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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged Biman Bangladesh Airlines to improve the quality of passenger service while inaugurating two more new aircraft to the country’s fleet.
Noting that 16 new aircraft have been procured and added to the fleet since she came to power, the Prime Minister said, “We have a total of 21 aircraft now. I urge everyone to keep these safe and pay special attention to passenger service.”
“I would like to urge all those involved with Biman Bangladesh Airlines that this is our country, we have liberated this country in exchange for the blood of millions of martyrs,” she said at the inaugural ceremony of two new Dash 8Q-400 aircraft – “Akashtari” and “Shwetbalaka” on Sunday morning. Therefore, it is the responsibility and duty of all to brighten the image of this country.
The Prime Minister said the more the country develops or becomes more economically self-sufficient, the more we can improve passenger services, the more the country will benefit. The people of the country will benefit and our country will move forward even more. Therefore, you will fulfil the responsibility entrusted to you by protecting it – that is what I want.
The Prime Minister participated in the main event held in the VIP lounge of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport via video conference from her official Ganobhaban residence.
Mentioning that Wi-Fi technology has been added to our new aircraft, she said, “Those who travel by air do not have to sit idle, they can also do business while travelling. We have created that opportunity.”
Sheikh Hasina said Biman Bangladesh Airlines represents Bangladesh when it travels abroad. That is why we have always tried to build this aircraft so that we can build it well.
Highlighting the capacity of the aircraft, she said Biman earlier used to rent aircraft to carry hajj pilgrims but now takes them by own aircrafts.
The premier said the government currently was constructing the third terminal at Shahjalal International Airport which would be ultramodern in type to handle wide-bodied planes in the country and improve passenger services.
Referring to the steps taken by the Awami League government to improve the air communication system, the Prime Minister said that after the BNP-Jamaat coalition government came to power in 2001, Rajshahi Airport, Barisal Airport and Syedpur Airport were about to close. We run them again after we came to the government in 2009. The government is improving Syedpur Airport, Chattogram and Rajshahi, Barishal all the airports have been opened as well as Cox’s Bazar Airport has started to develop as an advanced and international airport.
She also hoped that Cox’s Bazar Airport would play a very important role in the international air route and through this Bangladesh would be benefited financially.
State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md Mahbub Ali chaired the ceremony, conducted by Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus while Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary Md. Mokammel Hossain delivered the welcome address.
A documentary on Dash 8-Q400 aircraft and Biman was also screened at the function.
Biman procured three Dash 8-Q400 aircraft under the G2G (government-to-government) agreement between Bangladesh and Canadian governments.
With the addition of these two new Dash planes, the number of Biman’s aircraft now stood at 21. The fleet included four Boeing 777-300ER, four Boeing 787-8, two Boeing 787-9, six Boeing 737 and three Dash 8-Q400.
The national flag carrier received the Dash 8-Q400 aircraft from Canada’s prominent aircraft-maker De Havilland Aircraft.
The first Dash 8-Q400 aircraft arrived in Bangladesh on November 24 last year, the second one on February 24 and the third one on March 4.
Sheikh Hasina herself named these as “Akash Tari”, Shwetbalaka” and “Dhrubotara”.
The other brand new aircrafts included by the government has been named as Palki, Arun Alo, Akash Pradip, Raanga Pravat, Meghdoot, Mayurpankhi, Akash Beena, Hongshobalaka, Gangchil, Achin Pakhi and Sonar Tori in accordance with country’s nature.
Equipped with eco-friendly and state-of-the-art facilities, the Dash 8-Q400 aircrafts have HEPA filter technology which completely purifies the air inside the aircraft by destroying bacteria, viruses and other germs in just 4 minutes that makes the passengers’ journey more refreshing and safe.
The aircrafts also have more leg space, LED lighting and wide windows to make travel more comfortable and enjoyable.