In 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 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: www.airportspotting.com/books/chance-fly-rare-passenger-aircraft/
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!
Picture (c) FlightGlobal.com