LONDON – Biman Bangladesh Airlines celebrated the tremendous milestone of taking delivery of a factory-fresh Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on August 19.
The delivery flight from Paine Field (PAE) departed at 13:40 PST and arrived
The new aircraft will be christened by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh on September 1 with the name Akashbina.
Looking Back At Biman Bangladesh
Back in 2014, Airways paid a visit to the airline’s headquarters in Dhaka, where exclusive access was granted to its graveyard.
The airline had recently retired its DC-10s with Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, all delivered new from Boeing. Additional 777-200s were also acquired and the company is looking at options to replace its A310s with another plane in the 250-280 passenger range.
This Dreamliner is the first of a large $2.1 billion order for 10 aircraft that was signed between Biman Bangladesh and Boeing in 2008.
One decade later, the carrier can now begin its long-awaited fleet renewal venture.
The Biman Bangladesh 787 In Photos
With the introduction of the 787, Biman Bangladesh now boasts a fleet of 11 aircraft, which includes four 737-800s, four 777-300ERs, and two Bombardier Q400s.
The airline’s Managing Director and CEO AM Mosaddiq Ahmed said that his airline “seeks to provide safe and comfortable services to passengers” and that the new aircraft will allow them to remain competitive.
In a surprising move, Boeing brought Biman Bangladesh’s first 787 to the Farnborough International Air Show in June, where it performed daily flying displays wowing the crowd with stunning air maneuvers.
The Boeing 787 has been a regular visitor at Farnborough since its first variant joined the flying display team in 2012.
The aircraft features 271 seats across a two-class configuration, offering 24 seats in Business and 247 seats in Economy class.
In-flight Wi-Fi connectivity will also be available. The airline states that rates will vary, starting from US$8 for 100mb of data, $16 for 300mb, and $600 for 600mb.
Each seat comes fitted with Panasonic’s ex2 IFE, which features nine TV channels, more than 100 movies, and also video games.
Roaming on mobiles will also be available due to the carrier having contracts with 25 satellites around the world.
First Routes: Singapore, Kuala Lumpur
According to the airline, the first commercial flight with the new Dreamliner will be Kuala Lumpur from Malaysia on September 1, 2018.
The airline’s general manager, Shakil Meraaj, confirmed that the plane will operate flights between Dhaka and Singapore, as well as to Kuala Lumpur during its introductory phase.
Biman Bangladesh has trained 14 pilots in Singapore as well as 11 technicians in the airline’s engineering department who are ready to maintain the aircraft.