Biman signs deal with Boeing to procure two more 787 Dreamliners
- A Monitor Report 18 Nov, 2019 | 516 Views|-+
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Dubai Airshow on November 17 at DWC Dubai Airport_Photo: PID
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 the opening ceremony to enjoy the flying display at the airshow, one of the largest aviation exhibitions in the world.
Hasina joined at the invitation of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai who received her upon arrival. The Prime Minister reached Dubai on November 16 on a four-day official visit.
The five-day long airshow will conclude on November 21 with the participation of some 1,300 companies from 160 countries.
Launched in 1989, the Dubai Airshow, has turned into a global platform for the aviation industry to sell its new wares, as the public and private sectors meet to discuss new technologies, opportunities, and hurdles facing the industry.
The new Dreamliner variant would be 20 feet longer than the existing four Boeing 787-8s the national flag carrier has in its fleet.
Air Marshal Muhammad Enamul Bari, Board Chairman, Biman Bangladesh Airlines said, "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."
Stan Deal, President and Chief Executive Officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said, "Recently, the airline launched a new non-stop flight from Dhaka to Medina. 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.”