Imran Asif, Chief Executive Officer, US-Bangla Airlines and Philip Scruggs, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Commercial Officer, AerCap shaking hands after signing an agreement on lease of brand new B737 Max 8
Dhaka : US-Bangla Airlines has taken lease of latest brand new regional jet 737 Max 8 from AerCap, the largest owner of commercial aircraft in the world and the most active aircraft trader, making the carrier the first in Bangladesh to opt for this kind of aircraft.
This was announced at a press conference held at Le Méridien Dhaka on February 19. Imran Asif, Chief Executive Officer, US-Bangla Airlines; Philip Scruggs, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Commercial Officer, AerCap; Suthesh Selvaratnam, Vice President, Leasing Asia Pacific, AerCap and Ahsen Rajput, Director, Sales and Marketing, The Boeing Company, addressed the media, among others.
US-Bangla signed an agreement with AerCap during the press conference for their first Boeing 737 Max 8, which is scheduled to be delivered in March 2020. AerCap serves over 200 customers in approximately 80 countries with comprehensive fleet solutions.
The Boeing 737 Max aircraft offers the latest technology and is designed to provide a comfortable travel experience for the passengers. It has 172 seats in two classes - Business and Economy.
Philip Scruggs, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Commercial Officer, AerCap, said, "Max powered by Leap-1B engine is the most advanced technological aircraft to ever come of production facilities of Boeing in Seattle. Its efficiency and range will allow US-Bangla to serve the people of Bangladesh and fulfill its company motto - Fly fast, fly safe."
Considering its low cost, environment friendliness and other advantages, the aircraft is gradually becoming popular among the airlines worldwide. Many renowned airlines including Malaysia Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, United Airlines, American Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and Fly Dubai have already started operating Boeing 737 Max.
Ahsen Rajput, Director, Sales and Marketing, The Boeing Company, said, "This is indeed a milestone for Boeing, AerCap and specially US-Bangla Airlines. They will be the first to operate Boeing 737 Max 8 in Bangladesh which is the fastest selling aircraft in Boeing history."
Two brand new ATR 72-600 aircraft will be added to US-Bangla fleet shortly. US-Bangla is the first private airline in Bangladesh to take delivery of the aircraft directly from the factory.
Imran Asif, Chief Executive Officer, US-Bangla Airlines, said, "US-Bangla Airlines represents Bangladesh. It started its journey carrying the nation's hope, desire and possibilities. From the very beginning, honourable passengers, travel agents, corporate bodies and well-wishers have fuelled US-Bangla's progress by keeping faith in the airline. With everyone's cooperation, US-Bangla will keep doing justice to the country's reputation."
US-Bangla presently operates a fleet of seven aircraft including 4 Boeing 737-800 and 3 Dash 8-Q400.