Project information

Flying for Life in Bangladesh

To expand our vital air service to the most disadvantaged people in the remote and inaccessible areas of Bangladesh, enabling healthcare, education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, and community development to reach those most in need.

Project will be complete when all the funding is received

Charity information: Mission Aviation Fellowship

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  • Need


    One third of Bangladesh s covered in water. Transport infrastructure is very poor, with a limited road network, few airports, and only a limited number of vehicle ferries on the numerous rivers. During the annual monsoon season up to a quarter of the country suffers severe flooding. Travel by road becomes almost impossible, and many areas are cut-off from outside help. These transport difficulties are a severe barrier to quick and effective response to natural disasters and humanitarian aid


    The need to reach the 'extreme poor' of Bangladesh, means that MAF's amphibious aircraft, the only such aircraft operating in Bangladesh, is essential in ensuring that urgently needed help reaches these marginalised people. Our programme has grown to the extent that the existing aircraft is operating at full capacity, and to continue providing and expand our vital service, we need to purchase a second amphibious aircraft.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a shuttle service through northern Bangladesh


    » Purchase a second amphibious aircraft

    Success will be at least one shuttle flight per week to northern Bangladesh

    Aim 2

    Enable increased partnership in projects run by local NGOs


    » Purchase a second amphibious aircraft

    Enable NGOs to spend, on average, an additional two days in the field (days saved by flying with MAF, instead of travelling over land), thereby delivering more support to villagers

    Aim 3

    Ensure we can continue to provide a comprehensive emergency medical evacuation service


    » Purchase a second amphibious aircraft

    To provide as requested, emergency medical evacuations for Bangladeshi nationals and NGO staff from remote locations to a suitable medical facility

    Aim 4

    Provide extra capacity to meet increased demand in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster


    » Purchase a second amphibious aircraft

    Following a natural disaster, to provide survey flights to the affected areas, enabling the Bangladeshi government to assess and request assistance from NGOs, who MAF will support.

    Aim 5

    Provide continued coverage for routine maintenance downtime of the existing aircraft


    » Purchase a second amphibious aircraft

    Success will be the continuity of our operations

  • Impact


    MAF provides support to over 80 NGOs bringing aid and relief in Bangladesh, enabling them to undertake two or three times more work; thereby delivering more benefit to the poorest people of Bangladesh. Ultimately, by saving time, NGOs are able to spend longer delivering projects to those most in need, which will ensure poverty reduction and social transformation among the extreme poor.


    Risks include: negotiation of import duties and obtaining agreement on these with local authorities, and delay due to permissions. We have dealt with this by monitoring proposed regulatory changes and continue to build relationships with government officials. Also, the political situation in the country is fragile, but in a worst-case scenario operations could be suspended and the aircraft redeployed elsewhere in MAF


    Funders of this project will receive regular reports/updates on the work which the aircraft has enabled, at intervals to be agreed with the donor

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,086,761

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,610,635 C208 amphibious Aircraft
      £126,035 Upgrades and ferry flight Fit out and upgrades to meet requirements and ferry flight to Bangladesh
      £350,091 Floats Wipaire amphibious float package

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Various donors £198,801 Guaranteed
  • Background


    MAF is based in the Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital, and currently has approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh to land at more than 300 water sites throughout the country, the vast majority of which are located in isolated flood prone areas, not accessible by any other means of transport.


    MAF provides support to over 80 NGOs, enabling them to set up base and work in the remotest locations, those most prone to disaster and flooding, where the most disadvantaged people live. Ultimately, it is the 52 million Bangladeshi's who remain below the poverty line who will receive improved access to quality services.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    MAF has been working successfully with development charities and emerging national Bangladeshi organisations since 1997, and still provides the only amphibious flight service in Bangladesh. We operate with the approval and support of the central government and the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Stephen Charlesworth

    Regional Director, Asia Pacific Region

    Captain Chad Tilley

    Programme Manager, MAF Bangladesh

Amphibious aircraft delivering help and hope

Amphibious aircraft delivering help and hope

If MAF is not there one whole day is wasted and maybe one third of the operations we would not have been able to do

Runa Khan, Executive Director, Friendship