Bangladesh United Airways eyes Middle East growth

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Bangladeshi carrier United Airways is looking to operate services to the Middle East.

The airline has named Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Dammam and Karachi as destinations it could potentially serve but has yet to specify a timeframe for launching the services, says an airline official.

The airline also confirmed that it suspended services to Bangkok and London in 2011, citing commercial reasons and the recent flooding in Thailand for the suspensions.

It has also expanded its fleet to a total of nine aircraft with the delivery of an Airbus A310-300 and a Boeing MD-83 at the end of 2011, says the official.

United Airways serves destinations such as Chittagong, Kolkata, Kuala Lumpur, Jeddah and Muscat from its Dhaka base.