Biman Bangladesh Airlines will get its forth brand new Boeing 787-8, last in the row of 10 new aircraft, on September 12 as the 16th aircraft of its fleet.
“The new aircraft named as Rajhangsha will land at Hazrat Shahjalah International Airport at 3.45 pm on September 12 from the USA’s Seattle’s Boeing Factory,” Biman’s spokesperson Tahera Khondokar told BSS.Earlier, the first and second Dreamliner Boeing 787-8, named as 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 comprised with officials of Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry, Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) and Biman Bangladesh Airlines will leave here on September 6 for Seattle in this regards, Khondokar, who is deputy general manager (PR) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, said.
Biman’s four pilots led by its Chief of Flight Safety Captain Shoeb Chowdhury will go 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 aircrafts.
Of those, Boeing has already delivered four 777-300ER’s and two 737-800’s and three Dreamliner to Biman.The fourth Dreamliner, the last one of the 10th new aircraft, will be added to the Biman’s fleet in September.
Rajhangsha, the 271-seat Boeing 787-8, has been designed as 20 percent fuel efficient carrier compared to the other aircrafts. 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 wifi services at a height of 43,000 feet, allowing passengers to browse the internet or connect with their friends and family at any end of the world.