CEO Imran Asif tells journalists

US-Bangla aircrafts go through strict technical checks thrice

_A Monitor Report 01 Dec, 2018  |    -      +
Dhaka : Before take-off, all aircrafts of US-Bangla Airlines must go through strict compliance technical checking thrice. Foreign engineers check the aircraft at night a day before the flights and then it is checked by local engineers.

Then the captain of the aircraft pre-checks onboard the aircraft after having certificates in hand. On completion of all the cross-checking, an aircraft is put in place for its take-off.

Imran Asif, Chief Executive Officer, US-Bangla Airlines was briefing a group of journalists from Bangladesh before their departure to Kuala Lampur on a familiarisation trip, hosted by the Airline. He explained that all aircrafts needs pre-checks, to prior take-off for any destination.

US-Bangla Airlines operates its domestic and international flights maintaining all the standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), said the CEO.

Some 17 foreign engineers from Europe, Canada and America have been appointed to examine the aircrafts and 62 expert-level local engineers are also working for the company, Imran Asif added.

Captain Mashiul Azam took off Flight BS-315 Boeing 737 aircraft bound for Kuala Lumpur (KL) from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 8:50am on November 15 in a clear sky, with patches of white cloud.

Some 50 journalists from most of the private television channels, print media of major dailies, news agencies, and online news portal delegation, escorted by Kamrul Islam, General Manager, PR and Marketing Support, of the Airline under took the trip.

The ever-smiling courteous cabin crew ushered the passengers on board and also helped them to be seated and store hand luggage on overhead compartments.

While soft drinks were served, Captain Mashiul Azam greeted the passengers, specially mentioning the team of journalists and hoped that the flight would be enjoyed by all passengers.

When we entered Myanmar air space, food was served. We were served beef-kichuri bhuna, vegetable, dessert. The kichuri was awesome. The taste and flavour was excellent like home-cooked food.

Kamrul Islam informed that the inflight meals are cooked and packed at US-Bangla Airlines' own flight kitchen in Banasree in the city.

Moments after a perfect landing at Kuala Lumpur, the migrant workers mobile phones turned alive connected to telecom providers. They were speaking in various accents of Bangla to their friends, room-mates and colleagues in Malaysia.

The aircraft berthed at a boarding bridge of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport -KLIA. The airport is 45 km south of KL city centre.

KLIA is the largest and busiest airport in Malaysia and is one of the major airports in southeast Asia and worldwide. It is the world's 23rd-busiest airport by total passenger traffic.

From airport, we directly drove to The Federal Kuala Lumpur hotel, where we stayed during our stay there.

The three days in Kuala Lumpur was packed with tours, sightseeing and shopping and a brief visit to US-Bangla Airlines Malaysian office at the heart of the city.

The guests visited the Independence Square or Merdeka Square where the Union Flag of the British colonialist was lowered, and the Malayan flag hoisted for the first time on August 31, 1957.

The1,800 meters high Genting Highland cable-car ride was an exciting experience for young and old.

With the same return tickets, cable car passengers can only make one stop at Chin Swee Caves Temple. It is a Taoist temple set at a rocky forested land in Genting Highlands.

The Federal Government of Malaysia's administrative capital is located at Putrajaya, 25 km south of Kuala Lumpur. The city is named after the first Malaysian Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra.

The Prime Minister's Office and all the offices of the ministries are located in the new Administrative Centre in 1999, leaving KL as the country's legislative, financial and commercial capital as well as the seat of the King.

On the last evening, the group visited the Petronas Twin Towers, which is 451.9m above the street level. This world-renowned icon is currently the world's tallest twin structure and fifth tallest skyscraper. The 88-storey building features glass and steel on the outside.

Malaysia has a reputation for attracting shoppers, like Dubai and Singapore. The journalists did not hesitate to spend all the money they had with them. From chocolates to dolls, from household appliances to laptops, from jewelleries to souvenirs, from toiletries to luggage, from handbags to shoes, everything were purchased.

On return US-Bangla flight BS-316 from Kuala Lumpur to Dhaka on November 18, another set of cabin crew was very polite and served delightful meal and pastries as dessert. The delegation left behind the memories of the tour, the fun and exciting moments in Kuala Lumpur.

All the sweet memories in Malaysia went sour, when hundreds of passengers got their luggage arrived in the carousel very late, obviously made the migrant workers displeased with Biman's baggage handling.

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