Biman Bangladesh Airlines is going to add five new aircraft including two Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, the fuel-efficient long-haul aircraft, to its fleet this year on the celebration of the 46th founding anniversary. After being established by Bangladesh’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Biman started its journey on January 4, 1972.
Managing Director and CEO of Biman Bangladesh Airlines AM Mosaddique Ahmed said two new Dreamliners would be added to the fleet this year while the flag carrier would fly on new routes. According to a media statement released by Biman on its website they said Biman’s network will be expanded to China’s Guangzhou, Sri Lanka’s Colombo and Maldives’ capital Male.
The national flag carrier currently operates flights to 15 international and seven domestic destinations with 13 aircraft, including four Boeing 777-300 ER, two Boeing 777-200 ER, four Boeing 737-800 ER, two Dash-8 Q400, and an Airbus A330.
Biman had inked an agreement with Boeing in 2008 to purchase 10 aircraft. Six of them have already been added to the fleet. Of the four 787-8 Dreamliner planes, two will be added this year and two others in 2019. This year, three Dash-8 Q400 planes will also be added to the fleet.
Biman’s general manager (public relations) Shakil Meraj said the national flag carrier had transported 52.5 million passengers in the last 46 years. In the last 2016-17 fiscal, it had a net profit of Tk47 crores. Biman has also been carrying the bodies of expatriate Bangladeshis free of cost. It brought home bodies of 861 expatriates in the last fiscal year.