US-Bangla airlines has decided to add new generation wide-body aircraft Airbus 330 to operate flights to different destinations in the Saudi Arabia which hosts the largest expatriate Bangladeshi community. Initially, the airlines will procure two A-330 aircraft with seating capacity of 436 each in May next, a press release, issued by the airlines, said, reports BSS.
From June, with these wide-body aircraft, the airlines planed to operate flights to Jeddah, Riyadh, and Dammam routes from and to Dhaka for fulfilling the demands of increasing numbers of Umrah pilgrims along with Bangladeshi expatriates to different destinations in Saudi Arabia.
Flights to the different destinations of Saudi Arabia will reduce the transit cost of Bangladeshi passengers, said the airlines.
Currently, US-Bangla operates international flights to Kolkata, Male, Dubai, Sharjah, Muscat, Doha, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Chennai and Guangzhou while it runs flights to all seven domestic destinations from the capital Dhaka.
The US-Bangla fleet currently has 17 aircraft including seven Boeing 737-800, seven ATR 72-600 aircraft and three Dash 8-Q400. Moreover, the release added, US-Bangla plans to add one ATR 72-600 and a Boeing 737-800 aircraft to its fleet this month.