'Expat communities in abroad should stay united'

Kalerkantho Online   

27 May, 2018 14:37 PM

'Expat communities in abroad should stay united'

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Imran Jahan, an Aviation Entrepreneur and also the president of Stratosphere Aviation, has many years of experience in the aviation sector. He along with his partner Ahmed Hassan, a well-known individual, has gained a mentionable spot in the industry.   

They have been using their expertise in aviation to assist clients around the world with their commercial and military aviation needs primarily supplying aircraft spare parts along with consulting the airline business in general. Kalerkantho's online In-charge Ahsan Kabir recently held a conversation with Mr Imran. 

Q: How did you start the business of aeronautical spare parts supply & service?

A: I have always had an entrepreneur spirit and often wondered how it would be like to run my own business and Aviation was an industry I was always drawn to. However, given the circumstance of time and my ethnic background, there were constant challenges along the way. Finally, I decided to come out of the comfort zone and with the support of family and friends, I was encouraged to take on the challenges. Additionally, of course, behind every successful man, there is a woman and credit goes to my wife for tolerating my passion and giving me all the support to begin a startup business. The early days were full of challenges, sacrifice, and compromise. As our name gradually began spreading in the market, one of our competitors filed a legal complaint against Stratosphere. As a new company, we were in jeopardy and in a dilemma if we should continue stratosphere. However, we decided to fight back with full force and were able to overcome the challenges. 

Q: How do you foresee the future of your business in Bangladeshi market?

A: I am very optimistic about the future of our business in Bangladesh aviation sector. Bangladesh has a vibrant public sector which has been executing the airline business successfully. With the growth in middle class and increase in traffic demand, airlines in Bangladesh have recently purchased multiple generations of aircraft fleets. As time is becoming more of the essence air travel is also increasing in Bangladesh day by day. 

Q: Who are your clients in Bangladesh so far?

A: My clients in Bangladesh are Regent Airways, US Bangla Airlines, Novo Air, Biman Bangladesh Airlines and Bangladesh Navy.

Q: How many countries are you operating now?

A: We are operating in multiple countries around the world and to name a few we have a heavy presence in countries such as USA, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Morocco, and Egypt. 

Q: As a Bangladeshi-American how do you assess the obstacles of such business to grow high?

A: I have been involved in this industry for over 10 years. As a Bangladeshi-American, I feel privileged and have the best of both worlds. As an American, I have the access to the world-class resources and assistance from both the government and the community where I am able to run my export/import business at an ease. Also as a Bangladeshi, I am able to cater to my clients in Bangladesh in our native language and I am able to understand the ethnic and cultural backgrounds of this buyers. 

Q: What is your vision and where do you want to see yourself after 10 years?

A: We are already moving towards becoming a leader in the aviation industry and after 10 years we see Stratosphere Aviation having multiple establishments such as FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) 145 repair station along with parts manufacturing. 

Q: Tell about your company, it’s people & motto.

A: Stratosphere Aviation is a member of the United States Chamber of Commerce and Columbus Chamber of Commerce. We have gained the spot as a successful business in Columbus Chamber of Commerce. Our primary business is to supply aircraft spare parts of both commercial and military to clients around the world. We maintain a large warehouse with inventories from various fleets such as Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier, Embraer, ATRs, Augusta, and Bell. We provide 24/7 support to our airliners for both spare parts need and supply chain management. We take pride in our services by providing immediate export for aircraft on ground needs along with help to interpret engineering manuals and work with the material department to establish immediate and future need. 

Q:  What issues should we fix for the betterment of expat communities?

A: Most importantly, the expat communities in abroad should stay united and support each other like one family. I understood the importance of the community when my grandmother passed away here in the US several years back. My family was devastated but we our community came forward and helped us during our difficult times.