The 2nd Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft of Biman Bangladesh Airlines has arrived.
It is the 15th aircraft to the national flag carrier that vows to enter a new era of modern aviation with latest modelled aircraft. “The new aircraft named as Hangshabalaka landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 11:40pm Saturday after making an uninterrupted 15-hour flight from the USA’s Seattle’s Boeing Factory,” Biman’s Manager Public Relations Shakil Meraj said on Sunday.
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.
Earlier, the first Dreamliner Boeing 787-8, known as Akash Beena, arrived on August 19 that was inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on September 1 last. The Dreamliner aircraft 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, Biman Bangladesh’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) AM Mosaddique Ahmed said.
The 271-seat Boeing 787-8 has been designed as 20 percent fuel efficient carrier than 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 at any end of the world.
In 2008, Biman signed a US$2.1 billion agreement with Boeing to purchase 10 new aircraft.
Of these, Boeing has already delivered six 777-300ER’s and two 737-800’s and one Dreamliner to Biman.