Dhaka: To keep the import-export operations of Bangladesh moving while air connectivity between the country and the rest of the world has been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, private carrier US-Bangla Airlines has announced today that it will launch cargo flights from next week.
During the outbreak, the airline, with its four Boeing 737-800 aircraft, will fly in essential medical equipments such as PPE, hand sanitiser, hand gloves, mask etc from various countries to help medical staff of the country treat coronavirus patients.
Apart from it, the carrier will also carry export items of the country such as garments and agriculture goods, among others, to several destinations worldwide.
Each of the Boeing 737-800 of the airline can carry 20 tonnes of cargo in its cargo compound.
However, US-Bangla will only be able to transport cargo to and from those countries which have bilateral agreements with Bangladesh. Initially, the carrier plans to operate cargo flights to Singapore, Malaysia, China, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, India, Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE.
It is to be mentioned here that US-Bangla is the only Bangladeshi carrier currently operating passenger flights (one weekly) to China's Guangzhou every Saturday from Dhaka.