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‘Rajhangsha’ to be inaugurated Saturday

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 02:24 PM, 10 September 2019   Updated: 05:00 PM, 11 September 2019

Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner ‘Rajhangsha’

Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner ‘Rajhangsha’

Biman Bangladesh Airlines is going to add the fourth and last Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, ‘Rajhangsha’, to its fleet. The aircraft is scheduled to land at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 4:30 pm on Thursday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the Dreamliner on Saturday morning. 

Biman’s deputy general manager (public relations) Tahera Khondokar said that ‘Rajhangsha’ would be welcomed with a water cannon salute after landing at the airport on Thursday afternoon. With the inclusion of the new aircraft, the number of aircraft of the national airlines would be 16. A delegation of Biman Bangladesh Airlines has reached at the Boeing Company's Delivery and Operations Center in Seattle to bring the aircraft home. Senior officials of Biman will welcome the Dreamliner. 

In 2008, Biman Bangladesh struck a deal to purchase 10 aircraft from US aircraft manufacturer Boeing. Of these, Biman has already received four new Boeing 777-300ERs, two 737-800s, and three 787-8 Dreamliner.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has chosen the names of four Dreamliner as ‘Akash Beena’, ‘Hansabalaka’, ‘Gangchil’ and ‘Rajhangsha’. 

‘Rajhangsha’ has 271 seats - 24 business class and 247 economy class ones. The business class seats can be flattened to 180 degrees straight. Passengers will receive modern facilities, including the internet and mobile phone calls.