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Malaysia Airports Successfully Conducts The First Of The Kind Business Continuity Management Simulation Exercise In The Region

06 November 2008

Sepang, 6 November 2008 - Connections to Bangladesh from Kuala Lumpur have now multiplied as KL International Airport (KLIA) today received Best Air, a private airline from Bangladesh.

Best Air starts operating five flights weekly, flying on Dhaka - Kuala Lumpur vice versa route every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, utilising MD83 type of aircraft with 162 seats configuration.
KLIA already has Biman Bangladesh Air, the national carrier of Bangladesh, operating seven flights weekly and GMG Airlines which operates seven flights weekly.

Dato' Seri Bashir Ahmad, Managing Director of Malaysia Airports said: "Malaysia Airports is delighted to welcome Best Air to KLIA. Best Air's confidence on the load factor between Kuala Lumpur and Bangladesh is evident by starting with five flights weekly, and we hope they will further increase their frequencies to fly daily to KLIA soon."

Dato' Seri Bashir added: "Passengers will benefit greatly in terms of connectivity and flying options as now KLIA has three airlines flying direct to Bangladesh. We expect the passenger movements between Malaysia and Bangladesh to increase based on these services."

With the inclusion of Best Air, 2008 has certainly been a productive year for KLIA as it has now attracted five airlines to start servicing Kuala Lumpur, namely Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia, SilkAir, Air Niugini and Best Air.

"We owe the success of attracting these airlines to the support of the Government, besides our unrelenting marketing drive and we hope to welcome more airlines to KLIA and also other airports in Malaysia, he added.

In today's welcome reception, the arriving passengers of Flight 5Q444 were greeted and presented souvenirs by Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Aris Othman, Chairman of Malaysia Airports accompanied by Dato' Azmi Murad, Senior General Manager Operation Services Malaysia Airports. Among the arriving passengers was M Haider Uzzaman, Chairman of Best Air.

Best Air obtained License in 2006 from Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh to operate Passenger Service in the International & Domestic Sectors. Best Air will start with a fleet of two B-737 aircraft to operate in the Regional Destinations such as Kolkata, Jaipur, Bangkok and Kunming; Domestic Destinations like Chittagong and Sylhet. The second phase will include Far-East, Middle-East, Europe and USA by using Wide Bodied Aircraft. For more information on the airline, please log on to www.bestairbd.com


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