Wed, Apr 23, 2008
Order Includes Purchase Rights For Another Eight Planes
Biman Bangladesh Airlines and Boeing announced Tuesday the
airline's order for four 777-300ER and four 787-8 Dreamliner
aircraft, during a signing ceremony in the Bangladeshi capital of
Biman Bangladesh Airlines, which began as a government-owned
national carrier in 1972, became Bangladesh's largest public
limited company in 2007. The order for new Boeing airplanes
represents a major step forward in the airline's reorganization and
growth plans. The airline also has purchase rights for four 777s
and four 787s.
"Clearly, Biman needs modern, fuel-efficient and reliable
airplanes to move forward with our expansion and better serve our
country's growing travel needs," said Dr. M. A. Momen, Biman's
managing director. "Our competitive assessment of both the
777-300ER and the 787-8 Dreamliner was extensive and has led to our
making the very best decision based on our own defined operational
parameters. We have selected the best airplanes to fulfill our
mission requirements - and that mission is the continued growth and
success of Biman Bangladesh Airlines."
Biman currently connects Bangladesh with 18 countries around the
world, and has agreements in place that will allow it to serve a
total of 42 countries as it implements its growth plan.
"It's always rewarding for us to work directly with an airline
on a plan for success," said Marty Bentrott, Boeing Commercial
Airplanes vice president of Sales for the Middle East and Africa.
"The 777-300ER and 787-8 provide seamless operational compatibility
that will offer Biman greater flexibility and more opportunity to
institute route planning and fleet operations that have a positive
impact to its bottom line."
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