Industry Biman Bangladesh signs purchase agreement for three Q400
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and Biman Bangladesh Airlines have announced, that the carrier has ordered three Q400 turboprop aircraft.
A purchase agreement was signed with the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC). According to current list prices, the deal is valued at approximately US$106 million.
François Cognard, VP, Sales, Asia Pacific at Bombardier commented: “We are very pleased that Biman is expanding its Q400 fleet with this order for three new aircraft.”
Cognard added, that Biman will put the greater seating and cargo capacity of the aircraft to good use. He said, that the Q400 would suite Biman´s short and long-range routes well with its jet like performance.
Mr. A M Mosaddique Ahmed, Managing Director and CEO, Biman Bangladesh Airlines said: “We are very excited about adding these Q400s to our fleet. We currently operate two Q400s and without hesitation, we can say that these aircraft are ideal for our domestic and regional operations [...] With its outstanding economics, comfort and operational flexibility, the Q400 will allow us to offer high frequency services within Bangladesh and neighbouring countries.”
“Canada and Bangladesh enjoy strong bi-lateral ties through trade and investment, development cooperation, and people-to-people links. Increasing the capacity of the national carrier supports these efforts and the economic growth of the country; improving their lives of Bangladeshis by increasing their access to domestic and international destinations,” stated Ian McLeod, Vice-President of Business Development and Sales for the Canadian Commercial Corporation.
Recently, Bombardier announced, that its 90-seat Q400 has received a certificate by Canadian authorities. With the new cabin, Bombardier will allow 90 passengers to fit in the cabin, making the Q400 the first production turboprop aircraft in the world with that capacity.
Biman Bangladesh is the national flag carrier airline of Bangladesh. From its hubs at Dhaka and Chittagong, the carrier flies to 13 countries and 24 destinations. Its fleet consists of four Boeing B737 Next Gen., four B777-300ER and one B787 Dreamliner. Biman also operates two Dash Q400, especially on regional routes.
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