Biman officials said that the aircraft will make its debut on the Dhaka-London route on December 10
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday inspected the second Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner of Biman Bangladesh Airlines at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA).
She inspected and boarded the aircraft, which the prime minister named “Hangsabalaka”, at the VVIP tarmac of the HSIA, reports BSS.
After boarding, the premier went round different zones of the aircraft, including the cockpit and spoke to the officials of Biman.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister AKM Shahjahan Kamal, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry Muhammad Faruk Khan, and senior
officials from the Prime Minister’s Office and Bangladesh Biman were also present during the inspection.
The aircarftlanded at HSIA at 11:40pm, Saturday, as the 15th aircraft of the national flag carrier, after making an uninterrupted 15-hour flight from the Seattle Boeing Factory in US.
Earlier, the Boeing authority handed over ownership of the brand new aircraft to Biman’s Flight Operation Director Captain Farhat Hasan Jamil in Seattle on November 29.
Biman officials said that the aircraft will make its debut on the Dhaka-London route on December 10.
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Earlier, the first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, known as Akash Beena, arrived on August 19, opening up a new era of modern aviation in Bangladesh. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the aircraft on September 1.
The two Dreamliners will operate six flights on the Dhaka-London route, four on the Dhaka-Dammam route, and three on the Dhaka-Bangkok route in a week from December 10, the Biman officials said.
The 271-seat Boeing 787-8 has been designed to be 20% more fuel efficient than other aircrafts. The airliner has the capacity to fly 16 hours, non-stop, 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.
In 2008, Biman Bangladesh Airlines signed a $2.1 billion agreement with Boeing to purchase 10 new aircrafts, of which, Boeing has already delivered four 777-300ER’s, two 737-800’s, and two Dreamliners to Biman.
Two more Dreamliners — Rajhangsha and Gaangchil — will be added to Biman’s fleet by September next year, the officials added.