Biman Bangladesh Airlines is the national flag carrier airline of Bangladesh. Its main hub is at Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka. The airline provides international passenger and cargo services to Asia and Europe, as well as major domestic routes inside Bangladesh. The airline was wholly owned and managed by the government of Bangladesh until 2007, when it was transformed into the country’s largest public limited company.
Created in 1972, Biman enjoyed an internal monopoly in the Bangladesh aviation industry until 1996. In the decades following its founding, the airline expanded its fleet and destinations, but it was adversely affected by corruption and mismanagement. Since becoming a public limited company in 2007, the airline has reduced staff and begun to modernise its fleet.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines was established in 1972 as Bangladesh’s national airline. The airline was initially called Air Bangladesh International but was soon changed to its current name.