The last of the three Dash-8 planes bought from Canada joins the flag carrier's fleet
The third Dash-8 aircraft purchased from Canada arrived in Dhaka on Friday afternoon.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has named it “Shwet Bolaka.”
State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md Mahbub Ali received the aircraft at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 5:36 pm on Friday. It has been purchased under government to government agreement.
State Minister Mahbub said the prime minister is working to modernize the fleet of Biman Bangladesh Airlines. This new aircraft is part of that initiative.
“She’s expected to inaugurate ‘Akash Tori’ and ‘Shwet Bolaka’ on March 14,” he added.
The new 74-seated Dash 8-400 aircraft is built by De Havilland, a well-known Canadian aircraft manufacturer. It is equipped with eco-friendly and advanced facilities like HEPA filter technology, which completely purifies the air inside the aircraft in just four minutes.
Secretary of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism Md Mokammel Hossain, Chairman of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Md Sajjadul Hasan, Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority Air Vice Marshal Md Mofidur Rahman, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Md Mokabbir Hossain were present at the event.
Earlier, among the three newly-purchased Dash-8 planes, "Akash Tori" arrived in Dhaka on February 24 this year and ‘Dhrubo Tara’ on December 27 last year.