PM inducts two brand new Dreamliners into Biman fleet
-A Monitor Report 29 Dec, 2019 | 1552 Views|-+
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is seen onboard inspecting the insides of the two new Dreamliners after the induction
Dhaka: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on December 28 inducted “Sonar Tari” and “Achin Pakhi”, the fifth and sixth brand new Dreamliner Boeing 787-9 into the fleet of Biman Bangladesh Airlines.
The premier commissioned the two state-of-the-art aircraft of the national flag carrier by cutting ribbons at the VVIP Tarmac of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in the morning.
After the inauguration, Sheikh Hasina boarded and inspected the insides of the aircraft and talked to the pilots and other crew members.
A munajat was offered on the occasion, seeking continued peace, progress and prosperity of the nation.
‘Achin Pakhi’ and ‘Sonar Tori’ landed at HSIA on December 24 and December 21 respectively from Seattle, the USA.
With the two Dreamliners, the number of such most modern aircraft of the national flag carrier has increased to six and the Biman’s total aircraft fleet number to 18.
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has total 298 seats including 30 business classes, 21 premium economy classes and 247 economy classes.
In September last, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina disclosed her plan of purchasing two more Boeing 787 aircraft while inducting Biman’s fourth Dreamliner named “Rajhangsa” in the capital.
Biman’s first Dreamliner named as ‘Akash Beena’, arrived here in August last year while the second one known as ‘Hangsabalaka’ landed in December last.
The third Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner named as ‘Gaangchil’ arrived here in July this year and the fourth one ‘Rajhangsa’ in September.
In 2008, Biman Bangladesh Airlines signed a USD2.1 billion agreement with Boeing to purchase 10 new aircraft. As per the deal, Boeing has already delivered all the aircraft– four 777-300ER’s, two 737-800’s and four Dreamliners– to Biman.
Briefly describing various development programmes of the government to improve the service of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the Prime Minister said that to improve the service for the passengers it would not be wise to give everything to the private sector.
"We had invited the private sector in the aviation industry while we were in the power in 1996, but we will not put the whole sector on them. [If we do,] then there might be price difference in the morning and afternoon on the same day," she said.
In this connection, she said that to increase the market share of Biman in the domestic routes the government has procured three more small planes from Canada and these will be available within a very short time.
"We will try to bring more aircraft with those three so that we could extend our service to all airports of the country. We are taking that initiative," she said.