PM to inaugurate Biman’s 4th Dreamliner on Saturday

Published : 09:07, Sep 10, 2019 | Updated : 09:09, Sep 10, 2019

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurates the third Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner `Gaanchil` at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Thursday, August 22, 2019 Focus BanglaPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina will formally inaugurate the fourth brand new Boeing 787-8 aircraft called “Dreamliner” as the 16th plane of Biman, Bangladesh Airlines fleet on Saturday (Sept 14).

The fourth Dreamliner, named Rajhangsha, last in the row of 10 new aircraft for the national flag carrier, will arrive here from USA’s Seattle Boeing Factory on Thursday, a Biman press release said on Monday (Sept 9).

Earlier, the first and second Dreamliner Boeing 787-8, named “Akash Beena” and “Hangsabalaka” respectively, arrived here on August and December last year, while the third one known as Gaangchil arrived in July last.

Names of all the aircraft were given by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina herself.

A delegation comprising officials of Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry, Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) and Biman Bangladesh Airlines are now in Seattle to receive the aircraft from the Boeing company.

Four pilots of Biman led by it's Chief of Flight Safety Captain Shoeb Chowdhury are with the delegation to bring the aircraft here.

In 2008, Biman Bangladesh Airlines signed a US$2.1 billion agreement with Boeing to purchase 10 new aircraft.

Of those, Boeing has already delivered four 777-300ER’s and two 737-800’s and three Dreamliners to Biman.

Rajhangsha, the 271-seat Boeing 787-8, has been designed as 20 percent fuel-efficient carrier compared to the other aircraft. The airliner has the capacity to fly 16 hours nonstop with an average speed of 650 miles per hour.

It will provide its passengers with Wi-Fi services at a height of 43,000 feet, allowing passengers to browse the internet or connect with their friends and family from any place in the world.

Apart from that Biman also purchased three brand new Dash-8 Q400 aircraft from Canada. Canadian Bombardier company will deliver the aircraft between March and June, 2020, the release added.