Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today inaugurated the second Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner of Biman Bangladesh Airlines at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.She also inspected and boarded the new generation aircraft at the VVIP Tarmac of the airport.
After boarding, the premier looked around different zones of the aircraft including the cockpit and talked to the officials and staffs of the national airliner.
PM has named the aircraft as ‘Hansabalaka’.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister AKM Shahjahan Kamal, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the ministry Muhammad Faruk Khan, senior officials of the Prime Minister’s Office and Biman Bangladesh Airlines were present at that time.
On December 1, the Dreamliner reached Dhaka at 11:40pm as the 15th aircraft of the national flag carrier after making an uninterrupted 15-hour flight from the Boeing Factory in Seattle, USA.
Earlier, the Boeing authority handed over the ownership of the brand-new aircraft to Biman’s Director (Flight Operation) Captain Farhat Hasan Jamil in Seattle on November 29.
The aircraft will make its debut flight on Dhaka-London route on December 10, Biman General Manager Shakil Meraj (public relation) said.
The maiden Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, named ‘Akash Beena’, arrived on August 19 opening up a new era of modern aviation with the latest-model aircraft being added to the Biman’s fleet.
The two Dreamliners will operate six flights on Dhaka-London route, four on Dhaka-Dammam route and three on Dhaka-Bangkok route every week from December 10, Meraj said.
The 271-seat Boeing 787-8 has been designed as 20 percent fuel efficient carrier compared to the other aircrafts.
The airliner has the capacity to fly 16 hours non-stop with an average speed of 650 miles per hour.
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 at any end of the world.
In 2008, Biman Bangladesh Airlines signed a US$2.1 billion agreement with Boeing to purchase 10 new aircrafts.
Of these, Boeing has already delivered four 777-300ER aircrafts, two 737-800 aircrafts and two Dreamliners to Biman.
Two more Dreamliners — Rajhangsha and Gangchil — will be added to the Biman’s fleet by September next year, the officials said.