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PM inaugurates Biman’s “dreamliner”

Published on: 5:47 pm - Wednesday | September 5, 2018

 Currentnews.com.bd

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday commissioned Bangladesh Biman’s first ever “Dreamliner”, a state-of-the art aircraft of US-based multinational Boeing company, asking the operators of the national flag carrier to enhance their reputation offering better services.

“I want you to work with utmost sincerity so that the organisation (Biman) doesn’t earn any bad name and Bangladesh’s reputation remains upheld,” the premier told the commissioning ceremony of the craft, which she herself named “Akashbeena”.

Sheikh Hasina asked the Biman staff to particularly give proper attention so the foreign, local passengers and expatriates Bangladeshis could quickly complete their immigration formalities and get luggage.

“The process will have to be expedited by using modern technology so the passengers could quickly leave the airport,” she said and simultaneously asked all concerned to give more importance to aviation and airport security issues.

The prime minister herself chose the name for the 271-seat Boeing 787-8, a long-haul, mid-size wide-body, twin-engine jet airline.

The Boeing company described the aircraft to have “unparalleled fuel efficiency and range flexibility” offering its passengers “an experience like none other in the air, with more comfort and less fatigue”.

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister AKM Shahjahan Kamal was present at the function as the special guest held at the VVIP Terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, reports BSS.

Chairman of Biman’s Board of Director Air Marshal (retd) Muhammad Enamul Bari and Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary Md Mohibul Haque also spoke at the function, while Biman Managing Director and CEO AM Mosaddique Ahmed delivered the welcome address.

Ministers, PM’s advisers, parliament members, the chiefs of three services, foreign diplomats and high civil and military officials were present on the occasion.

The prime minister said some countries had imposed sanction on the Shahjalal International Airport on security grounds. “But they have withdrawn it following the development of security system,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh achieved independence through the liberation war. “We want to live and move with honour and dignity that were lost after the assassination of Bangabandhu in 1975,” she added.

The premier said her government is working to achieve the goal of building a hunger and poverty-free prosperous and developed Bangladesh. “We’ve already proved that development of the country is possible if work is done sincerely,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said democratic trend in the country is continuing and it is advancing towards development. “Bangladesh is now a role model of development in the world and we’ve taken the country forward further by upholding the recognition,” she said.

The prime minister said Bangladesh will celebrate the golden jubilee of its independence in 2021. “We’ve set a goal of celebrating the occasion in the light of seventh five-year plan and the 10-year perspective plan,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said the government has set a target of establishing Bangladesh as a developed and prosperous one by 2041. “Besides, we’re working on 100 years delta plan with a goal that how Bangladesh will be developed and prosperous in 2100,” she said.

Noting that no country could achieve its goal without setting a target, the premier said there will not be a single people to remain hungry in 2041.

“We conquered the hunger and reduced the poverty and it will come down further … every person will grow up based on modern education and knowledge,” she said.

The prime minister said the people of the country have learned to move keeping their head high. “None will be able to suppress them Insha Allah. Bangladesh is moving and it will advance further,” she added.

“We’ve taken plan in such a way so that Bangladesh’s advancement and progress continue,” she said, seeking cooperation of all in this regard,” she said.Pointing out that improved connectivity is very important for any country, the prime minister said her government after assuming office made massive development of country’s all airports including the premier Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

She said it was her government which set up boarding bridge in the Shahjalal Airport and developed the car parking zone in 1996.

Awami League government turned Chattagram and Sylhet Airports as international ones, Sheikh Hasina said, adding that but the condition of Biman aircraft was dilapidated and its services dropped drastically after the BNP-Jamaat alliance came to the power.

The prime minister said when her government assumed office in 2009, it found Biman at the verge of breaking down. Rundown aircraft fleet, schedule failure and endless complains were the routine of those days, she said.

To tackle this disaster, she said, the government implemented a planned course of action and began work with a renewed enthusiasm.

The premier said she instructed the Biman Board of Directors to build Biman as a modern airline.

In that chronology, Sheikh Hasina said, five aircrafts – Palki, Arun Alo, Akaashpradip, Rangaprobhat, Meghdoot and Mayurpankhi – were added.

“These large and most advanced aircrafts are a wonder of the sky which have enhanced Biman to the equals of internal standard airline,” she said.

The premier said at the same time to increase the domestic connectivity, the government has made a purchase agreement to acquire another three Dash-8 Bombardier aircrafts with Canada.

“I’m hopeful, with the addition of new aircrafts to the fleet, Biman will keep on flying to new destinations and the Biman management is working towards that goal,” she said.

Recalling the voyage of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the premier said it came into being holding the hands of Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. “Bangabandhu, Bangladesh and Biman are stringed together,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said the people of a free Bangladesh looked up into the sky and dreamt of an airline of their own and Bangabandhu made the dream into reality.

“Biman took form within the first 19 days of our independence and the history of Biman and the freedom of our nation go hand in hand,” she said.

Later, the Prime Minister cut a cake, boarded the aircraf and visited its different sections.

Officials said Biman signed a $2.1 billion deal to buy four 787 Dreamliners and six other aircraft with US planemaker Boeing in 2008.

The first Dreamliner arrived on August 19, while another is expected to arrive in November this year and the two others in September next year, Biman spokesman Shakil Meraj said.

The airliner has the capacity to fly 16 hours nonstop with an average speed of 650 miles per hour, according to Biman officials.

The 271-seat Boeing 787-8 has been designed to be 20 percent fuel efficient than the other aircrafts.

It will provide its passengers with WiFi facilities at an altitude of 43,000 feet, allowing passengers to browse internet or connect with their
friends and family at any end of the world.

The Dreamliner will add to the passengers’ safe journey and drive Biman’s profits, Biman Managing Director and CEO AM Mosaddique Ahmed said.

He said the Dreamliner will fly to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur every day of the week, with flights to Singapore in the morning and Kuala Lumpur later in the evening.

After adding the Dreamliner, Biman officials said, the national flag carrier has 15 aircraft in its fleet, which would enable Biman to enter a new era of modern aviation.

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