Dhaka: The country's largest private carrier US-Bangla Airlines has entered its 7th year of operations on July 17. The airline, launched with the slogan "Fly Fast-Fly Safe", started its journey in 2014 and since then it has achieved many milestones one after another.
Speaking on the occasion, Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mamun, Managing Director, US-Bangla Airlines, said, "In a competitive world, we are ready to take on any kind of competition challenge. In today's time, there is no substitute for inducting brand new aircraft to provide proper services to passengers. US-Bangla Airlines is constantly adding new aircraft to its fleet to ensure comfortable service to its passengers. US-Bangla is the only local airline operating domestic flights with brand new aircraft. In sha Allah, I am planning to add more brand new aircraft to the international route in the near future. The US-Bangla family is very happy and proud to be associated with the country's economic progress."
US-Bangla Airlines commenced its operations in Bangladesh with a Dhaka-Jashore flight operated by two Dash8-Q400 aircraft.
From its inception, the airline has been maintaining on-time flight departure and international standard in-flight service with its own catering.
Within a year of the launch, US-Bangla flights started operating at all airports of Bangladesh.
In its domestic network, the carrier operates flights from Dhaka to Chattogram, Cox's Bazar, Sylhet, Jashore, Saidpur, Barishal and Rajshahi.
US-Bangla Airlines began flying to international destinations with the launch of its Dhaka-Kathmandu flight on May 15, 2016.
Before COVID-19, it had operated regular flights from Dhaka to Kolkata, Chennai, Muscat, Doha, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok and Guangzhou.
It also operates flights from Chattogram to Kolkata, Chennai, Muscat and Doha.
In the near future, US-Bangla plans to operate flights to Abu Dhabi, Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Dubai, Hong Kong and Delhi.
Currently, the carrier stands as the largest private carrier in the country with a total of 13 aircraft in its fleet, including four 164-seat Boeing 737-800s, six 72-seat brand new ATR 72-600s and three 76-seat Dash 8-Q400 aircraft.
US-Bangla Airlines has been maintaining a performance record of 98.7 per cent on-time flight operations. And for this, the airline has received several accolades over the years, specially for flights on domestic routes.
The carrier currently has about 1400 employees at home and abroad.
There are website and mobile app booking facilities for US-Bangla tickets. There is also a home delivery facility.
It has more than 30 sales offices across the country. It also has sales offices in Kolkata, Chennai, Muscat, Doha, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok, Guangzhou, Toronto and New York.
The airline also offers a Skystar package for frequent flyers. Through which passengers enjoy discounts on air tickets by purchasing different types of products from different lifestyle brands.
Since the independence, US-Bangla Airlines has been the only local airline operating direct flights to Guangzhou in China and Chennai in India.
US-Bangla also provides a number of special services to passengers such as luggage delivery within 15 minutes after landing for international flights, 20 per cent discount for senior citizens, 10 per cent discount for military officers and golfers, among others.
Besides passengers, the airline also transports cargo to various domestic and international destinations.
Since its inception, US-Bangla Airlines has also been directly involved in the development of various sports, in collaboration with several educational, social and cultural institutions in the country.
“US-Bangla Airlines has had six successful years with all government and non-government organisations, travel agents, civil aviation authorities, corporate offices and journalists," said Al-Mamun expressing his gratitude to all the officers and employees associated with the organisation.