Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the country’s national flag carrier, has been part of the aviation market since its launch in 1972 and in June this year, the company celebrated its 46th anniversary. The airline has grown over the years and has managed to maintain its competitiveness despite the dynamic business environment in the aviation industry. Biman Bangladesh entered 2018 with positivity and an expectation of the delivery of its four Boeing 787 Dreamliners on order.
The first of the aircraft has now been prepared and is to officially become part of Biman Bangladesh Airlines’ fleet during August 2018.
The Biman Bangladesh Dreamliner
The Biman Bangladesh Dreamliner is on display at 2018’s Farnborough International Airshow, where visitors will have access to the plane. The first 787 aircraft order placed by the airline took place in 2008 but deliveries were then postponed until 2017. The first of the Dreamliners is to receive a registration of S2-AJS and is powered by General Electric GEnx.
The 787-8 Dreamliner is the smallest of them all and provides a total seating capacity of 271 seats, with 24 business class seats, along with a range of 7,355 nautical miles and was first launched in 2011. The seating arrangement in Biman Bangladesh’ Dreamliner is 2-2-2 in Business Class and 3-3-3 in Economy Class. In-flight technological advancements and entertainment systems guarantee Biman Bangladesh’s passengers a comfortable and memorable experience while travelling.
The aircraft is great for accessing markets, where larger planes will not see profitability in operating.
The Carrier’s Plans for the New Aircraft
Biman Bangladesh’s idea is to replace part of its older aircraft with the modern 787-8 Dreamliner, which will significantly improve the company’s economics. The first two destinations for the Dreamliner have now been announced by the carrier and include Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. The existing network of the carrier is quite limited and industry experts have shared their thoughts that the Biman Bangladesh 787 cannot be fully exploited at this stage.
Although the airplane is able to fly non-stop for a long period of time, it is most likely that passengers will continue traveling with the carrier within Bangladesh. Currently, the network operated by Biman Bangladesh consists of 15 international and 7 domestic airports.
Further expansion to destinations such as London Heathrow and Dhaka are on the menu as the new 787-8 Dreamliner will have the full ability to operate the potential 11 hours flights. Other logical destinations to be introduced include New York City or other regions across the East and West Coasts of the US. Depending on the long-term strategy and vision of the carrier and its leaders, Biman Bangladesh is yet to plan out its next steps as it will soon be equipped with a powerful aircraft that can significantly improve the carrier’s positions in the market and bring it forward as a key player in the aviation industry.