Biman Bangladesh Airlines will get its fourth Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, last in the row of 10 new aircrafts, on September 12.
With the latest brand new Dreamliner, total number of the aircrafts in Biman fleet will rise to 16.
“The new aircraft named Rajhangsha will land at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 3:45pm on Thursday from the USA’s Seattle’s Boeing Factory,” Biman’s deputy general manager (public relations) Tahera Khondokar said today.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to inaugurate the aircraft on September 14, said Tahera.
Earlier, the first and second Dreamliner Boeing 787-8, named as Akash Beena and Hangsabalaka respectively, arrived Bangladesh in August and December last year while the third one known as Gaangchil arrived in July last.
Names of all the aircrafts were given by the prime minister.
A delegation comprising officials of Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry, Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) and Biman Bangladesh Airlines has already reached Seattle to receive the factory made Boeing aircraft, Tahera added.
Biman’s four pilots led by its Chief of Flight Safety Captain Shoeb Chowdhury will bring the aircraft in Dhaka.
In 2008, Biman signed a US$2.1 billion agreement with Boeing to purchase 10 new aircrafts.
Of those, Boeing has already delivered four 777-300ER’s and two 737-800’s and three 787-8 Dreamliner to Biman.
Rajhangsha, the 271-seat Boeing 787-8, has been designed as 20 percent fuel efficient carrier compared to the other aircrafts.
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 party of the world.