At the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the capital on Tuesday, the Bangladesh Airlines Pilots ‘ Association (BAPA) celebrated its 50th anniversary.
The birthday was celebrated through a vibrant project by BAPA, an association of pilots working at state-owned Biman Bangladesh Airlines.
“The East Pakistan Airlines Pilots’ Association was formed by the Pakistan Airlines Pilots Association. Bangladesh Airlines was founded after the War of Liberation and Bangladesh Airlines Pilots ‘ Association (BAPA) was formed as well. BAPA from the very beginning was actively involved and will continue in the future for the aircraft’s modernization,” BAPA president Captain Mahbubur Rahman said.
Freedom fighter pilots, former BAPA leaders and retired pilots were honored on the 50th anniversary of the group.
One of the founding members of the BAPA, Captain Sahabuddin Ahmed Bir Uttam said, “We decided to set up the East Pakistan Airlines Pilots Association at the Shaheed Captain Alamgir’s house in 1968, but when we applied for registration, it was denied by the Pakistani government. Later we went to court. The East Pakistan Airlines Pilots’ Association was formed on August 15, 1970 with only members, based on the court order.”
State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mahbub Ali, State Minister for External Affairs Shahriar Alam, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Air Marshal (Retd) Enamul Bari, CEO of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Mokabir Hossain, Civil Aviation Authority Chairman Air Vice Marshal Md. Mofidur Rahman, President of the International Federation of Airlines Pilots Association (EFALPA) Jack Nexter, Executive Vice President Captain Ishtiaq Hossain, Baby Member (Flight Standards and Regulations) Group Captain Chowdhury. Ziaul Kabir, Member (Air Traffic Management) Group Captain Abu Saeed Mehboob Khan, Director (Flight Safety and Regulations) Wing Commander Imranur Rahman, Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport Director AHM Touhid-ul Ahsan, Director (Avshek) and Avashek Rahman, among others, were present at the programme.