PM inducts Biman’s third Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner named Gaangchil today

- A Monitor Desk Report 22 Aug, 2019 | 563 Views|-+
Dhaka: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inducted the modern technology equipped new and third Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner named as ‘Gaangchil’ to Biman Bangladesh Airlines’ fleet at the VVIP Terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital this afternoon.

“The induction of Gaangchil to Biman’s fleet is another milestone for the national flag carrier … it’s a day of fulfilling the dream,” she said at the induction ceremony.

After the induction, the Prime Minister boarded and inspected the inside of the aircraft and talked to its pilots and other crew members.

A munajat was offered on the occasion, seeking continued peace, progress and prosperity of the nation.

Mahbub Ali, State Minister and Mohibul Haque, Secretary from Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry as well as Air Marshal (retd) Muhammad Enamul Bari, Chairman – Board of Directors, Biman Bangladesh Airlines also spoke at the induction ceremony.

Captain Farhat Hasan Jamil, Managing Director and CEO of Biman Bangladesh Airlines delivered the welcome address.

Other ministers, advisers, parliament members and dignitaries were present at the function. Earl R. Miller, Ambassador of US to Bangladesh was also present on the occasion.

After the Prime Minister inducted the aircraft, it departed Dhaka for Abu Dhabi in its maiden flight at 5:30 pm today.

Biman brought the third Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner earlier on July 25. Now, with the induction, the flag carrier has taken the number of aircraft in its fleet to 15.

Dreamliner has 16 hours of nonstop flying capacity. It also requires 20 per cent less fuel compared to other aircraft.

Gaangchil has a seat capacity of 271, among which there are 24 seats in Business Class and 247 in Economy Class. The Business Class seats come with 180 degree reclined facility and total flat beds.

In front of every seat, there is a Panasonic LED S monitor. Also, passengers can enjoy more than 100 movies in the Dreamliner In-flight Entertainment system (IFE).

Moreover, passengers can also avail WiFi services even while flying 43 thousand foot above the sea surface. Everyone can enjoy 10 MB of complimentary internet for 15 minutes.

In 2008, Biman signed a deal to purchase 10 planes from US aircraft manufacturer Boeing. Already, Biman has received four new Boeing 777-300ERs, two 737-800s, and three 787-8 Dreamliners.

The fourth and last Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be delivered next month.

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