The brand new Dash 8-400 aircraft landed in Dhaka today and was add to the Biman Bangladesh Airlines fleet.
Upon landing at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, the aircraft was greeted with a water cannon salute.
Sajjadul Hassan, chairman, Board of Directors of Biman Bangladesh Airlines; Md Mokabbir Hossain, managing director and CEO, Biman; Mirza Sarwar Jahan, director engineering and materials management, Biman; Ashfaqul Amin Mukut, general manager, administration and other officials of Biman and Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh, among others, were present at the airport at the time.
The aircraft is the first of three purchased on GTG basis between the governments of Bangladesh and Canada.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has named the aircraft "Dhrubatara", says a press release of Biman.
With the addition of the Dash 8 aircraft to the fleet, Biman plans to increase its flight frequency on domestic and short-haul international routes.
The new Dash 8-400 is a 74-seater aircraft built by De Havilland, a well-known Canadian aircraft manufacturer.
Equipped with eco-friendly and state-of-the-art facilities, the aircraft has HEPA filter technology that purifies the air inside the aircraft by destroying bacteria, viruses and other germs, the release read.
The aircraft will also have more leg space, LED lighting and wide windows, it added.