Biman Bangladesh Airlines on Sunday resumed its direct Dhaka-Manchester-Dhaka flight with the newly purchased Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner after more than seven years as its 17th route.
State minister for civil aviation and tourism M Mahbub Ali inaugurated the flight at a ceremony and saw the passengers off at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in Dhaka.
Biman’s Manchester flight, operated by the Sonar Tori Dreamliner took off from the HSIA with 269 passengers at about 12:55pm.
Biman will operate the flight to Manchester, Britain’s major north-western city that is home to approximately 90,000 expatriate Bangladeshis, every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.
Civil aviation and tourism secretary M Mohibul Haque, Biman board chairman Air Marshal (retd) M Enamul Bari, Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) chairman Air Vice-Marshal M Mofidur Rahman and Biman managing director and CEO M Mokabbir Hossain also spoke at the inaugural ceremony.
The state minister said that the government has been purchasing brand new aircrafts and opening new routes to upgrade the standard of the national flag carrier.
‘We have also taken various measures to improve services of Biman Bangladesh Airlines to customers,’ Ali said.
Pointing that Biman had begun to make profits again, Mohibul said, ‘Today, we resumed one of Biman’s discontinued routes. We will soon resume the New York flight and open the Toronto flight as well.’
Biman temporarily suspended its Dhaka-Manchester route in September, 2012 due to a shortage of aircrafts.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has a total 298 seats, including 30 business class, 21 premium economy class and 247 economy class seats.
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