Biman signs deal with Boeing to procure two more 787 Dreamliners.
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Ted Colbert, CEO, Boeing Global Services; Air Marshal Muhammad Enamul Bari, Board Chairman, Biman and Stan Deal, President and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes are seen at the Dubai Airshow 2019
Dhaka : Biman Bangladesh Airlines signed a contract with Boeing to acquire two 787-9 Dreamliners aircraft, each priced at USD292.5 million, during the Dubai Airshow 2019 which began from November 17 at the Dubai World Central (DWC).
The recently procured 787-9 of Biman performed an aerial display at the opening ceremony of the Dubai airshow. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined to enjoy the flying display at the airshow, one of the largest aviation exhibitions in the world.
The purchase - recorded in October as an unidentified order on Boeing's website - complements Biman's fleet of 787-8 jets with the larger and longer-range 787-9 variant. The national flag carrier of Bangladesh says the addition of the 787-9 will help modernise its fleet and expand its international network.
The new Dreamliner variant would be 20 feet longer than the existing four Boeing 787-8s the national flag carrier has in its fleet.
"One of our key priorities is to have a modern fleet with technologically-advanced airplanes that will enable us to expand our international reach," said Air Marshal Muhammad Enamul Bari, Board Chairman, Biman Bangladesh Airlines.
"While we have a good domestic network, we plan to extend our international network to include more destinations in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The 787 with its technological superiority, excellent operational performance and passenger experience will enable us to achieve that goal," he added.
The 787-9 is part of a three-member family that offers long range and unmatched fuel efficiency in the 200 to 350 seat market. For Biman, the 787-9 can carry 298 passengers in a standard three-class configuration and fly up to 7,530 nautical miles (13,950 kms) while reducing fuel use and emissions by up to 25 percent compared to older airplanes.
"Biman Bangladesh is showing us the powerful potential of the Dreamliner family. Just last month, the airline launched a new non-stop flight from its hub in Dhaka to Medina, Saudi Arabia. It's a great example of the 787-8 serving as a 'market opener.' And now, Biman adds the 787-9 which brings more seats, more range and more cargo-carry capability for the routes that need it. The two will form a profitable network solution for Biman," said Stan Deal, President and Chief Executive Officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Boeing also provides services that help Biman operate more efficiently. As part of a multiyear agreement, the airline's pilots this year began using the Jeppesen Flite Deck Pro X electronic flight bag (EFB) platform to access mobile charts and navigational information, increasing their situational awareness on the ground and in the air.