Singapore Airlines Cargo will mount a weekly westbound B744 freighter service to
the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka from 3 April 2009. The routing for the new
service will be Singapore-Dhaka-Sharjah-Brussels, departing Singapore on
This 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
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.