Biman Bangladesh Airlines will get its forth factory-fresh Boeing 787-8 on September 12.
With the latest brand new Dreamliner, the total number of aircrafts in Biman’s fleet will rise to 16.
“The new aircraft named ‘Rajhangsha’ will land at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 3:45pm on September 12 from the Boeing factory in Seattle, USA,” Biman’s Deputy General Manager (public relations) Tahera Khondokar said yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to inaugurate the aircraft on September 14, said Tahera.
The first and second Boeing 787-8, named “Akash Beena” and “Hangsabalaka” respectively, arrived in Bangladesh in August and December last year, while the third named “Gaangchil” arrived in July last.
All the aircrafts were named by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. A delegation -- comprising officials of Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) and Biman Bangladesh Airlines -- has already reached Seattle to receive the aircraft, Tahera, said. Four Biman pilots led by its Chief of Flight Safety Captain Shoeb Chowdhury will bring the aircraft to Dhaka.
In 2008, Biman Bangladesh Airlines signed a US$2.1 billion agreement with Boeing to purchase 10 new aircrafts.
Of those, Boeing has already delivered four 777-300ERs, two 737-800s and three 787-8s to Biman.
Rajhangsha, the 271-seat Boeing 787-8, has been designed to be 20 percent more fuel efficient compared to other aircrafts.
The airliner has the capacity to fly 16 hours nonstop with an average speed of 650 miles per hour.