Farnborough: The first of four Boeing 787s for Biman Bangladesh Airlines has taken part in the flying display at the Farnborough air show in the afternoon of July 17.
The aircraft on display ‘Akashbina’ is one of four General Electric GEnx-powered 787-8s Biman is due for delivery next August, followed by a second due in September.
The aircraft was flown in from Boeing factory in Seattle, United States to Farnborough, England for show casing at the international air show, being held from July 16 to July 22.
The Bangladeshi flag carrier originally ordered its 787s in 2008 as part of a deal that included four 777-300ERs. At that time, the 787s were slated for delivery in 2017.
The first Dreamliner will join the fleet of Biman on August 20 and will be put into service from September 1. The state of the art plane will be in commercial service for four hours in Dhaka-Singapore and Dhaka- Kuala Lumpur routes. Tickets on the four-hour flights are on sale, said General Manager (Public Relations) of Biman, Shakil Miraj.
In 2008, Biman had sign an agreement to purchase 10 aircrafts worth USD 2.1 billion. Four Boeing 777-300ER and two 737-800 have already joined the fleet. The other four aircrafts, Boeing 787 Dreamliners will be handed over in August and second in November this year. The rest two Dreamliners will be delivered September 2019, said an PR official of Biman.
The 271 seat capacity Dreamliners have 24 seats in Business Class and 247 in Economy Class. The Business Class seats are total flat and can recline 180 degree for comfort of the passenger.
The 185 feet long aircraft can fly 16 hours non-stop and will consume 20 per cent less aviation fuel.
Inflight entertainment facilities include nine live streaming channels of BBC, CNN and other sports channels.
Meanwhile, 14 pilots and 112 ground engineers and technicians have been trained in Singapore for flying and maintenance of the 56 feet tall, 117,617 kg weight state-of-the-art aircraft Dreamliners, Biman officials said.
Biman's fleet is an all-Boeing affair, comprising seven 777s and four 737-800s. It also flies two Bombardier Q400s.