Singapore Airlines Cargo has launched a weekly westbound
Boeing 744 freighter service to the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka.
The routing for the new service will be
Singapore–Dhaka–Sharjah–Brussels, departing Singapore on Friday.
new capacity to Dhaka is in addition to the bellyhold capacity available
on Singapore Airlines' existing passenger service. The airline commenced
passenger services to Dhaka in October 1986.
“This service will play
an important role in opening up Bangladesh’s trade links with direct
access to its export markets in Europe and the USA, and enter new
emerging markets in South America via Brussels. The greater
accessibility to Dhaka will certainly help to promote the city as a
major gateway for the freight industry in Bangladesh,” said Mr Tan Tiow
Kor, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing.
Dhaka is a bustling
city with a population of about ten million people. It is the country’s
major gateway for imports and exports. It is also the industrial, commercial, cultural, educational and political centre for Bangladesh.
The main export item from Dhaka is readymade garments; other major
exports include finished leather and leather products, fresh fruits,
vegetables, medicines, jute and jute products, textile fabrics,
handicrafts, ceramics and tea.
Major imports into Bangladesh include
raw materials for garments, electronic goods, pharmaceutical raw
materials, electronics and computer parts, telecommunications equipment
and mobile phone accessories.
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