The management of national flag carrier is verifying the engine quality of Rolls Royce and GE Aviation – the two companies considered the top aircraft engine suppliers in the aviation world.
In 2010, Biman signed a deal with the Boeing, a US aircraft manufacturer, to buy 10 aircraft.
Boeing has already delivered six aircraft out of 10, while all the six aircraft engines were supplied by GE Aviation.
However, Rolls Royce, a British aero-engine manufacturer company, wants to sell its engines to Bangladesh while Standard Chartered Bank will finance for it.
A high-level business delegation comprised of Sales Director of Rolls Royce and Standard Chartered Bank executive director met the Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister, Rashed Khan Menon, a few months ago and discussed the prospect of doing business.
“We had a meeting with Rolls Royce. It wants to sell engines for the aircraft that we are planning to buy in future,” the minister told Dhaka Tribune.
Standard Chartered Bank would provide finance if there is any agreement, added the Minister.
Menon said it was Biman’s concern and it would be decided by the board of the airlines.
The Biman technical team would negotiate with the engine-making company and put forward its recommendations to the board, he added.
The team is yet to finalise which company’s engine would be fixed for the Dreamliner.
As per the agreement, Boeing is scheduled to deliver four Dreamliner aircraft by 2019. Of them, first two will reach Dhaka by 2017.
Biman General Manager Shakil Meraj told the Dhaka Tribune their management is yet to finalise the procurement of engine for Dreamliner.