Air Arabia starting Ras Al Khaimah flights

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Africa, Airline News, Airport News, Asia, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Middle East, Oman | Posted on 21-04-2014


(c) Air Arabia

(c) Air Arabia

Air Arabia will begin flying from Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) from 6 May using Airbus A320 aircraft.

The airline will take up where failed RAK Airways left off.

In February 2014, Air Arabia and the Ras Al Khaimah Department of Civil Aviation entered into a long-term strategic partnership to significantly increase the number of destinations accessible to the residents of Ras Al Khaimah and to bring more tourists within reach of the emirate. From its hub at RAK International Airport, Air Arabia will follow exactly the same value-for-money business model as it does from its primary base in Sharjah.

Two new Airbus A320 aircraft will initially be based at RAK International Airport to service regular routes to Jeddah in Saudi; Cairo in Egypt; Muscat in Oman; Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar in Pakistan; Dhaka in Bangladesh; and Calicut in India, which will be added shortly after launch.


Fly on the last Biman DC-10 flights

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport News, Asia, Bangladesh, Miscellaneous Spotting, Spotting News, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 11-01-2014


Bangladesh Biman DC10Full details of the final Biman Bangladesh DC-10 flights are now available, and tickets are for sale for enthusiasts to join in on exclusive special flights being laid on by the airline from Birmingham airport in the UK.

Tickets are available through Ian Allan – organisers of many different worldwide aviation tours. The airline has promised to lay on more flights on the same day if demand is sufficient, but I’d recommend getting your tickets ASAP just incase!

The flights will take place on Monday 24th February, with optional extra excursions to aviation museums.

You can book tickets at this link: Ian Allan Tours


UPDATE from Biman, 13th January

We expect seats will be onsale 14th January. Scenic flights will be 3 per day – 0900, 1200, 1500 – on 22/23/24Feb. Prices will be GBP150 for a window, GBP100 for adjacent (we wont sell other seats). On the last commercial flight (ever), 1500 on 24Feb, prices will be GBP150/200.


Details of final Biman DC-10 flights

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Bangladesh, North America, Spotting News, UK, USA, Western Europe | Posted on 22-10-2013


Bangladesh Biman DC10In an update to a previous report on the final operations of Biman Bangladesh’s DC-10 operations (see story here), and recent report on the excellent Austrian Wings site has uncovered some updated details of the date and route of the final flight.

Biman is the last airline in the world to operate the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 in passenger service.

The airline has seemingly negotiated to send its last aircraft to the USA to be preserved in a museum. The final flight is planned for February 2014 and will route from Dhaka to Seattle, with a stop in the UK (likely to be Birmingham or Manchester). The flight will be open for bookings as a regular flight, which would make it a perfect choice for enthusiasts wishing to take part in this historic event.

If the exact date is announced I will report it on here along with any other details. Otherwise, you may find details on the Biman website.

Biman last DC-10 flight in October

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Abu Dhabi, Airline News, Asia, Bangladesh, Dubai, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Middle East, Oman, Spotting News | Posted on 30-06-2013


Bangladesh Biman DC10Biman Bangladesh Airlines will retire its McDonnell Douglas DC-10 aircraft from service in December, to be replaced by Boeing 777s.

Biman is the last airline in the world to operate the DC-10 in passenger service, making this a significant announcement and the last opportunity to fly on the type if you haven’t already!

I was lucky enough to take a number of United Airlines DC-10 flights, and also see the Biman examples at various airports.

I know a number of enthusiasts have been taking trips to fly on the Biman aircraft over recent years, before it’s too late.

The final flight is expected to take place on 1st December 2013. At the moment, the DC-10 is being flown on the following routes:

  • Dhaka – Chittagong – Abu Dhabi (ends 1 December)
  • Dhaka – Chittagong – Dubai (ends 28 November)
  • Dhaka – Hong Kong (ends 29 November)
  • Dhaka – Kuala Lumpur (ends 30 November)
  • Dhaka – Muscat (ends 28 November)

The DC-10 is just one of the aircraft featured in Last Chance to Fly – our ebook which lists the rare and historic airliners that you can still fly, and which airlines operate them. Download your copy here:

Biman ends Boeing 777 service

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Bangladesh | Posted on 10-02-2011


Biman Bangladesh has returned its single leased Boeing 777-200 aircraft, which sported a nice scheme. Sadly this means reverting to older aircraft, which is a pain for the traveller, but fun for us spotters.

Because of the change, routes from Dhaka – Dubai – London Heathrow will no longer get the 777 aircraft, and are to be operated by Airbus A310-300s.

Similarly, flights from Dhaka – Dubai – Rome will now be operated by DC-10 aircraft – a nice rare type to get these days as there aren’t many DC-10’s left in passenger service!

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