Biman to expand fleet to 50 aircraft by 203010th February 2020
Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the state owned carrier is set to expand its fleet to 50 aircraft within a decade riding on the success of the present fleet renewal program comprising of mostly Boeing aircraft.
The national carrier has a plan to acquire at least four more Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and two Boeing 777 with plans to establish connections from Japan to North America and increase flight frequencies of traditional routes in the Middle East and Chinese destinations shortly.
CEO of Biman Md Mokabbir Hossain indicated the airline is considering to purchase new aircraft from companies such as Airbus to replace the two Boeing 737’s whose lease expires this year.
The airline has leased six aircraft including two Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft, which are to be replaced this year by three Dash 8 Q400 aircraft in May-June.
Biman is also significantly investing on developing its engineering services with focus on commercialising their activities in order to serve other airlines which operate in Bangladeshi airports. To this end they have started a process to recruit additional manpower and acquire training on maintenance, repair and servicing of Airbus and Bombardier aircraft.
Biman became the first South Asian airliner to operate Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in 2019.