DHAKA, Water cannons spouted as the wheels of Biman Bangladesh Airlines third brand new Boeing 7878, known as the 'Dreamliner' touched down on the tarmac at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here this afternoon.
The new aircraft named 'Gaangchil' landed at HISA directly from the USA's Seattle's Boeing Factory at 5.04 pm this afternoon, Biman's spokesperson Tahera Khandaker told BSS.
Biman's Managing director and CEO Captain Farhat Hasan Jamil along with other high officials received the Dreamliner at the airport after welcoming it by a water cannon salute as the 15th aircraft to the national flag carrier, the spokesperson said.
It is expected that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who named all the Dreamliners, will inaugurate the 3rd Boeing 7878 on August 7, Biman's sources said.
Earlier, the first Dreamliner Boeing 7878, named as Akash Beena, arrived here on August last year while the second one known as Hangsabalaka arrived in December last.
In 2008, Biman Bangladesh Airlines signed a US$2.1 billion agreement with Boeing to purchase 10 new aircrafts.
Of those, Boeing has already delivered four 777300ER's and two 737800's and three Dreamliner to Biman.
The fourth Dreamliner Rajhangsha, the last one of the 10th new aircraft, will be added to the Biman's fleet in September next.
Gangchil, the 271seat Boeing 7878, has been designed as 20 percent fuel efficient carrier compared to the other aircrafts. 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.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)