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Formed and started operations in 2005. Domestic, regional, & international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
Uttara Tower, 3rd Floor
1 Jasimudin Avenue
Sector 3, Uttara Model Town
Dhaka 1230, Bangladesh
Bangladesh (People's Republic of Bangladesh), was established in 1971, it covers an area of 143,998 sq km, its population is 122 million, its capital city is Dhaka, and its official language is Bengali.
General Information for Visitors to Bangladesh:
The People's Republic of Bangladesh, is located in South East Asia. It is surrounded by the Bay of Bengal, the Gangetic plains of India, and the forests of Myanmar. The country is primarily a low-lying plain of about 144,000 square kilometers, criss- crossed by innumerable brooks, streams, and rivers, including the Padma, Jamuna, Meghna, and Karnaphuli. It is a fertile, deltaic land, mostly flat except for a range of hills in the southeast. Much of the land is characterized by wooded marshland and jungle. Although Bangladesh emerged as an independent country in 1971, its history stretches back thousands of years, and it has long been known as a crossroads of history and culture. Hindus, Mongolians, Buddhists, Muslims, and Europeans have, at various times, all exerted considerable influence over the land. Today Bangladesh is a predominantly Muslim country, but one in which people of different religions and cultural backgrounds live in harmony. Agriculture predominates the Bangladesh economy. Major products include rice, jute, wheat, potato, pulse, sugarcane, tea, and tobacco. Jute, tea, seafood, and handicrafts are among the country's primary exports. The industrial sector is growing rapidly, and Bangladesh is gaining an international reputation for products such as garments and leather goods. Bangladesh's climate is subtropical, with temperatures ranging from daytime lows of 8 degrees celsius in the cool season to 40 degrees celsius in the summer. Annual rainfall ranges from 160 cm in the west to 400 cm in the northeast, with heaviest rains during the monsoon (June - September). Autumn (October - November), winter (December - February), and summer (March - May) make up the country's other seasons.
The Offical Website of People's Republic of Bangladesh:
June 2009: MD-83 (49790, S2-AEU), ex-Flightline (FLT), ex-(G-FLTK), under a lease-purchase agreement to open new routes to Dubai, Kathmandu, and Kuala Lumpur. This airplane displays a patriotic green and red variation of the standard livery.
September 2009: Bangladesh’s air traffic grew +7.3% in 2008, making it one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the region, but decades of poor performance by the other airlines has enabled foreign carriers to snatch almost 80% of the market. The government decision proves that it wants a level playing field in the aviation industry. United Airways (UBD) will soon procure a 767-300ER to fly to London and other Gulf destinations. The UK and the Gulf are the most important markets for Bangladeshi airlines as one in two people who fly abroad goes to the six Gulf countries and the UK, which employ more than 70% of the county’s over five million migrant workers.
October 2009: United Airways (UBD) will begin twice-weekly service from Dhaka to London Gatwick in December and Jeddah next month. It hopes to replace state-owned Biman Bangladesh (BNG) as the country's leading airline.
Operating via stops in Dubai and Istanbul, the London Gatwick route must be the longest MD-80 service in the world.
Plans to upgrade to a 767-300ER and drop the Istanbul technical stop.
United Airways (UBD) has taken delivery of its first A310 and ATR72 and also will receive two A300s. The A310-300 and the ATR72-200 are on operating leases, says Tony Griffin, managing director of Phoenix Aircraft Leasing, which is leasing the airplanes to (UBD). Phoenix bought the A310 from Merrill Lynch and the airplane was formerly with (CSA) Czech Airlines, says Griffin. In addition, Phoenix has signed a letter-of-intent (LOI) to purchase two A300s, and it plans to deliver the first to (UBD) in January, he says.
Griffin also says Phoenix has bought a second ATR72-200 that will be delivered on operating lease to (UBD) at the end of November, and it is negotiating to buy a third ATR72-200 that will be delivered in mid-January. One of the ATR72s was previously with Precision Air (PRT) in Tanzania and one was with Sunair in Egypt, says Griffin, adding that the company bought the first two ATRs from a German owner. (UBD) added 70-seat turboprops because it needed larger-capacity airplanes on domestic routes than its two Bombardier DHC-8-100s, says Griffin. Phoenix in the coming days will be placing the two Dash 8s with an undisclosed carrier in Asia-Pacific, he says. Meanwhile, the A310 will be used on the Dhaka - Dubai - London Gatwick route as of November, says Griffin. (UBD) eventually plans to use the A310-300’s range to operate nonstop services to London Gatwick Airport, he says. (UBD) had been serving Gatwick using a McDonnell Douglas MD-83. Having a nonstop service to London will enable (UBD) to compete more effectively against Middle East carriers, such as Emirates (EAD), which has been capturing much of Bangladesh’s outbound international traffic.
National carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines (BNG) has been unable to capture the market because financial problems have meant it is unable to grow its fleet substantially. As a consequence, the Bangladesh government in recent years has been granting international traffic rights to the country’s privately owned carriers. Phoenix’s Griffin says the Bangladeshi authorities have granted (ABD) traffic rights for London Gatwick, five times weekly; Birmingham, twice weekly; and Manchester, twice weekly.
Many of United Airways (ABD)’s investors are Bangladeshi business people who reside in the UK.
January 2011: United Airways (UBD) is a regional and international airline linking seven major cities in Bangladesh and providing connections between Dhaka and Birmingham, Dubai, Gatwick, Jeddah, Kolkata, Kathmandu, Karachi, Kuala Lumpur; and Manchester.
Employees = 500.
Parent organization/shareholders: Captain Tasbirul Choudhury and others.
(IATA) Code: 4H. (ICAO) Code: UBD (Callsign - UNITED BANGLADESH).
Main Base: Dkaha airport (DAC).
Domestic destinations: Chittagong; Cox's Bazar; Dhaka; Jessore; & Sylhet.
International destinations: Bahrain; Bangkok; Birmingham; Dubai; Gatwick; Jeddah; Karachi; Kathmandu; Kolkata; Kuala Lumpur; and Manchester.
November 2013: United Airways (UBD) Bangladesh increased it international offering from Dhaka (DAC) on November 4th with the launch of services to Singapore (SIN). Thrice-weekly flights are offered on the 2,900 km route and operated using MD-82s. Competition in the market comes from tigerair (TGR)’s nine weekly frequencies, Singapore Airlines (SIA)’s daily flights and Biman Bangladesh Airlines’ six weekly services.
June 2015: Bangladesh's United Airways (UBD) is to dispose of its parked A310 fleet.
July 2015: United Airways (UBD) is planning to acquire three DHC-8-400s which, should the deal go through, are scheduled to arrive in Dhaka in October of this year.
Currently, (UBD) operates three ATR72-200s, one DHC-8-100, and five MD-83s on a route network that includes domestic operations as well as flights to Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Oman, India, Nepal, and Malaysia.
Though it is in the process of selling off its A310-300 fleet, United Airways (UBD) is still intent on serving Europe (London Gatwick and Birmingham International in particular) later next year.