The aircraft manufacturing giant also to provide services to help Biman operate more efficiently
Biman Bangladesh Airlines has announced that the national carrier will expand its 787 Dreamliner fleet with two additional airplanes, valued at $585 million at list price, from Boeing at the ongoing 2019 Dubai Airshow.
In a statement published on its website on Sunday, Boeing said the purchase – recorded in October as an unidentified order on Boeing's website – complements Biman's fleet of 787-8 jets with the larger and longer range 787-9 variant.
The national flag carrier of Bangladesh said the addition of the 787-9 will help modernize its fleet and expand its international network.
Boeing also provides services that help Biman operate more efficiently, the statement added.
As part of a multiyear agreement, the airline's pilots this year began using the Jeppesen Flite Deck Pro X electronic flight bag (EFB) platform to access mobile charts and navigational information, increasing their situational awareness on the ground and in the air.
"One of our key priorities is to have a modern fleet with technologically advanced airplanes that will enable us to expand our international reach," Air Marshal Muhammad Enamul Bari, former chief of Air Staff and chairman Board of Directors, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, said in the statement.
"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.
The 787-9 is part of a three member family of planes that offers long range and unmatched fuel efficiency in the 200 to 350 seat market.
For Biman Bangladesh, the 787-9 can carry 298 passengers in a standard three class configuration and fly up to 7,530 nautical miles (13,950km), reducing fuel use and emissions by up to 25% compared to older airplanes.
"Biman Bangladesh is showing us the powerful potential of the Dreamliner family. Just last month, the airline launched a new nonstop flight from its hub in Dhaka to Medina, Saudi Arabia.”
Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Stan Deal, in the statement said: "It is 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 carrying capability for the routes that need it."
"The two will form a profitable network solution for Biman," he said.