Dhaka – Bangladesh’s state-run airlines has commissioned the fourth Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner to enhance its capacity to widen its horizon in the international aviation routes.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the new Boeing 787-8 to the Biman Bangladesh Airlines fleet at a function at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Tuesday.
Hasina boarded the aircraft, named Rajhangsha, inspected its inside and talked to the pilots and the crew members after the commissioning ceremony.
With the induction of the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, Biman Bangladesh Airlines has now 16 aircraft.
Biman’s acting Managing Director and CEO Captain Farhat Hasan Jamil along with other high officials received the Dreamliner at the airport on September 14.
Earlier, the first and second Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, named as ‘Akash Beena’ and ‘Hangsabalaka’ respectively, arrived in August and December last year, while the third one known as ‘Gaangchil’ landed in July.
In 2008, Biman Bangladesh Airlines signed a 2.1 billion dollar agreement with Boeing to purchase 10 new aircraft.
Boeing has delivered all the aircraft – four 777-300ER’s, two 737-800’s and four Dreamliners – to Biman.
Rajhangsa is a 271-seat aircraft. It has been designed as 20 percent 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, according to the officials.
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 from any place of the world.