch of our 5th and 6th international passenger service to United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia, we are confident of our position as among the leading carriers on these sectors.” (3/8/09)

United Airways launches flight to Dubai

27 07 2009

United Airways, the leading private airline of Bangladesh, has announced that it will start flying between Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from July 10, 2009.

The airline said in a statement that the new flight was being launched in order to meet the “fast-growing demand for air travel” on the Dhaka-Dubai route.

United Airways started operations on July 10, 2007, by flying on domestic routes in Bangladesh as well as to Kolkata in India.

The airline said it would operate 7 flights a week on the Dhaka-Dubai route using a MD-83 aircraft with 160 seats, including 8 business-class seats.

Tasbirul Ahmed Choudhury, chairman and managing director of United Airways, said in the statement that the airline had plans to launch flights to other destinations in the Persian Gulf region as well as to cities in Europe, including London, using Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.

One more MD-83 aircraft, with the same seat configuration, would join the United Airways fleet in order to fly on the Dhaka–Kuala Lumpur, Dhaka-Kathmandu, and Dhaka-Bangkok routes.

United Airways, according to its chairman and managing director, has already received permission from Bangladesh’s Civil Aviation Authority to operate 7 flights to Dubai, 3 flights to Bangkok (Thailand), 3 flights to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), and 4 flights to Kathmandu (Nepal).

Britain and the Persian Gulf countries, Choudhury added, were United Airways’ most important markets – with one in two people who fly abroad going to the 6 Persian Gulf countries and Britain.

The Persian Gulf countries and Britain combined employ over 70% of Bangladesh’s expatriate workers, who number over 5 million.

According to Choudhury, Emirates Airlines, the national airline of Dubai and the world’s 6th biggest carrier, currently carries a lion’s share of air traffic between Dhaka, Dubai and Britain.

United Airways, which is 95% owned by expatriate Bangladeshis, said it was also planning to operate two regional routes – to Canton in China and Yangon in Myanmar – by the end of 2009.

According to official data, air traffic in Bangladesh increased by 7.3% in 2008, making Bangladesh one of the fastest-growing air-travel markets in the region. source