Biman Bangladesh Airlines has ordered two Boeing
787-9 aircraft, valued at $585 million at list prices.
The purchase complements Biman's fleet of 787-8
jets, with the larger and longer-range 787-9 variant.
"One of our key priorities is to have a modern
fleet with technologically-advanced airplanes that will enable us
to expand our international reach," said Air Marshal Muhammad
Enamul Bari, Former Chief of Air Staff, Chairman Board of
Directors, Biman Bangladesh Airlines. "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
The 787-9 is part of a three-member family that
offers long range and unmatched fuel efficiency in the 200 to 350
For Biman Bangladesh, the 787-9 can carry 298
passengers in a standard three-class configuration and fly up to
7,530 nautical miles (13,950 kms) while reducing fuel use and
emissions by up to 25 percent compared to older airplanes.
"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," said Stan Deal, president and chief executive officer,
Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
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.