No partner for Biman's ground handling this year

No partner for Biman’s ground handling this year

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Dhaka – There is no possibility of Biman Bangladesh Airlines taking any partner for its much-talked-about ground handling activities by this year for improving the quality of the job at the country’s all airports.
“The work in this regard is going on…the target is to get a comprehensive report from the consultant concerned by this year to have a partner,” Biman chief executive officer (CEO) and managing director AM Mosaddique Ahmed said.

Biman General Manager (PR) Shakil Meraj said the consultant company has started its work, and it is now evaluating the offers that came in response to the relevant tender.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines has chosen the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for evaluating the tender proposals.
The decision to take a partner has been taken to maximise profitability, provide efficient, reliable and cost-effective solutions at all levels, ensure the compliance of Service Level Agreements (SLAs), optimum utilisation of ground-handling assets, ensure industrial relations and harmony and drive massive improvements in products and services and become a ‘Regional Centre of Excellence’.
The Biman CEO said there is no possibility of inducting any foreign partner by this year. “If we can sign an agreement with our partner, it’ll take time to procure ground-handling equipment and other logistics to give better services to passengers,” he said.
Seven companies — Swissport International Ltd of Switzerland, SITA of Singapore, Egypt Air of Egypt, Dnata of Dubai, Celebi of Turkey and two others from India — have showed their interest to be Biman’s partner in ground-handling works.
The national flag carrier remained the sole agent of the ground handling in all airports of the country since the country’s independence. Biman now provides passenger and cargo services to 07 domestic and 15 international destinations.
It provides ground-handling support to 26 foreign carriers operating to and from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA), Dhaka, Shah Amanat Airport, Chittagong and Osmani International Airport, Sylhet.
Biman provides ground-handling services to 910 passenger flights, 70 freighter aircraft and 10 charter aircraft a week. Biman earns about USD 30-35 million in revenue from ground-handling services a year.
As per the tender document, Biman and its partner shall sign a joint venture agreement to create a new company or an entity to obtain a ground-handling agent’s license from Civil Aviation Authority Bangladesh (CAAB).
According to a Biman senior official, the evaluation of proposals/offers will be done based on the potential partner’s experience in ground handling/airport handling, financial capability, financing proposal and profit sharing, performance and response. -UNB

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