The Dhaka-based, privately owned carrier, which currently operates two Bombardier DHC8-300Qs on scheduled services within Bangladesh, has announced plans to launch international services in January 2012. The company's Managing Director, Mashruf Habib, was recently quoted as saying that two Boeing 737s will be acquired on dry lease in December 2011. The airline is initially expected to link Dhaka with Asian regional destinations and the Middle East. A switch to Boeing 737s would represent a scaling back of plans for Regent, which has previously indicated that it intended to launch international services with Boeing 757s, and indeed the larger type is still referenced on the company website. Indeed, in April 2010, the airline was negotiating with Canadian aircrew trainer CAE to provide pilot training for its crews on the Boeing 757, as well as the Boeing 767 and Bombardier Dash-8 Q300.
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