GMG to fold all flights
GMG Airlines Ltd will suspend its last remaining flights from March 30 for an indefinite period due to technical problems in aircraft, said an official of the private carrier yesterday. The airline had a total of eight aircraft of which six were grounded in 2010 and 2011. At present, the carrier operates flights only on Dhaka-Cox's Bazar and Dhaka-Chittagong-Kolkata routes by two Bombardier Dash 8s, which have recently developed engine problems. "Two of our Dash 8 aircraft are scheduled for some routine periodic maintenance, which requires the aircraft to be removed from operations for several days," said Asif Ahmed, director of marketing, HR and customer experience of GMG Airlines. “We need technical expertise and equipment to make the fleet operational, which may take two-three months or even longer,” Ahmed added. He said the two Dash 8 aircraft have developed engine problems, and will be grounded for technical observation and maintenance for at least two-three months. With these two, all GMG aircraft will remain grounded after March 30. However, Ahmed refused to say when the company will resume its flight operations. GMG fleet consisted of three Boeing 767s, three MD-80s (McDonnell Douglas) and two Bombardier Dash-8s. GMG, the country's first private airline, has six international routes to destinations including Bangkok, Jeddah, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Kolkata, and Riyadh, all of which were suspended in 2011 except Kolkata. Also, the Dhaka-Sylhet route was closed early this month. In a late-night statement, GMG said it would adopt a new business strategy and exit wide-body operations, replacing its Boeing 767s with new-generation narrow-bodied aircraft. However, people informed of the matter said the carrier was incurring losses in recent times mainly due to a hike in fuel prices on the international market. This is also a major reason behind the closure of its five international routes, they said. “Now we are...
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