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Biman gets 2 new aircraft

Staff Correspondent

Two aircraft, including a brand new Boeing 777-300ER, will be commissioned into the Biman fleet a day after Independence Day.
A 777-200 ER leased from Egypt Air arrived yesterday while the last of the four new 777s bought from Boeing will reach Dhaka tomorrow from Boeing's manufacturing plant at Seattle, USA.
Biman officials said the addition of the aircraft will help the national flag carrier expand its routes and better maintain flight schedule.
They also said the second of the two 777s leased from Egypt Air for five years would join the Biman fleet in a month. Currently, the national airlines has three 777-300ER, two Boeing 737s and two Airbus A310s.
“The first B777-200ER from Egypt Air has already arrived Dhaka. The last B777-300ER bought from Boeing would depart tomorrow (Saturday) at 08:00pm Seattle time and arrive in Dhaka around 12 noon (Dhaka time) on Sunday,” Biman Managing Director Kevin John Steele told The Daily Star.
Both the aircraft will be inducted to the Biman fleet by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on March 27.
Biman, now operating to 18 international destinations in Asia and Europe, will resume its flight to Frankfurt with one of these two carriers on March 31 after around seven years' pause.
Besides, Kevin has already announced resumption of the flight to New York in June and some other routes to regional destinations like Guwahati, Kunming and Guangzhou.
Biman insiders, however, said the national carrier is already incurring a huge loss on several routes particularly to Yangon, Delhi and Hong Kong which Kevin resumed a few months back.
They also suspect that Frankfurt and New York routes too are likely to cause further loss for Biman.
Biman stopped operation on the routes in 2006 as the flights were inflicting a huge amount of loss on the national carrier.

 

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