Biman to add two more Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner jets
Nov 18, 2019: Biman Bangladesh Airlines (Biman) will add two additional Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft valued at $585 million at list prices. Biman and Boeing made the announcement at the ongoing 2019 Dubai Airshow.
The two jets will join Biman's fleet of 787-8 jets with the larger and longer-range 787-9 variant.
"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, former chief of air staff, chairman board of directors, Biman Bangladesh Airlines.
He added that the airline plans to extend its 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 said.
For the national flag carrier of Bangladesh, 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 carrying 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.
Among other agreements with Boeing, Biman'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.