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  • Immediately after the independence, Biman Bangladesh Airlines started its journey on January 4, 1972 with a Douglas DC-3 aircraft. After procuring two F.27s, Biman finally took-off on March 7, 1972 with domestic flights to Chittagong and Sylhet from its base at Dhaka. Shortly after, a Boeing 707 aircraft joined the airline’s fleet, allowing Biman to begin international flights. By end of the Seventies, Biman had a fleet of 8 F.27 and 5 Boeing 707 to serve domestic and international destinations.

    The Eighties was the new era of building Biman fleet with new Fokker F.28-4000s in 1981, wide-bodied three DC-10-30s joined in 1983, one new DC-10-30 joined in 1989.

    In early 1990, Biman phased out its aging F.27 and purchased two new ATPs to serve domestic and some regional destinations.

    In 1996 Biman also purchased two new Airbus A310-300s from Airbus Company and phased out its ATPs in 2004.

    In order to modernize Biman fleet with new generation aircraft, Biman signed two agreements with Boeing in April and May 2008 for purchasing new generation 4 X 777-300ER, 4 X 787-8 and 2 X 737-800 aircraft. Four 777-300ER aircraft joined Biman fleet in October/November 2011, February 2014 and 21 March 2014. Two 737-800s aircraft joined Biman fleet in November/December 2015. Three Boeing 787-8 aircraft joined Biman fleet in August/December 2018 and August 2019. On May 16, 2019, 5th Boeing 737-800 arrives to join Biman fleet. 6th Boeing 737-800 arrives to join Biman fleet on June 30, 2019. Fourth new 787-8 aircraft delivered by Boeing in September 2019.

    Currently Biman is operating 07 domestic and 16 international destinations. Biman is in a bid to operate more domestic destinations, as such procuring two turbo-prop aircraft.

    Biman has already phased out its vintage .28 and DC-10-30 aircraft from its fleet as a part of fleet modernization. The airline operates its own ancillary and maintenance facilities at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.