Biman Bangladesh Airlines will buy two more Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft for its fleet which the national flag carrier says will help expand its international network.
Boeing and Biman made announced on Sunday (Nov 17) at the 2019 Dubai Airshow, the US aircraft manufacturer said in a statement.
It said the aeroplanes were "valued at $585 million at list prices".
"One of our key priorities is to have a modern fleet with technologically-advanced aeroplanes that will enable us to expand our international reach," the statement quoted Biman Chairman Muhammad Enamul Bari. "While we have a good domestic network, we plan to extend our international network to include more destinations in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The 787 with its technological superiority, excellent operational performance and passenger experience will enable us to achieve that goal," he added.
"Biman Bangladesh is showing us the powerful potential of the Dreamliner family. Just last month, the airline launched a new non-stop flight from its hub in Dhaka to Medina, Saudi Arabia. It's a great example of the 787-8 serving as a 'market opener.' And now, Biman adds the 787-9 which brings more seats, more range and more cargo-carry capability for the routes that need it. The two will form a profitable network solution for Biman," said Stan Deal, president and chief executive officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.