Tk 1,223cr lost business!

Monitor Desk Report Date: 02 October, 2021 | 569 Views

Two former top officials of the national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines on Friday submitted their statements to a parliamentary body regarding taking the lease of two Boeing 777 aircraft from Egypt. 
This led to colossal losses at the national airliner.
The officials in question are Air Marshal (retd) Jamal Uddin Ahmed, former chairperson of Biman Bangladesh's board of directors, and Mosaddeq Ahmed, former managing director of Biman. 
The parliamentary standing committee on the civil aviation ministry on September 8 directed the two to appear before the committee's meeting and submit their testimonies.
The revenue collected by operating the two aircraft was Tk 2,200 crore but the cost was Tk 3,300 crore, according to sources at the parliamentary body.
It caused the national flag carrier to incur losses worth around Tk 1,223 crore.
Mohibul Haque, then secretary, civil aviation ministry, had said that Tk 1,223 crore spent on these age-old planes is more than the price of a brand-new plane.
Emerging from the meeting, the standing committee's chairperson RAM Obaidul Muktadir Chowdhury told reporters yesterday, "We have listened to them. They have submitted their statement in writing. We need to know more from them."

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