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PM: Government officials must fly with Biman

  • Published at 06:36 pm September 17th, 2019
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File photo of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Focus Bangla

She said this while inaugurating the fourth Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said government officials must fly with Biman Bangladesh Airlines on the routes where the national flag carrier operates flights. 

She said this after inaugurating the fourth Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

“I have decided that government officials must fly with Biman Bangladesh Airlines for travelling,” she said after commissioning the aircraft, called ‘Rajhangsha’, at the Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka.

The fourth Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, the 16th aircraft of the national flag carrier, was added to the Biman’s fleet on September 14. It landed at HSIA directly from the USA’s Seattle’s Boeing Factory in the afternoon on the day.

Biman’s acting Managing Director and CEO Captain Farhat Hasan Jamil along with other high officials received the Dreamliner at the airport after welcoming it with a water cannon salute.

Earlier, the first and second Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, named ‘Akash Beena’ and ‘Hangsabalaka’ respectively, arrived here in August and December last year, while the third one known as ‘Gaangchil’ landed in July last.

The prime minister named all the Dreamliners, Biman sources said.

In 2008, Biman Bangladesh Airlines signed a $2.1 billion agreement with Boeing to purchase 10 new aircrafts.

As per the deal, Boeing has already delivered all the aircrafts – four 777-300ER’s, two 737-800’s and four Dreamliners – to Biman.

Rajhangsa, the 271-seat Boeing 787-8, has been designed as 20% fuel-efficient carrier compared to the other aircraft. 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 from any place of the world.