The first aircraft of the newest domestic airline AirAstra has arrived in Bangladesh yesterday. AirAstra is now waiting for commercial flight operation as the fourth domestic airline after presently working with Bangladesh Biman, Novoair, and US-Bangla Airlines.
A source from the AirAstra airline confirmed the arrival of the ATR 72-600 (S2-STB) model aircraft.
This first Airastra aircraft started from Bulgaria on October 5 and arrived in Bangladesh via Cairo, Egypt; Muscat, Oman and Ahmedabad, India.
Earlier, the airline informed of taking a lease of four aircraft to perform domestic flight operations for the newly listed airline. Arrived aircraft is the first of these four. The rest of the fleet will arrive very soon, according to the source.
AirAstra will start domestic flight operations from the inception of the airline to all the domestic airports of the country.
Due to the lack of parking places in Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh(CAAB) instructed AirAstra to use Chattogram or Sylhet International Airport as their parking station outside of Dhaka.
AirAstra was presented with the No Objection Certificate (NOC) to fly on November 4, 2021, after they submitted their application for listing and flight operation as an airline operator in mid-2021.