Dhaka : The national carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines has brought the fifth Boeing 737-800 aircraft, on lease from Kuwait's aircraft-leasing company ALAFCO, to its fleet that landed on Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 3:25 am on May 16.
With the latest addition, Biman currently has a fleet of 14 aircraft - four 777-300 ERs, two Boeing 787 Dreamliners, two Boeing 737-800s on purchase and three Boeing 737-800s, three Dash-8 Q400s on lease.
The flag carrier will bring the sixth 737-800 aircraft in June and two latest Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in July and September on purchase.
Alongside increasing the fleet size, the airline is also expanding its operations. Following that, Biman launched direct flights on Dhaka-Delhi-Dhaka route on May 13.
The carrier is also set to launch Guangzhou flight in July. And from October, Biman will start operating direct flights to Madinah, its fourth destination in Saudi Arabia after Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh.
In the last fiscal year, Biman Bangladesh Airlines had a record number of 26 lakh passengers. As a result, the airline is planning on increasing flight frequencies on the existing 16 international and domestic routes.