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US-Bangla Airlines takes delivery of its first two ATR 72-600

Dhaka - On March 24 and On March 27, US-Bangla Airlines has taken delivery of its first two ATR 72-600 out of four on order. With these deliveries, the carrier has become the first airline to operate the ATR's newest version turboprop in Bangladesh.

The ATR 72-600 registered S2-AKG was leased from the British lessor Avation and configured to accommodate 72 passengers. The turboprop is the first of four 72-600 expected by the airline.

The current fleet of US-Bangla Airlines consists of three Bombardier Q400 and four Boeing 737-800. The order book of the company also includes a Boeing 737 MAX 8 and two Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, which will be delivered by Irish lessor AerCap from 2020 to 2022.

The first aircraft is expected to enter service on March 31 on domestic routes.

Today, On March 27, a second ATR 72-600 has been delivered to the airline by Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE). The aircraft was handed over to the company with a ceremony at the manufacturer's Toulouse facilities, in France.

The brand-new ATR 72-600 is the final aircraft of an order of 20 ATR 72-600 aircraft that the Dubai-based lessor placed in 2014.

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The second ATR 72-600 delivered by Dubai Aerospace Enterprise

Last year in March, a Bombardier Q400 of the airline had been crashed while landing at Kathmandu Airport. 51 people were killed in the accident.

A preliminary report revealed that the captain lied to the control tower during the landing procedure and was smoking continuously inside the cockpit during the one-hour flight from Dhaka to Kathmandu.

He also Made abusive statement toward his female colleague and cried on several occasions. According to the report Captain Abid Sultan was in mental stress and anxiety, and a series of wrong decisions led to the crash of the Flight BS211.