The Dreamliner Hansabalaka joins its predecessor the Akash Beena as the 15th aircraft to Biman Bangladesh Airlines that vows to enter a new era of modern aviation with latest modelled aircraft
The 2nd Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft of national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines has been successfully added to its fleet.
The new aircraft named ' Hansabalaka' serial BG-2112landed at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 11:40pm, on Saturday, after making a nonstop 15-hour flight from Seattle, USA, to Dhaka, said Biman General Manager (Public Relations) Shakil Meraj.
Earlier, the Boeing authority handed over the ownership of the brand new aircraft to Biman’s Director Flight Operation Captain Farhat Hasan Jamil in Seattle on November 29, reports BSS.
The Dreamliner aircrafts are slated to operate flights from Dhaka to London, Dammam and Bangkok routes.
These will operate six flights on Dhaka-London route, four on Dhaka-Dammam route and three on Dhaka-Bangkok route in a week from December 10, according to Biman Bangladesh’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) AM Mosaddique Ahmed.
In 2008, Biman Bangladesh made a $2.1 billion deal to purchase 10 aircrafts from world-renowned manufacturer Boeing. Biman already received delivery of four 777-300ERs, two 737-800s, and one 787-8 Dreamliner.
Capable of flying at 650km/h with an engine manufactured by General Electric (GE), the Dreamliner has 271 seats, with 247 economy and 24 business class slots.
The plane boasts an air compressor that reduces the fatigue and jetlag experienced by passengers. It also features a state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system including TV channels, Wi-Fi, hundreds of movies, 3D map, and video games. Those with roaming mobile phone connections will also be able to make calls while airborne.
The cockpit of the Dreamliner has brand new heads-up display featuring cutting edge technology, using which pilots will be able to monitor all important data at a glance.