Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday inaugurated Sonar Tari and Awchin Pakhi, the fifth and sixth new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners of Biman Bangladesh Airlines.
Hasina commissioned the two aircrafts of the national flag carrier by cutting ribbons at the VVIP Tarmac of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in Dhaka in the morning.
After the inauguration, Hasina boarded and inspected the aircrafts and talked to the pilots and other crew members.
A prayer was offered on the occasion seeking peace, progress and prosperity for the nation.
Awchin Pakhi and Sonar Tori landed at the airport on December 24 and December 21 respectively from Seattle, the US.
With the addition of the two Dreamliners, the national flag carrier now has six such modern aircrafts and the Biman’s total aircraft fleet number stands at 18.
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has a total of 298 seats including 30 business class, 21 premium economy class and 247 economy class seats.
In September last, the prime minister disclosed her plan of purchasing two more Boeing 787 aircrafts while inducting Biman’s fourth Dreamliner Rajhangsa in the capital.
Biman’s first Dreamliner, Akash Beena, arrived in the country in August last year while the second one, Hangsabalaka, landed in December last.
The third Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, Gaangchil, arrived in Dhaka in July this year and the fourth one, Rajhangsa, in September.
In 2008, Biman signed a $2.1 billion agreement with Boeing to purchase 10 new aircrafts. As per the deal, Boeing has already delivered all the aircrafts — four 777-300ER’s, two 737-800’s and four Dreamliners — to Biman.
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