Transportation Matters


Rahman’s Chambers offers a strong blend of legal acumen and industry knowledge in the Transportation sector, which includes Aviation related matters etc. Our aviation practice began with filing recovery litigation for service-related dues for a five-star hotel against GMG Airlines in 2008, which is no more in operation now. Aviation laws usually entertain all legal issues concerning aircraft and airport operations, including aircraft navigation and maintenance, air traffic control, safety, and licensing requirements. The area of law is complex and requires expertise to handle.

“It is a highly efficient team which always offers timely support.”

– Chambers & Partners, 2021

Rahman’s Chambers has been ranked for “Corporate and Finance& “Shipping”.

– Chambers & Partners, 2020

– Chambers & Partners, 2019

“Their response times are excellentand they make you feel generally very well informed..”

– Chambers & Partners, 2018

“The ‘very responsible, responsive and knowledgeable’ Mohammed Forrukh Rahman heads the firm.”

– Legal 500, 2018.

Practice Guide – Commercial

Aviation industry of Bangladesh is rapidly growing particularly in domestic route ever-since Govt. allowed private companies to operate airline business. Although few companies tried to operate the airline business, only a few are able to succeed in a very competitive market. The demand for legal services in aviation matters is increasing due to the increase in the volume of transactions in recent years. Airlines, machinery, and equipment suppliers, service providers, passengers often look for legal services. For example, cargo-related claim, boarding & baggage claim, recovery of dues, recovery of machinery and equipment, crew’s salary and benefits, etc. are now not very uncommon for lawyers in Bangladesh. Presently there are local four/five aviation companies. They are providing domestic services in six destinations. Two Airlines, Who used to operate, have issues with outstanding dues payable to airport authorities. The recent air crash incident in Nepal brought in new types of claims e.g. indemnity under insurance for causalities & other losses.

We have advised airlines suppliers, passengers, service providers etc on very different issues & Claims.:

AVIATION

  • Advised client on recovering outstanding dues involving supply of aeronautical parts and equipments against two major local airlines in Bangladesh.
  • Successfully filed a Winding-Up petition ( final hearing pending) against United Airways (BD) Ltd for Vector Aerospace Engine Services, a Canadian engine manufacturer & supplier for recovery of dues arising from the lease of an aircraft engine. The case involved several complexities, for example, outstanding dues of the Civil Aviation Authority Bangladesh (CAAB) for Airport charges. Besides, Several regulatory interferences by the Security Exchange Commission. Dhaka stock exchange (DSE) and Chittagong stock exchange (CSE) index although & ‘Z’ Categorization by the clients claim relates to return of Aircraft engine and payment of a rental charge.
  • Provided legalconsultancyservices for AIRVATA.
  • We handled litigation against GMG Airline Ltd, for recovery of service due.
  • Sheraton Dhaka had outstanding against dues for staying at hotel catering services and uses of an airport lounge.
  • We advised cargo operator Mid Asia Airlines Ltd, on setting up business.
  • We advised an US-based foreign equipment supplier on several legal issues against Bangladesh Biman.
  • We have advised individual passenger over disputes involving loss and damages arising from unlawful boarding refusal.

RAILWAYS

  • We advised a Indonesian company on railways signaling work involving Ruppore Atomic Power Station.

AUTOMOTIVE

  • We advised Lifan Group on establishing an automotive warehouse and showroom.

Aviation Finance

Aviation Financing includes all forms of aviation finance and leasing transactions, whether involving commercial aircraft or corporate air carriers (generally helicopters in Bangladesh context).

Services in the Aviation Financing sector generally includes:

  1. On sale, acquisition, financing and leasing of both new and used aircrafts
  2. Various forms of aircraft financing including but not limited to Pre-Delivery Payment (“PDP”) financing, Japanese Operating Lease (“JOL”) / Japanese Operating Lease with Call Option (“JOLCO”), Sha’riah based compliant financing etc.

Aviation Regulatory

Aviation Regulatory sector involves in-depth knowledge and understanding of the aviation industry along with keen technical and legal expertise.

Services in this sector may include

  1. Interpretation and compliance of various Civil Aviation Regulations,
  2. consumer protection legislation,
  3. competition cartel and alliance issues,
  4. price fixing investigations,
  5. Airports Regulations,
  6. slots advice and transfers,
  7. regulatory safety compliance etc

Aviation Dispute Resolution

In the emerging Aviation sector of Bangladesh, with an abundance of stakeholders, both domestic and foreign, swift dispute resolution is key by way of international arbitration proceedings, ranging from redelivery disputes and repossessions to commercial disputes with third party suppliers and major accidents and incidents etc.

As such, clients in this sector may include as follows

  1. airlines
  2. lessors
  3. financiers and the major transportation banks
  4. insurers
  5. maintenance repair and overhaul organizations
  6. airports
  7. airline associations etc.
Despite railway services in Bangladesh being operational since 1862, however, its infrastructures are still being developing to reach global standards, and while the Bangladesh Railways and its related services are not privatized as of yet, there exist bilateral initiatives, in joint ventures with neighboring countries with international funding, as such the national demand for rail investment continues to grow due to the immense economic, social and environmental benefits that railways can bring.
Rail Finance
Legal Services in the Rail Financing sector may include:
  1. Asset and lease financing, project finance, capital markets, structured finance, commodity finance and securitization
  2. Corporate finance, M&A and privatization (upon applicability)
  3. Real estate, including urban development and planning
  4. Infrastructure (including track, signaling and airport links), procurement, construction and finance
  5. Station and depot procurement, construction, financing and access, etc.

Rail Regulatory

Legal Services in the Rail Regulatory sector may include:

  1. Rail regulatory advice
  2. Procurement law, policy guidelines and rail regulation
  3. Light rail, trams, High-speed rail, underground and metro projects
  4. Health and safety etc.

Rail Dispute Resolution

Legal Services in the Rail Dispute Resolution sector may include:

  1. Dispute resolution and litigation
  2. Employment and labor, including benefits and pensions etc.
Bangladesh boasts the third-largest automotive industry in South Asia. The import-dependent market brings a wide range of brands of vehicles from countries including Japan, India, South Korea, China, Germany, France, Malaysia, the UK and the USA. However, Bangladesh has a few large car plants which assemble passenger cars from Mitsubishi and Proton, as well as commercial vehicles from Hino and Tata. Besides motorcycles, auto-rickshaws and the locally designed Mishuk three-wheeler are also manufactured in Bangladesh.
Automotive Finance

Legal Services in the Automotive Finance sector may include:

  1. Corporate advice and transactions
  2. Dealership distribution/franchising
  3. Dealership stock and other funding
  4. Reorganization, restructuring, insolvency, etc
Automotive Regulatory

Legal Services in the Automotive Regulatory sector may include:

  1. Competition and other regulatory issues
  2. Concession, Statutory exemptions, Govt relations, etc.
Automotive Dispute Resolution

Legal Services in the Automotive Dispute Resolution sector may include:

  1. Motor finance recovery litigation
  2. Employment law
  3. Product liability
  4. End-user quality and other disputes, etc.

Our Services Includes


  • Aviation Ownership & Lease Agreements.
  • Aviation related Finance Transactions.
  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Deaths.
  • Aviation & Contract Disputes.
  • Carriage of Goods by air.
  • Aviation supplies and Repair agreements.
  • Aviation Arbitration.
  • Aviation recovery and other Litigation.

Our Related Clients


  • Vector Aerospace Engine Services, Canada
  • Alaris Aerospace Systems LLC
  • Aero Instruments & Avionics, Inc.
  • Mid Asia Airlines Limited.
  • Hotel Sheraton Dhaka
  • Individual Clients.

Related Resources - Library


The value of law reports in the legal profession cannot be overemphasized. They can be regarded as the life-wire of the legal profession. We have a rich library with a mixture of printed and online legal databases. We have printed version of All England Commercial Cases, Indian Digest of Supreme Court cases, Yearbook Commercial Arbitration of Wolter Kluwer and most law reports of Bangladesh. We subscribe to the online legal database Manuputra providing access to most reputed law reports. Read more