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New airline aims to attract Bangladeshi expats

Best Air launches route between Bangladesh and Dubai as expat workers in UAE grows.

A new airline has moved into Dubai in a bid to tap into the huge Bangladeshi expat market in the UAE.

Best Air, a private Bangladeshi airline, has started scheduled flights between Dhaka and Dubai on Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.          

The new airline aims to attract some of the 800,000 estimated Bangladeshis working in UAE, a number that is predicted to increase.

Airline chiefs say this is one of the main reasons that Dubai has been chosen by Best Air. Farhad Hossain, director, said the carrier would soon add international routes to Singapore, Malaysia, India, China and some other destinations.

The airline made its debut in January with one domestic route and in less then five months has expanded to include many international flights such as to Bangkok, Colombo, and now Dubai.    

Hossain said the airline planned to put B767-300 ER wide-bodied aircraft on the Dubai route.

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