PARIS- The junior minister for civil aviation in Bangladesh, Mahbub Ali, informed Reuters on Monday, 19 June 2023, that Biman Bangladesh Airlines, a state-owned carrier, has decided to buy ten aircraft from Airbus. This marks a shift from their predominantly Boeing fleet.
“As per our requirement, the decision has been taken to purchase ten Airbus aircraft in phases. The technical committee is assessing now,” Mahbub Ali, junior minister for civil aviation in Bangladesh, said.
This announcement follows reports that the airline is nearing a deal to procure ten Airbus A350 widebody planes. Which would be their first order from the French aircraft manufacturer.
It’s still uncertain whether the agreement will be finalized in time for the Paris Airshow, which is set to begin on Monday, 19 June 2023. Airbus and Biman have not provided any official comments regarding the matter.
Biman Bangladesh to Purchase 10 Airbus A350
According to Ali, each country has a fleet that includes both Boeing and Airbus. However, our fleet does not include any Airbus planes. The airline wants to decrease its reliance on Boeing, which right now fulfills most of the orders for widebody aircraft and is the largest U.S. aircraft manufacturer.
This 51-year-old airline operates a fleet of more than 20 aircraft, primarily consisting of Boeing planes, with over half of them being widebodies. Additionally, they have several Dash-8 turboprops.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines demand more widebody planes since travel is experiencing a significant post-pandemic recovery. Biman Bangladesh Airlines offers nonstop flight service to twenty different locations across the world, including Canada, Malaysia, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom.
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