Biman Bangladesh Airlines has plans to restart service to New York with the delivery of their new Boeing 787 Dreamliners. One Dreamliner is expected to be delivered in August 2018 and a second will come in November 2018; the remaining two will be delivered in September of 2019.
In order for Biman Bangladesh Airlines to fly to New York, its home country, Bangladesh, needs to obtain a “Category 1” classification from the US’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The country is currently at “Category 2”. This means that Bangladesh doesn’t currently meet some or all of the safety standards imposed by the FAA and needs to improve its safety standing before air travel between the US and Bangladesh can be established.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines dropped service to New York in 1996, when Bangladesh’s safety standing was downgraded.
The airline’s 787s are part of a USD$2.1 billion purchase agreement with Boeing in 2008. The order also included four Boeing 777-300ERs and two 737-800s, all of which have been delivered. The new Dreamliners will seat 271 passengers, including 24 in Business Class.
In addition to New York, Biman Bangladesh Airlines is considering serving Guangzhou, Colombo, Male, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Manchester, Rome, and Sydney with its Dreamliners.
Featured image by Severin H. via JetPhotos