Passengers willing to avail flights of Biman Bangladesh Airlines will now be able to buy tickets online using credit cards from tomorrow, sources of the national flag carrier said today.
With the online purchase of Biman tickets, passengers would be able to book seats, purchase tickets and choose their seats according to their desire through payments from their credit cards.
In 2010, Biman introduced the online booking system, but passengers could not buy tickets online, resulting in loss of time, energy and money to get tickets physically from selective Biman outlets and agents.
"It was a long demand from Bangladesh nationals who still want to travel by the national flag carrier," a passenger, who narrowly escaped an accident on a Biman flight to London yesterday, when a bird entered into one engine during takeoff from Sylhet Osmani International Airport.
"Biman had got huge bad names, but still we love it -- because it is our national asset and a symbol of long pride," said the passenger over phone, but requested not to be named. He said the online purchase of Biman ticket would not only help passengers to buy it easily, but also reduce corruption in ticketing.
Biman has now 11 flights, nine of which operates in 19 international destinations. The airline has long been suffering from flight crisis, but has signed an agreement with Boeing to purchase 10 new generation flights.
The $2.5 billion agreement includes four Boeing 777-300 ERs, four 787-8 Dreamliner and two 737-800s. Two of the Boeing 777, which have a capacity of 419 seats each, is expected to be handed over to Biman by the end of this year, while two others in 2013. The rest of the six aircrafts are supposed to join the Biman fleet in phases by 2019.
News Source: BSS