Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is giving a speech at the induction ceremony of the fourth Dreamliner named Rajhangsha at HSJIA on September 17 -Photo : Monitor
Dhaka : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina hinted at purchasing two more Boeing aircraft for Biman Bangladesh Airlines, while addressing the induction ceremony of the national flag carrier's fourth Dreamliner named Rajhang-sha at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on September 17.
In her speech, the Prime Minister asked the authorities of Biman to work with honesty and sincerity to ensure excellent service to the passengers.
"Three more Dash Bombardier air craft will be added to Biman's fleet. We also have got news that Boeing is interested to sell two more aircraft and we plan to take the opportunity soon," she added.
Bangladesh will have no problem to purchase those two Boeing aircraft since the country's foreign currency reserve is in a good state.
Mahbub Ali, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism, Mohibul Haque, Secretary, Civil Aviation and Tourism and Air Marshal (Retd) Muhammad Enamul Bari, Chairman, Board of Directors, Biman also spoke at the induction ceremony.
Md Mokabbir Hossain, Managing Director and CEO of Biman delivered the welcome speech. Earl R Miller, Ambassador of US to Bangladesh was also present on the occasion among others.
The Prime Minister formally inducted the new state-of-the-art Dreamliner to Biman's fleet by cutting a ribbon at the VVIP Tarmac of Dhaka airport.
After the induction, the premier boarded the aircraft to inspect it and spoke to the pilots and the crew members.
The ceremony also included a munajat, seeking continued peace, progress and prosperity of the nation.
With the induction of the new Dreamliner, the number of aircraft in Biman's fleet has reached to 16.
Rajhangsha has 271 seat capacity, 24 in Business Class and 247 in Economy. The Business Class seats feature 180 degree reclined facility and fully flatbeds.
It has been designed as a 20 per cent fuel efficient carrier, compared to the other aircraft. The airliner has the capacity to fly 16 hours nonstop with an average speed of 650 miles per hour.