DHAKA: Xian’s Avic International, Chinese aircraft manufacturing company, has offered Biman to purchase three small aircraft MA-60 Turboprop for operating domestic flight in Bangladesh.
The aircrafts are 25 percent fuel efficient and also low-priced in comparison to the same aircraft in others company.
According to Chinese government owned Avic international’s proposal, it will also provide long term bank loan with very low interest with five years grace period, training facility, equipment, management and technical assistance, said a competent source in Biman.
The source also told banglanews that Avic wants to sell aircraft through government to government (G2G) scheme.
Earlier, China built Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) in Dhaka and recently signed an agreement in Cox’s Bazar Airport development works under government to government scheme.
Biman, state-owned airlines of the country, laid down all F-28 in June 2012, a short range aircraft for domestic routes due to old age and costly operation.
Allude to, at present Biman has no domestic flight as all F-28 are out of service.
Avic proposed Biman to buy aircraft through Civil Aviation ministry last year. In July Avic international gave a presentation to Aviation ministry regarding MA 60 Turbo prop aircraft.
On August 4, Avic’s proposals were discussed at the meeting of Biman board of directors. After discussion, it was decided by the board that Biman should evaluate the technical, operational and financial aspects of the offer and thereafter place the matter for consideration of the board of directors. After four months the proposal was stuck on that stage.
Insiders in Biman said vested interest group in the state run airlines are against Biman’s domestic flight operation so that private airlines can dominate business.
Sources said MA-60 Turbo prop has 48, 52 and 56 seated aircraft. Aircraft built by Canadian p & w company’s engine while auxiliary power unit (APU) is made by USA. Aircraft is equipped with modern technology which makes it fuel efficient.
Aircraft price is 16 million USD while other company’s short range aircraft price 28 to 30 million USD.
According to Avic expert opinion, if Biman purchases Turbo prop aircraft, it will be 100 percent profitable in domestic flight operation.
At least 15 countries, including China, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Philippine, Indonesia, Laos and Cambodia have been operating flight by Turbo prop aircraft. Avic has already made 115 aircrafts while 25 aircrafts in pipeline in the factory.
BDST: 1615 HRS, NOV 6, 2012
IH Edited by: Abul Kalam Azad, Newsroom Editor/ M. Mahbub Alam, Asst Output Editor
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