Senior Correspondent: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated ‘Gaangchil’, the third Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, setting up a new milestone for the national flag carrier.
The Prime Minister inaugurated it around 11.30am at the VVIP Terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA).
After the inauguration, Sheikh Hasina boarded and inspected inside the aircraft and talked to its pilots and other crew members.
A munajat was offered on the occasion, seeking continued peace, progress and prosperity of the nation.
State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mahbub Ali, Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary Mohibul Haque, Chairman of Board of Directors of Biman Air Marshal (retd) Muhammad Enamul Bari also spoke at the induction ceremony.
Managing Director and CEO of Biman Captain Farhat Hasan Jamil delivered the welcome address.
Ministers, advisers, parliament members and dignitaries were present at the function.
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R. Miller was also present at the ceremony.
Biman’s MD and CEO said ‘Gangchil’ will depart Dhaka for Abu Dhabi in its maiden flight at 5:30 pm today.
Gangchil, the 271-seat Boeing 787-8, has been designed as 20 percent fuel efficient carrier compared to the other aircraft.
The airliner has the capacity to fly 16 hours nonstop with an average speed of 650 miles per hour.
It provides its passengers with WiFi services at a height of 43,000 feet, allowing passengers to browse the internet or connect with their friends and family at any end of the world.
risingbd/Aug 22, 2019/Hasan/Mukul