‘Gangchil’ joining Biman fleet after Hangsabalaka
The third Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft ‘Gangchil’ will join Biman Bangladesh Airlines fleet on July 24.
The new aircraft will take off from Seattle, USA to Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on july, 23.
Shakil Meraj, former general manager (public relations) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina named four dreamliners as ‘Akashbeena’, ‘Hangsabalaka’, ‘Gangchil’ and ‘Rajhangsa’.
‘Akashbeena’ and ‘Hangsabalaka’ are already on service of the national flag carrier.
The Dreamliners are part of a $2.1 billion order for 10 aircraft signed between Biman Bangladesh and Boeing in 2008.
Already 8 aircraft have joined Biman Bangladesh and the last dreamliner will arrive on this September.
Biman officials said the aircraft has 271 seats including 24 business class and 247 economy class seats.
The Biman officials claimed that business class seats can be flattened as 180 degrees straight.
The aircraft is capable of flying 16 hours straight, and requires 20 percent less fuel to operate than other planes.
Civil Aviation Secretary Mohibul Haque said the addition of new aircraft will make possible to introduce new routes for Biman along with increased quality of passenger service.
The number of flights will be increased in the current routes after the addition of ‘Gangchil’, Mohibul Haque added.