Biman Bangladesh Airlines today resumed its direct flight on Dhaka-Manchester route.
With 269 passengers on board, a brand-new Dreamliner 787-9 took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital around 12:55pm (local time) for Manchester after more than seven years.
It will be 17th international destination of the national flag carrier.
State Minister for Civil Aviation M Mahbub Ali inaugurated the flight at a ceremony and greeted the passengers at HSIA.
Biman will operate the flight to Manchester, Britain’s major northwester city that hosts approximately 90 thousand Bangladeshi expatriates, on every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary M Mohibul Haque, Biman’s Board Chairman Air Marshal (retd) M Enamul Bari, Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh Chairman Air Vice Marshal M Mofidur Rahman and Biman’s Managing Director and CEO Mokabbir Hossain also spoke at the inaugural ceremony.
The government has been purchasing brand new aircrafts and opening new routes to upgrade the standard of the national flag carrier, the state minister said.
“We have also taken various measures to improve customers services of Biman Bangladesh Airlines,” he said.
Biman will soon resume its New York flight and begin Toronto flight, Mohibul added.
Biman temporarily suspended Dhaka-Manchester route in September, 2012 due to shortage of aircrafts.
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has total 298 seats including 30-business class, 21-premium economy class and 247-economy class.