The government has taken various measures, including phasing out old aircraft and inducting new generation of aircraft, to make Biman Bangladesh Airlines a more profitable airline, Civil Aviation Minister Rashed Khan Menon told parliament yesterday.
“The Biman's fleet has been modernised by phasing out its old F-28/DC 10-30 aircraft and inducting four new generation 777-300 aircraft and two 737-800 aircraft of Boeing Company in the fleet. As a result, the national flag carrier's maintenance, fuel and repair cost has been declined to a great extent,” he said in reply to lawmakers' queries.
Efforts have been made to boost up Biman's revenue income by implementing "revenue management" and "revenue integrity system", while steps have been taken to reduce Global Distribution System (GDS) cost in the process for increasing online sales, the minister told the parliament.
Meanwhile, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq yesterday said the government will construct 8,000 flats across the country for insolvent freedom fighters.
"The Liberation War Affairs Ministry has undertaken a project for constructing 8,000 flats for insolvent freedom fighters across the country, while multistoried building would be built in every district and upazila…," he said in reply to lawmakers' queries.