The two principal planes used by Biman Bangladesh Airlines for domestic flights was grounded on Tuesday, forcing the national airline to cancel all the flights on domestic routes.
Biman has only two aircraft operating domestic routes right now, the two medium range engine Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 leased from EgyptAir.
Biman sources said one of the planes was grounded two days ago while the other was grounded Monday night because of engine failure.
“One of them needs a whole new engine the other needs the stringer replaced – a framework that runs on longitudinal lines along an aircraft.
“Biman's engineering department will replace the engine during a scheduled check,” the source said without mentioning when that checking will be.
In 2015, Biman leased two aircraft from EgyptAir for five years. Each aircraft costs the national flag carrier $168,0000 a month.
Shakil Meraj, general manager and spokesperson of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, said he was informed by the engineering department that only one aircraft was grounded.
“One of the aircraft will be up and running by Wednesday,” he assured.