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>BIMAN Bangladesh Airlines, the national flag carrier, today signed a deal on Saturday to buy eight aircraft from Boeing Co worth $1.265 billion.
“Senior officials of Biman and Boeing authorities have signed the deal at Biman’s headquarters in Dhaka today,” Mahbub Jamil, Chairman of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited, said.
Boeing had offered to supply eight planes — four Boeing 777-300 and four Boeing 787-8 by 2013 and 2017 respectively — to the Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited.
Biman will fund the purchase from its own resources and through bank loans.

Due to a shortage of funds and aircraft, Biman was forced to halt its flights to New York, Paris, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Brussels, Yangon and Mumbai in 2006.
Biman plans to lease a few aircraft to plug its scheduling gap before receiving the new planes from Boeing, said the chairman of the national airlines.
Sources said process for leasing the aircraft has already been started and couple of wide-body aircraft will soon join the fleet.
The loss-making airline is also reviewing a separate offer for planes from Europe’s Airbus. Airbus will make a presentation within the next few days, the sources added.

(Read Reuters report)


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