The second Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft will be added to Biman Bangladesh Airlines’ fleet on Saturday.
The aircraft is scheduled to land at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka around 4:30pm, said Biman General Manager (Public Relations) Shakil Meraj, reports UNB.
He said: “Manufacturer Boeing handed over the aircraft on Thursday, and it is scheduled to make a nonstop 15-hour flight from Seattle, USA, to Dhaka, Bangladesh on Friday night.”
“The aeroplane will be called Hansabalaka, and it will join its predecessor Akash Beena, which began its service on August 19. The serial number of the aeroplane will be BG-2112,” he added.
The addition will bring the number of aircrafts in the national airlines’ fleet to 15.
Biman Managing Director and CEO AM Mosaddique Ahmed said: “The addition of this aeroplane will mean more flights per week on the Saudi Arabia, London, and Bangkok routes starting December 10.”
Air Marshal Enamul Bari, chairman of the Board of Directors of Biman, said: “Dreamliners are capable of 16-hour nonstop flights, and use 20% less fuel. Expansion of the fleet will mean more flights and more routes.”
In 2008, Biman Bangladesh made a $2.1 billion deal to purchase 10 aircrafts from world-renowned manufacturer Boeing. Biman received delivery of four 777-300ERs, two 737-800s, and one 787-8 Dreamliner already. Hansabalaka is the second of the four due.
All four Dreamliners were named in advance by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Capable of flying at 650km/h with an engine manufactured by General Electric (GE), the Dreamliner has 271 seats, with 247 economy and 24 business class slots.
The plane boasts an air compressor that reduces the fatigue and jetlag experienced by passengers. It also features a state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system including TV channels, Wi-Fi, hundreds of movies, 3D map, and video games. Those with roaming mobile phone connections will also be able to make calls while airborne.
The cockpit of the Dreamliner will have brand new heads-up display featuring cutting edge technology, using which pilots will be able to monitor all important data at a glance.