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Uphold prestige of nat’l flag carrier

Dreamliner ‘Gaangchil’ added to Biman fleet

Published : 22 Aug 2019 09:59 PM | Updated : 06 Sep 2020 10:46 AM

Terming Bangladesh Biman a symbol of independence, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked authorities of the national flag carrier to enhance its reputation by improving passenger services further, reports BSS.

“It’s a responsibility of all involved in operating the national flag carrier to retain and increase reputation of Biman by further raising its passenger services,” she told the induction ceremony of ‘Gaangchil’, Biman’s third Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, at the VVIP Terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) on Thursday afternoon.

Simultaneously, the Prime Minister called for proper maintenance of the aircraft of Biman Bangladesh Airlines. “I’ll like to tell those involved in running Biman to work with utmost sincerity and patriotism … You’ll have to work keeping in mind that Bangladesh is our country and Bangladesh Biman is our own asset,” she said.

Mentioning the commissioning of ‘Gaangchil’ on Thursday, Sheikh Hasina said, “I’ll like to request all concerned to take care so that the aircraft can fly properly spreading its wings.” The premier said the induction of Gaangchil into the Biman’s fleet is another milestone for the national flag carrier. “It’s a day of fulfilling the dream,” she said.

Earlier, the Prime Minister commissioned ‘Gangchil’ cutting a ribbon at the VVIP Tarmac of HSIA. After the inauguration, Sheikh Hasina boarded and inspected inside the aircraft and talked to its pilots and other crew members. A munajat was offered on the occasion, seeking continued peace, progress and prosperity of the nation.

State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mahbub Ali, Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary Mohibul Haque, Chairman of Board of Directors of Biman Air Marshal (retd) Muhammad Enamul Bari also spoke at the ceremony. Managing Director and CEO of Biman Captain Farhat Hasan Jamil delivered the welcome address.

Ministers, advisers, parliament members, the chiefs of three services, dignitaries and high civil and military officials were present at the function. US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller was also present at the ceremony.

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