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Biman Bangladesh Airlines (Bengali: বিমান বাংলাদেশ এয়ারলাইনস), is the national flag carrier airline of Bangladesh. Its main hub is at Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka and it also operates flights from its secondary hubs Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong and Osmani International Airport in Sylhet. The airline provides international passenger and cargo services to Asia and Europe, as well as major domestic routes inside Bangladesh. It has air service agreements with 42 countries and currently flies to 16 different countries.
The airline was wholly owned and managed by the government of Bangladesh until 23 July 2007, when it was transformed into the country’s largest public limited company by the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh. The airline’s headquarters, Balaka Bhaban, is located in Kurmitola, Dhaka. Annual Hajj flights, transporting non-resident Bangladeshi workers and migrants, and the activities of its subsidiaries, form an integral part of the carrier’s business.
Created in February 1972. In the decades following its founding, the airline expanded its fleet and destinations. At its peak, Biman has operated flights to 29 international destinations, as far away as New York City to the west and Tokyo to the east. Since becoming a public limited company in 2007, the airline has begun to modernize its fleet. The airline has made a deal with Boeing for ten new aircraft, along with options for ten more.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines is certified as safe to fly in Europe by the European Aviation Safety Agency. In addition, the airline successfully passed the IATA Operational Safety Auditand since then it has been successfully flying to some of its previous destinations in Asia and Europe.