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Oblivious Biman management



A FEW airlines have self-ticketing agreements with Bangladesh Airlines Ltd. Gulf Air is one of those. Gulf Air in its agreements has also included retired employees and their family members and offered unlimited 90 per cent rebate subject to load passage facility on all of her routes. This ongoing agreement has been effective since 1982.
Under self-ticketing agreement tickets are issued by Biman and the carrier (Gulf Air) collects the fare and airline tax as and when travel takes place. It is an easy income by the carrier against otherwise altogether empty seats. For example, if a staff member travels from Dhaka to/from London via Bahrain, Gulf Air earns $400 net fare plus $20 as tax. It is known to all in aviation that whenever a flight operates, except under exceptional circumstances, a few seats remain unsold and empty. On wide-bodied aircraft it is a common sight. Gulf Air, being a foreign carrier operating regular flights to/from Dhaka, has offered these unlimited passage facilities to retired employees of Biman including their immediate family members. They must have done it after doing their sums and weighing all factors. But to our ill luck, Biman till date has not followed the suit in spite of various representations by some of the retired employees, thus losing an easy income of extra revenue from otherwise empty seats.
Now that Biman has added two B-777-320 ER aircrafts with much higher configuration of 441 seats, the possibility of some of the seats remaining unsold is more than ever. As it is, in respect of passage entitlements, all retired employees other than retired cockpit crew have seriously been discriminated. Even after their death relatives of the dead cockpit crew remain entitled to rebated/free passage facilities. But retired employees have ended up with only 20 free sub-load passage facilities during their lifetime. Five passages were granted by the previous BNP-led government and another 10 free passages were granted by the caretaker government, that too after serious persuasion and lobbying. However, these retired employees are only asking for 90 per cent rebated passages in line with Gulf Air to the benefit of both Biman and her retired employees. Honestly speaking, Biman by now has lost an enormous sum of revenue out of all those empty seats. The retired employees have failed so far to convince the management. Each of their representations gets bogged down in mid way for unknown reasons and is dumped in cold storage.        
However, it is of no use crying over the spilt milk. I think the airline should no longer ignore this viable proposal to generate extra revenue and may consider implementing the same taking the precedence of a foreign carrier. If approved, obviously, the employees will always prefer their parent airline to Gulf Air. After all every little helps.
MAE Zakaria
Middlesex, UK




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