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Biman aims to lift its market share

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State-run carrier Biman has taken initiatives including purchase of new aircraft and change in networking approach to raise its market share to 30 per cent from the present 20 per cent by 2027, a Biman official has said.
Besides, the national flag carrier has planned to purchase five more new aircraft over the next nine years as part of its 10-year fleet expansion plan, which awaits approval from the fleet committee.
“Two Dreamliner aircraft will be added to our fleet in August and November this year. Two more Dreamliners will come in 2019,” spokesperson of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Shakil Meraj told the media recently.
These four aircraft will come under a package deal signed with US aviation behemoth Boeing in 2008, he said. Biman purchased 10 planes from Boeing under the package at a cost of US$ 2.1 billion or Tk 200 billion. It has already received six aircraft — four Boeing 777-300 ER and two new-generation 737-800s and paid Tk 50 billion in installment, Mr Shakil added.
Biman carried 2.35 million passengers last year, up from 2.31 million in 2016. The country’s aviation market grows at 7.1 per cent annually. The number of Biman passengers has increased by 0.8 million in the past three years.
The national flag carrier will bring two Boeing 777-300s under the short-term wet lease from Fly Global of Malaysia in February this year in which it will get aircraft along with crew. Another four short range 74-seat D-8 aircraft will be brought under wet lease for three years by 2018 to use them for domestic and regional connectivity.
Request for Proposal (RFP) was published after which the Biman authority found two companies responsive. An agreement will be signed after finalising successful bidder by the technical evaluation committee.
Biman will purchase three D-8 aircraft from Canadian aircraft maker Bombardier by 2018. A letter of intent (LOI) has already been signed and approved by the subcommittee of the cabinet committee on government purchase.
Another four 300-seater aircraft will be brought in July this year under wet lease to support Hajj flight operations for three months. RFP has already been published in newspapers. The government has set a target to send 127,000 pilgrims this year, which may be increased up to 140,000.
A high-powered seven-member government delegation went to Saudi Arabia to sign an agreement with Riyadh on January 12. Biman will carry about 65,000-70,000 pilgrims for which it needs to ramp up its capacity. The additional aircraft will help Biman operate Hajj flights smoothly as well as prevent from cutting regular flights during Hajj flight operations.
Mr Shakil said the number of routes would also increase along with a rise in the number of aircraft.
Biman will start flight operation in Guangzhou, Colombo and Male from 2018. Besides, flights will be operated in long distance destinations like Sydney, Toronto and Tokyo with Dreamliners, he added.
Biman will also change the point-to-point approach and adopt hub and spook approach in increasing its networking. Dhaka will be the hub from where transit passengers can catch the connecting flights of other destinations, which will increase the number of passengers and cabin factor. Additional aircraft will help in carrying transit passengers.
Regarding improvement of services, Mr Shakil said that there are two things in service-on-time departure and in-flight service.
Last year Biman had 70 per cent on-time departure, which has been targeted increasing to 80-85 per cent, he added. There is no standby aircraft right now.

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Aviation Report

State-run carrier Biman has taken initiatives including purchase of new aircraft and change in networking approach to raise its market share to 30 per cent from the present 20 per cent by 2027, a Biman official has said.
Besides, the national flag carrier has planned to purchase five more new aircraft over the next nine years as part of its 10-year fleet expansion plan, which awaits approval from the fleet committee.
“Two Dreamliner aircraft will be added to our fleet in August and November this year. Two more Dreamliners will come in 2019,” spokesperson of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Shakil Meraj told the media recently.
These four aircraft will come under a package deal signed with US aviation behemoth Boeing in 2008, he said. Biman purchased 10 planes from Boeing under the package at a cost of US$ 2.1 billion or Tk 200 billion. It has already received six aircraft — four Boeing 777-300 ER and two new-generation 737-800s and paid Tk 50 billion in installment, Mr Shakil added.
Biman carried 2.35 million passengers last year, up from 2.31 million in 2016. The country’s aviation market grows at 7.1 per cent annually. The number of Biman passengers has increased by 0.8 million in the past three years.
The national flag carrier will bring two Boeing 777-300s under the short-term wet lease from Fly Global of Malaysia in February this year in which it will get aircraft along with crew. Another four short range 74-seat D-8 aircraft will be brought under wet lease for three years by 2018 to use them for domestic and regional connectivity.
Request for Proposal (RFP) was published after which the Biman authority found two companies responsive. An agreement will be signed after finalising successful bidder by the technical evaluation committee.
Biman will purchase three D-8 aircraft from Canadian aircraft maker Bombardier by 2018. A letter of intent (LOI) has already been signed and approved by the subcommittee of the cabinet committee on government purchase.
Another four 300-seater aircraft will be brought in July this year under wet lease to support Hajj flight operations for three months. RFP has already been published in newspapers. The government has set a target to send 127,000 pilgrims this year, which may be increased up to 140,000.
A high-powered seven-member government delegation went to Saudi Arabia to sign an agreement with Riyadh on January 12. Biman will carry about 65,000-70,000 pilgrims for which it needs to ramp up its capacity. The additional aircraft will help Biman operate Hajj flights smoothly as well as prevent from cutting regular flights during Hajj flight operations.
Mr Shakil said the number of routes would also increase along with a rise in the number of aircraft.
Biman will start flight operation in Guangzhou, Colombo and Male from 2018. Besides, flights will be operated in long distance destinations like Sydney, Toronto and Tokyo with Dreamliners, he added.
Biman will also change the point-to-point approach and adopt hub and spook approach in increasing its networking. Dhaka will be the hub from where transit passengers can catch the connecting flights of other destinations, which will increase the number of passengers and cabin factor. Additional aircraft will help in carrying transit passengers.
Regarding improvement of services, Mr Shakil said that there are two things in service-on-time departure and in-flight service.
Last year Biman had 70 per cent on-time departure, which has been targeted increasing to 80-85 per cent, he added. There is no standby aircraft right now.


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US-Bangla Airlines to sponsor Dhaka Travel Mart

Tourism Report

Kazi Wahidul Alam, Editor The Bangladesh Monitor and  Mohammad Abdullah Al Mamun, Managing Director of US-Bangla Airlines exchanging documents after signing an agreement in Dhaka recently. Under the agreement US-Bangla Airlines will support the international tourism fair-Dhaka Travel Mart 2018, to be held in Dhaka from March 22-24, as the title sponsor.

Country’s premier international tourism fair- Dhaka Travel Mart 2018 will be held from March 22 to 24  at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon hotel  in the city. Leading private sector airline of Bangladesh US-Bangla Airlines to support the fair as the Title Sponsor.  The fair is being organised for the fifteenth time by The Bangladesh Monitor, premier travel and tourism English fortnightly of the country.
A MoU to this effect was signed  by Kazi Wahidul Alam, Editor The Bangladesh Monitor and  Mohammad Abdullah Al Mamun, Managing Director of US-Bangla Airlines in Dhaka recently.
Thanking US-bangla Airlines for their support Kazi Wahidul Alam said “  Interest of people in tourism has continuously been growing along with the addition of new features to tourism products and services . This year a big number of organisations from home and abroad are expected to  showcase their innovative products and services during the Dhaka Travel Mart. “
“Sponsoring the biggest tourism fair of Bangladesh is the testament to our constant efforts in developing country’s tourism sector. We are planning to offer attractive tour packages at affordable cost for the visitors. Besides, the visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy attractive discounts on airfares for travel to our domestic and international destination.” said Mohammad Abdullah Al Mamun. Foreign participants and guests will also enjoy special fares, he informed.
National tourism organisations, airlines, tour operators, hotels, resorts and other tourism related organisations will showcase their products and services in eighty pavilions and booths during the fair. Dhaka Travel Mart will be open for visitor from 10 am to 8 pm every day.

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Kazi Wahidul Alam, Editor The Bangladesh Monitor and  Mohammad Abdullah Al Mamun, Managing Director of US-Bangla Airlines exchanging documents after signing an agreement in Dhaka recently. Under the agreement US-Bangla Airlines will support the international tourism fair-Dhaka Travel Mart 2018, to be held in Dhaka from March 22-24, as the title sponsor.

Country’s premier international tourism fair- Dhaka Travel Mart 2018 will be held from March 22 to 24  at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon hotel  in the city. Leading private sector airline of Bangladesh US-Bangla Airlines to support the fair as the Title Sponsor.  The fair is being organised for the fifteenth time by The Bangladesh Monitor, premier travel and tourism English fortnightly of the country.
A MoU to this effect was signed  by Kazi Wahidul Alam, Editor The Bangladesh Monitor and  Mohammad Abdullah Al Mamun, Managing Director of US-Bangla Airlines in Dhaka recently.
Thanking US-bangla Airlines for their support Kazi Wahidul Alam said “  Interest of people in tourism has continuously been growing along with the addition of new features to tourism products and services . This year a big number of organisations from home and abroad are expected to  showcase their innovative products and services during the Dhaka Travel Mart. “
“Sponsoring the biggest tourism fair of Bangladesh is the testament to our constant efforts in developing country’s tourism sector. We are planning to offer attractive tour packages at affordable cost for the visitors. Besides, the visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy attractive discounts on airfares for travel to our domestic and international destination.” said Mohammad Abdullah Al Mamun. Foreign participants and guests will also enjoy special fares, he informed.
National tourism organisations, airlines, tour operators, hotels, resorts and other tourism related organisations will showcase their products and services in eighty pavilions and booths during the fair. Dhaka Travel Mart will be open for visitor from 10 am to 8 pm every day.


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China drives efficiency at state-owned airlines

Chinese state-owned carriers could become more competitive on the international stage, following the change in their parents’ ownership structures.
Earlier this month, Air China and China Eastern Airlines both disclosed that their parent companies – China National Aviation Holding and China Eastern Air Holding, have converted from state-owned enterprises into limited liability companies. China Southern Airlines is expected to make a similar announcement at some point.
This follows the Chinese government’s announcement last year that all major SOEs will be converted into joint-stock or limited liability companies by the end of 2017. This is a push to introduce mixed ownership between the government and private sector, aimed at driving efficiency in often-bloated SOEs, separate government work from the day-to-day management of businesses, and bring these firms more into line with corporate practices.
Corrine Png, chief executive of transport equity research firm Crucial Perspective, says the reform will help to improve the level of information disclosure, transparency, performance and governance of the airline holding companies. This is important because Chinese carriers are increasingly pursuing growth on international routes, exposing themselves to stiff competition.
“Improving the quality of corporate disclosure and governance at the parent level is a significant step that will help drive the Chinese airlines’ commercial strategies and performance monitoring, improving their competitiveness further as they continue to expand on international routes and gain market share,” she adds.

A BOOST FOR PRIVATE MONEY
The move could also pave the way for more private investment in state-owned airlines. Last week, China also made it easier for state and private Chinese companies to invest in the country’s civil aviation industry, in a bid to boost its development.
Under the revision, state-owned and private investment entities may individually or jointly invest in the civil aviation industry. It has made clear that key players Air China, China Eastern and China Southern must, however, remain majority controlled by state-owned shareholders.
The three carriers are already listed on the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges, where investors can take a stake, and a number of transactions have taken place in the past years.
In 2015, Delta Air Lines acquired 10% of China Eastern’s Hong Kong-listed shares for $450 million. This translates to a 3.55% stake in the Chinese airline. The airline’s president has also said that it will work to attract other investments, and reduce the stakes held by state-owned enterprises.
Last year, China Southern also sold a 2.68% stake to American Airlines for HK$1.55 billion ($198 million). American also has an observer on the Chinese carrier’s board, without any voting rights. This makes Air China the only state-owned operator without a foreign investor.
As Beijing attempts to loosen its grip and liberalise the industry, and as Chinese carriers continue to aggressively pursue international growth, more foreign partnerships and investments can be expected. Any relaxation in ownership and investment rules, either at the parent or airline level, would thus be beneficial.
More quickly, changing the parent companies’ ownership could see more private investment in the parents’ various subsidiaries, such as ground handling, catering or airfreight logistics.

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Chinese state-owned carriers could become more competitive on the international stage, following the change in their parents’ ownership structures.
Earlier this month, Air China and China Eastern Airlines both disclosed that their parent companies – China National Aviation Holding and China Eastern Air Holding, have converted from state-owned enterprises into limited liability companies. China Southern Airlines is expected to make a similar announcement at some point.
This follows the Chinese government’s announcement last year that all major SOEs will be converted into joint-stock or limited liability companies by the end of 2017. This is a push to introduce mixed ownership between the government and private sector, aimed at driving efficiency in often-bloated SOEs, separate government work from the day-to-day management of businesses, and bring these firms more into line with corporate practices.
Corrine Png, chief executive of transport equity research firm Crucial Perspective, says the reform will help to improve the level of information disclosure, transparency, performance and governance of the airline holding companies. This is important because Chinese carriers are increasingly pursuing growth on international routes, exposing themselves to stiff competition.
“Improving the quality of corporate disclosure and governance at the parent level is a significant step that will help drive the Chinese airlines’ commercial strategies and performance monitoring, improving their competitiveness further as they continue to expand on international routes and gain market share,” she adds.

A BOOST FOR PRIVATE MONEY
The move could also pave the way for more private investment in state-owned airlines. Last week, China also made it easier for state and private Chinese companies to invest in the country’s civil aviation industry, in a bid to boost its development.
Under the revision, state-owned and private investment entities may individually or jointly invest in the civil aviation industry. It has made clear that key players Air China, China Eastern and China Southern must, however, remain majority controlled by state-owned shareholders.
The three carriers are already listed on the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges, where investors can take a stake, and a number of transactions have taken place in the past years.
In 2015, Delta Air Lines acquired 10% of China Eastern’s Hong Kong-listed shares for $450 million. This translates to a 3.55% stake in the Chinese airline. The airline’s president has also said that it will work to attract other investments, and reduce the stakes held by state-owned enterprises.
Last year, China Southern also sold a 2.68% stake to American Airlines for HK$1.55 billion ($198 million). American also has an observer on the Chinese carrier’s board, without any voting rights. This makes Air China the only state-owned operator without a foreign investor.
As Beijing attempts to loosen its grip and liberalise the industry, and as Chinese carriers continue to aggressively pursue international growth, more foreign partnerships and investments can be expected. Any relaxation in ownership and investment rules, either at the parent or airline level, would thus be beneficial.
More quickly, changing the parent companies’ ownership could see more private investment in the parents’ various subsidiaries, such as ground handling, catering or airfreight logistics.


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13th Death Anniversary of Dr. M.A. Aziz observed

Programs: at Chittagong on 17th Jan 2018.
On the occasion of 13th Death Anniversary of eminent Environment Scientist Dr. M.A. Aziz, Doa Mehfil, Milad & offering Fateha for the departed soul will be arranged on 17th Jan 2018 at Kadam Mobarak Masjid Dr. Aziz’s Mazar, after Asar prayer by Dr. M.A. Aziz Memorial Council. Tabruk will be distrusted among the attendees of Doa Mahfil.
On this day (17-01-18) Dr. M.A. Aziz Memorial Council will also distribute cooked food among the poors and street childrens at Hzt Amir Ali Shah (R: ) Mazar premices after Zohor prayer at Chittagong.
At Dhaka, Joypara on 24th Jan 2018
On this occasion Dr. M.A. Aziz Memorial Council will arrange Doa and Milad Mahfil at his birth place Dohar, Dhaka after Zohor prayer and distribute tabruk among the attendees of Doa Mehfil on 24th January 2018.
All relatives, friends and wel-wishers of Dr. M.A. Aziz are requested by Dr. M.A. Aziz Memorial Council to attend the programs.

Life sketch of Professor Dr. M.A. Aziz in brief
Born     : 3rd January 1937, Dohar, Dhaka. Death    : 17th January 2005
Father    : Late Shamed Ali    Mother        : Late  Majedunnessa
He was born in repectable muslim family. His wife Saleha Aziz  is the sister of Mr. H.M. Hakim Ali, owner of Hotel Agrabad. Dr. Aziz is the proud father of one son and two daughters.
Education: a. Passed Matriculation Exam(with distrinction marks) inmerit list in the year 1952 from local Joypara High School and passed Intermediate Exam in Schience Group in merit list from Dhaka College in the year 1954.
b. Obtained Graduation Degree in Civil Engineering and was placed in First Class from Ahsanullah Engineering College in the year 1959.
c. He obtained Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from A&M Varsity from USA in the year of 1962.
d. Obtained Ph.D. Degree from  Glaxo Strath Cline University, UK in the year 1970.
Career. Served as Lecturer in Ahsanullah Engineering and Technology University. Rendered services as Lecturer, Sr. Lecturer and Asst. Professor in Bangladesh University of Science & Technology. Served as Senior Lecter, Asst. Professor, Associate Professor and full-fledged professor in the same University till his expiry. He also served as a visiting Professor in Montana University of USA in the year 1984-1985.
Recognition & Awards: Dr. M.A. Aziz won Foundatio9n Research Medal twice, from Bambay, India achieved “Shamsher Prakash Awards” in 1981 on Science Research. He invented Fibredrain for soft soil stabilization for construction of buildings, bridges,roads and training  and bank protection/coastal protection works (UK patent No.16 000 737) and Singapore patent No.591/(82) and did patent in his name.
Research & Publication: Engineering Institute of Bangladesh published three journals in 1973, 1974 and in 1975 on Ternary water pollution and purification drinking water as  research based book written by Dr. M.A. Aziz. In 1975 there is publication from India on “Public Health for Engineers”Vol-4, in 1978 from International Water Pollution Organisation London,Japan,USA,China, Turkey, Singapore, Philippines, Hongkong, Taiwan, Brunei, India, Holland, Denmark, Spain and many other countries on water pollution,water management,River control availability of underground water and Environment pollution. More than hundred research books were published.
Writtings of late Dr. M.A. Aziz: 1. A Text Book of Surveying, 2.A Text Book of Estimating and Costing, 3. Engineering Materials,4.Water Supply Engineering.5. 5. Role of mixing in biochemical stabilization of wastewater organics, 6. Deterioration of marine concrete structure with special emphasis on corrosion of Reinforcement in marine concrete  structures. Edited by A.P. Crane, Ellis Howood Ltd., England.pp. 91-99, 1983.

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Programs: at Chittagong on 17th Jan 2018.
On the occasion of 13th Death Anniversary of eminent Environment Scientist Dr. M.A. Aziz, Doa Mehfil, Milad & offering Fateha for the departed soul will be arranged on 17th Jan 2018 at Kadam Mobarak Masjid Dr. Aziz’s Mazar, after Asar prayer by Dr. M.A. Aziz Memorial Council. Tabruk will be distrusted among the attendees of Doa Mahfil.
On this day (17-01-18) Dr. M.A. Aziz Memorial Council will also distribute cooked food among the poors and street childrens at Hzt Amir Ali Shah (R: ) Mazar premices after Zohor prayer at Chittagong.
At Dhaka, Joypara on 24th Jan 2018
On this occasion Dr. M.A. Aziz Memorial Council will arrange Doa and Milad Mahfil at his birth place Dohar, Dhaka after Zohor prayer and distribute tabruk among the attendees of Doa Mehfil on 24th January 2018.
All relatives, friends and wel-wishers of Dr. M.A. Aziz are requested by Dr. M.A. Aziz Memorial Council to attend the programs.

Life sketch of Professor Dr. M.A. Aziz in brief
Born     : 3rd January 1937, Dohar, Dhaka. Death    : 17th January 2005
Father    : Late Shamed Ali    Mother        : Late  Majedunnessa
He was born in repectable muslim family. His wife Saleha Aziz  is the sister of Mr. H.M. Hakim Ali, owner of Hotel Agrabad. Dr. Aziz is the proud father of one son and two daughters.
Education: a. Passed Matriculation Exam(with distrinction marks) inmerit list in the year 1952 from local Joypara High School and passed Intermediate Exam in Schience Group in merit list from Dhaka College in the year 1954.
b. Obtained Graduation Degree in Civil Engineering and was placed in First Class from Ahsanullah Engineering College in the year 1959.
c. He obtained Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from A&M Varsity from USA in the year of 1962.
d. Obtained Ph.D. Degree from  Glaxo Strath Cline University, UK in the year 1970.
Career. Served as Lecturer in Ahsanullah Engineering and Technology University. Rendered services as Lecturer, Sr. Lecturer and Asst. Professor in Bangladesh University of Science & Technology. Served as Senior Lecter, Asst. Professor, Associate Professor and full-fledged professor in the same University till his expiry. He also served as a visiting Professor in Montana University of USA in the year 1984-1985.
Recognition & Awards: Dr. M.A. Aziz won Foundatio9n Research Medal twice, from Bambay, India achieved “Shamsher Prakash Awards” in 1981 on Science Research. He invented Fibredrain for soft soil stabilization for construction of buildings, bridges,roads and training  and bank protection/coastal protection works (UK patent No.16 000 737) and Singapore patent No.591/(82) and did patent in his name.
Research & Publication: Engineering Institute of Bangladesh published three journals in 1973, 1974 and in 1975 on Ternary water pollution and purification drinking water as  research based book written by Dr. M.A. Aziz. In 1975 there is publication from India on “Public Health for Engineers”Vol-4, in 1978 from International Water Pollution Organisation London,Japan,USA,China, Turkey, Singapore, Philippines, Hongkong, Taiwan, Brunei, India, Holland, Denmark, Spain and many other countries on water pollution,water management,River control availability of underground water and Environment pollution. More than hundred research books were published.
Writtings of late Dr. M.A. Aziz: 1. A Text Book of Surveying, 2.A Text Book of Estimating and Costing, 3. Engineering Materials,4.Water Supply Engineering.5. 5. Role of mixing in biochemical stabilization of wastewater organics, 6. Deterioration of marine concrete structure with special emphasis on corrosion of Reinforcement in marine concrete  structures. Edited by A.P. Crane, Ellis Howood Ltd., England.pp. 91-99, 1983.


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