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Australian pvt airline chosen for hajj trips

Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited yesterday selected Australia-based Ausban Aeronautical Services for carrying hajj pilgrims this year.

The Board of Directors of Biman approved the selection that will end an uncertainty over carrying of hajj pilgrims, sources said.

The government earlier penned a deal with Phuket Airlines for carrying pilgrims. But the agreement was cancelled later.

Biman floated a fresh tender where six companies participated.

Biman board also decided to take lease of an aircraft, meeting sources told The Daily Star last night.

About 65,000 hajj pilgrims will get opportunity to perform hajj this year, according to sources.

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