Review of Biman Bangladesh flight Chittagong Dhaka in Economy

Airline Biman Bangladesh
Flight BG24
Class Economy
Seat 11A
Aircraft Boeing 777-300ER
Flight time 00:45
Take-off 12 Aug 14, 21:25
Arrival at 12 Aug 14, 22:10
BG 8 reviews
Rl 777
By 2069
Published on 18th June 2015
Hello everyone and welcome to another FR :). This time I'm going to share something slightly different with you.

This report will cover a very short domestic hop from Chittagong to Dhaka onboard S2-AFP, a Boeing 777-300ER operated by Biman Bangladesh Airlines.




Basic info:

We had to visit Chittagong during our trip to Bangladesh as our cousin would have an after-party here after her wedding. We went there by train but decided to travel by plane on the way back. There were several options like Regent Airways, United Airways and US-Bangla but I wanted to try out my father's national carrier, Biman Bangladesh Airlines! I guess most of us know that Biman is pretty known for its horrible delays, the airline doesn't have a good reputation. However, it's getting a bit better as time goes on. This particular flight (BG24) operates from Muscat to Dhaka, with a brief stop at Chittagong. We had no expectations at all, I was pretty certain the flight would be delayed. My father has flown with them previously, but more than 30 years ago. He flew DAC-CCU and told me that it was one of his worst flights ever.




NOTE:
This report might lack a lot of pictures and might be very short! I had no idea flight-report.com existed at this time.










We arrived at the airport a few hours before our scheduled time of departure. The road from the main city to the airport is horrible, you would never believe you were driving towards an airport until you were about one minute away from the airport.
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The airport was quite small. There were two check-in areas, one for domestic flights and one for international flights. There are not many flights operated by foreign carriers at Chittagong, Air Arabia to Sharjah and Ras al-Khaimah, Flydubai to Dubai and Oman Air to Muscat. Rotana Jet is supposed to fly from Abu Dhabi to Chittagong but I'm not sure if the flights are operational or not. Malindo Air used to fly to Chittagong when this flight took place, they have now axed their flights from KUL to CGP. I don't even think many people in the city know an airport exists here, the connections from the airport to the city are absolutely horrible.
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As you can see there's a security check after you enter the terminal.
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I was curious about our flight so I asked my friend to look for all Biman planes flying at the moment, thanks for the information!. He later sent me pictures from Flightradar24. Our ride from MCT had an estimated delay of 55 minutes. I notified my dad about the inofficial update of the situation but he still asked one of the Biman agents at the airport just to be sure. The Biman agents at the airport said that the flight would be on-time, but I knew that was BS. I was still very surprised, I had expected a delay of at least 3 or 4 hours.
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The airport is very small and there isn't much to do. They did have Wi-Fi though which enabled me to use my phone for entertainment while waiting for the check-in desks to open.
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Domestic departures sign.
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Eventually the domestic Biman check-in desks opened and we were checked in and went through security in no-time. We then waited for a while before boarding was announced.
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At last I saw our plane arriving from Muscat, with a delay of approximately 50 minutes. Boarding was expected 50 minutes after it arrived. The seat allocated for me was 11B at first but managed to switch seats with my sister, she didn't really care about the window. I appreciate her cooperation :).
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Boarding began 50 minutes later as expected. I apologize for the horrible picture but it's the only one I managed to take before boarding the aircraft. This particular bird, S2-AFP is a Boeing 777-300ER which was delivered to Biman in November 2011. This is one of four 77Ws in Biman's fleet. All their 77Ws seat 419 passengers, 35 in business and 384 in economy. Biman opted for a 9-abreast layout in economy.
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This flight arrived from Muscat and would continue to Dhaka after a short stop in Chittagong. Surprisingly a good amount of the passengers from MCT were continuing to DAC even though the majority of the Bengalis in Muscat originate from Chittagong. The market from MCT to DAC seems to have grown, Oman Air resumed flights to DAC last year with 4 weekly A330 flights at first but the flights are currently operating at a frequency of 6 times a week.
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The IFE screen, not operational on this short sector.
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Unfortunately I didn't take a picture of the legroom, the pitch was standard from my memory.
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The PTV showed this on the entire flight (which lasted for 32 minutes). I'm not sure about the load on this flight as I was seated at the front in seat 11A, the rear economy section was divided from the front economy section by curtains.
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I'm surprised I snapped a picture of the safety card (at least one side of it), I have forgotten pictures of the safety card in flights that were meant to be reported here.
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Boarding was finished pretty quickly as we were only 30-40 passengers that hopped on this flight to DAC. The FAs 'distributed' cartons of local mango juice once boarding was completed, they almost threw them to the passengers and were pretty irritated on the whole flight. Afterwards we taxiied to the runway at approximately 22:28 (10:28 PM) local time and took off at 22:37 (10:37 PM).
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The cabin was quite clean at this time. The flight was pretty uneventful which wasn't surprising, we were at cruising altitude for 15-20 minutes before we iniated our descent to DAC. There was however an interesting conversation going on with a few Bengali guys seated next to my father. These guys had been working legally in Muscat for a while to earn some money as the job opportunities were limited at home. They worked legally for a while but then their Visas expired which meant they started working ilegally in Muscat as their Visas had expired. The men were then sentenced to jail for a while and had recently been released from jail but were now deported back to Bangladesh.
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We landed at Dhaka at 23:09 (11:09 PM) after a flight time of 32 minutes. A delay of 59 minutes.
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You can see the tail of an SQ A333 and PG (Bangkok Airways) A319 to the right.
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We then disembarked at 23:25 (11:25 PM) local time. I apologise for the blurry shots. Domestic passengers were requested to disembark by passenger boarding stairs. Passengers from MCT were requested to use the airbridge.
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My first domestic flight, my first flight with a 77W and my first flight with Biman.
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We were taken by a bus to the small domestic terminal. There were of course no transfer options outside of the airport so we called a cab company and then went to one of our relatives in Dhaka. Thank you for taking your time to read this FR :).
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Bonus:

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Cox's Bazar.


A Scania bus in Bangladesh, nice to see something Swedish here!
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The tropical country roads of Bangladesh.
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Bandarban District, which is one of three districts that make up the Chittagong Hill Tracts. Bandarban means "The dam of monkeys"
















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Verdict

Biman Bangladesh

6.1/10
Cabin9.0
Cabin crew3.5
Entertainment/wifi7.0
Meal/catering5.0

Chittagong - CGP

5.6/10
Efficiency8.0
Access1.0
Services5.5
Cleanliness8.0

Dhaka - DAC

6.8/10
Efficiency8.0
Access5.5
Services6.5
Cleanliness7.0

Conclusion

My first flight with Biman, it was an interesting feeling flying with a B77W on a flight which lasted for 30 minutes.

Cabin Comfort - Pretty decent seat in terms of comfort, the cabin was spacious in a 9-abreast layout. It was also very clean.

Meal and catering - A carton of mango juice was offered.

Entertainment - The IFE screen was pretty modern and had a decent size, unfortunately I couldn't have a look at the content as the screens weren't operational on this short flight. I'll leave it at a 7.

On-time performance - We arrived at Dhaka with a delay of one hour, I had expected a worse delay if I'm honest.

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8 Comments

  • Comment 161196 by
    martin1405 41 Comments

    Thank you for the surprise and sharing another FR!

    I didn't expect that you were going to make this FR. Don't worry about the about of pics. It isn't so short compared to some other FRs.

    CGP is a quite interesting airport and I exactly remember when you sent me some of these photos! :) No problem for the information haha. I don't remember that I took the pic.

    The cabin doesn't look actually. I'm glad your flight hadn't a huge delay.

    I hope you enjoyed your first domestic flight, your first flight with a 77W and your first flight with Biman.
    Can't read to read your next FR!

    See you! :)

    • Comment 337679 by
      Rl 777 AUTHOR 810 Comments

      Thank you for your nice comment :).

      Neither did I haha, wasn't sure if I would post this or not but posted it anyway :).

      Oh yes! It was almost two years ago, time flies!

      I was pretty surprised as I had expected a delay of 3 or 4 hours.

      Thank you! It was a very weird, interesting and unique experience at the same time. Flying with a huge 77W on a 30-minute hop was pretty interesting haha.

      Thank you once again for your comment!

      Have a good one, see you!

  • Comment 161225 by
    Alosh 31 Comments

    I had no idea flight-report.com existed at this time. neither do i xD lol

    Thanks for sharing this FR . short flights of less than on hour is interesting for me , hope you enjoyed it !

    I like the b777 with Biman Bangladesh airline livery.

  • Comment 161304 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 5318 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this unique report RI777!

    Definitely not many Biman reports out there for cool to see for sure! For a flight that wasn't meant to become a Flight-Report since you didn't know the site existed back then, it looks pretty complete to me! Your photography skills have gotten much better since this old flight, however :-)

    I'm surprised I snapped a picture of the safety card (at least one side of it), I have forgotten pictures of the safety card in flights that were meant to be reported here.
    - See, you already had the instincts of a Flight-Reporter. You're a natural!

    Biman's acquisition of the 77W marked the beginning of their modernisation, and by all accounts they've done a good job of it! Considering, that back then, they were still operating some DC-10s (Cool plane, yes, but wow...old!), they've come a long way since then.

    Too bad you had a cranky crew...I imagine it's not easy serving a full widebody on a short domestic flight.

    Thanks for this cool retro-report!

    • Comment 337892 by
      Rl 777 AUTHOR 810 Comments

      Thank you for your nice comment :)

      This FR has been on hold for over 6 months, I was never sure of whether I should post it or not. I only posted it because of the fact that there aren't many Biman reports around here. Thank you so much for your understanding :). It's pretty interesting to see how one's photography skills have developed by posting older reports!

      See, you already had the instincts of a Flight-Reporter. You're a natural! - Haha :).

      They only have a couple of 310s left, and then their fleet will consist of 737s, 777s, Q400s and 787s in the future.

      The crew seemed to be really upset for some reason, maybe they had a really bad day or something.

      Thank you once again for your nice comment :).

      Have a good one, see you!

  • Comment 161428 by
    jish.b SILVER 285 Comments

    Wow, very interesting TR!

    The domestic Boeing 777 was surely a lot of fun.

    Quite a lot of lovely pictures to with them, too. I love the bonus at the end, with the non aviation pictures.

    Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to more

    • Comment 337893 by
      Rl 777 AUTHOR 810 Comments

      Thank you for your nice comment :).

      It was a very interesting experience to fly with a 777 for just 30 minutes!

      Thank you so much, your feedback is highly appreciated :).

      I hope to visit Bangladesh again in 2017, I hope I'll be able to share some interesting reports then.

      Have a good one, see you!

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