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Dubai Airshow. Boeing inks Dreamliner deal with Bangladesh

Posted 17 November 2019 · Add Comment

Boeing and Bangladesh Airlines (Biman) have announced the carrier is to expand its 787 Dreamliner fleet with two additional aircraft valued at $585m at list prices.

The purchase complements Biman's fleet of four 787-8s with the larger and longer-range 787-9 variant. The national flag carrier of Bangladesh says the addition of the 787-9 will help modernise its fleet and expand its international network.

Air Marshal Muhammad Enamul Bari, chairman board of directors, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, said: "One of our key priorities is to have a modern fleet with technologically-advanced airplanes that will enable us to expand our international reach.

"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," he added.

Stan Deal, president and chief executive officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said: "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-carry capability for the routes that need it. The two will form a profitable network solution for Biman.”

Boeing also provides services that help Biman operate more efficiently. As part of a multiyear agreement, the airline'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.

Ted Colbert, chief executive officer, Boeing Global Services; Air Marshal Muhammad Enamul Bari, chairman of the board, Bangladesh Airlines; and Stan Deal, president and chief executive officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
 

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