Dreamliner ‘Rajhangsha’ not flying in Thursday

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 14:49, Sep 11, 2019 | Updated : 14:50, Sep 11, 2019

The first Biman Bangladesh Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner `Akashbeena.`The fourth Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 'Rajhangsha' for Biman Bangladesh Airlines will not be arriving in Dhaka on Thursday (Sept 12) as scheduled due to technical problems.
United States-based Boeing Company asked for an additional two days to deliver the aircraft, last in the row of 10 aircrafts procured for the national flag carrier.
“Boeing has asked for 48 hours to deliver the aircraft. ‘Rajhangsha’ should be arriving on Sept 14,” said Biman Bangladesh Deputy General Manager (public relations) Tahera Khandaker.
Sources said that during examination prior to delivering Boeing discovered the radar of the aircraft to be faulty.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was supposed to inaugurate the aircraft on Saturday (Sept 14) but the program has been halted.
“The new date will be fixed once the aircraft arrives,” said Khandaker.
'Rajhangsha', the 271-seat aircraft, has been designed as 20 percent fuel-efficient carrier compared to the others. 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.
The total number of aircrafts in the Biman fleet will rise to 16 with the addition of the new Dreamliner.
Previously, the first and second Dreamliner Boeing 787-8, named “Akash Beena” and “Hangsabalaka” respectively, arrived in Dhaka on August and December last year, while the third one known as Gaangchil arrived in July this year.
In 2008, Biman signed a US$2.1 billion agreement with Boeing to procure 10 new aircrafts.
Of those, Boeing has already delivered four 777-300ER’s, two 737-800’s and three Dreamliners to Biman.
Apart from that Biman also purchased three brand new Dash-8 Q400 aircraft from Canada. Canadian Bombardier company will deliver the aircrafts between March and June 2020.