Double deal for Dreamliners kicks off orders at Dubai Airshow

Biman Bangladesh places order for two 787-9s as Ethiopian Airlines and Saudia sign service agreements
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Biman Bangladesh Airlines’ deal for two 787-9 Dreamliners on Sunday marked the first set of large orders at this year’s Dubai Airshow.

The deal, worth $585 million at list prices, was struck back in October but only unveiled at the show yesterday.

The new longer-range Dreamliners add to Biman’s fleet of 787-8s and will help to modernise the carrier’s fleet.

Muhammad Enamul Bari, chairman of Biman, said that one of the carrier’s key priorities is to develop a fleet that will allow it to expand its international reach.

“While we have a good domestic network, we plan to extend our international network to include more destinations in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.”

Stan Deal, president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said that the 787-8 was serving as a “market-opener”.

Boeing also signed service agreements with Ethiopian Airlines and Saudia on the first day of the show.

Ethiopian’s deal will see Boeing modify the airline’s Dreamliner fleet and provide engineering, design and project management, along with on-site technical assistance and training to Ethiopian’s in-house MRO teams.

Saudia’s five-year digital navigation charting service renewal agreement includes Boeing’s electronic flight bag solution, Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro, which provides service for the airline’s main line and private aviation operations.

Elsewhere at the show, Elin Group signed a deal for three De Havilland Dash 8-400s.

“The Dash 8-400 aircraft’s speed, comfort and versatility superbly meet our requirements as we look at opportunities to support Nigeria’s resource sector, particularly for oil and gas operations,” said Caroline Pritheesh, managing director of Elin Group.

Other deals on Sunday included low-cost carrier SalamAir lease two A321neos from GECAS and Air Peace order three E190s from Embraer.

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