Bangladesh carrier Novoair is considering expanding its fleet and range by adding narrowbody jet aircraft to the turboprops it currently operates.

Novoair flies six ATR 72-500 turboprops on domestic and short-haul international routes from its hub in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The carrier is in negotiations to add another two ATR 72s, a Novoair executive said on the sidelines of the Aviation Week MRO Southeast Asia conference.

The airline is also interested in buying at least two used narrowbodies, he said.

Novoair has not decided whether it would select Airbus A320s or Boeing 737s. However, the executive noted that national carrier Biman Bangladesh already operates 737s, so logistic support may be easier if Novoair chose the same type. The carrier has previously operated Embraer E145 regional jets.

The airline currently flies to seven domestic destinations and has one international route from Dhaka to Kolkata. Adding narrowbody aircraft would potentially allow Novoair to serve other international destinations such as Bangkok, the executive said.

Novoair conducts its own line maintenance and does some base maintenance but outsources C checks.

Adrian Schofield, adrian.schofield@informa.com