United Airways to operate Dhaka-Kolkata flight from Sept 24

Written by Agencies | Kolkata, August 28: | Updated: Aug 28 2008, 23:15pm hrs
United Airways Bangladesh, a private airline in Bangladesh, will start a daily flight between Dhaka and Kolkata from September 24.

The airline would deploy a 37-seater Dash-8-100 aircraft for the sector. It would be the second private airline from Bangladesh, after GMG Airline, to operate between Dhaka and Kolkata.

United Airways would have Dhaka-Kathmandu and Chittagong- Kolkata flights after a couple of months also, United Airways Director, Marketing and Sales, Jilanee F R Chowdhury told reporters in Kolkata.

The airline would subsequently expand operation to Mumbai, Chennai and Guwahati, besides starting flights to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Bahrain, Dubai and London, he said.

Beginning its operation about a year ago with Two Dash-8-100 Canadian aircraft, the airline was planning outright purchase of six big jets, including Airbus A-310 or Boeing-737-800, to expand its fleet for international operations to 25 destinations in the next five years.

"We have planned to raise Rs 2,000 crore over the five years," he said.

Encouraged by 10 per cent air traffic growth in Bangladesh, the airline has decided to operate passenger and cargo services in international sectors after getting a licence from the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh.