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Third terminal at Dhaka airport on cards

37Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday asked all the officials and employees of Biman Bangladesh Airlines to take good care of the national airlines and ensure better passenger service so that everybody can feel proud of it as a national flag carrier, reports UNB.
“I will  ask those working at Biman to keep in mind that through Biman you are not only making your livelihood, but it’s also a symbol representing the country…it’s (Biman) your airlines and you must nurture it and develop it which will bring betterment for yourselves.  It will be embarrassing for you in case of its degradation,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina was addressing a function marking the induction of two more new generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft- ‘Meghdoot’ and ‘Moyurpankhi’—to Biman at the VVIP Terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
With the induction of the two new aircraft, the total number of Biman’ s own Boeing aircraft now rose to six.
The Prime Minister said the inauguration of the two 162-seat aircraft ‘Meghdoot’ and ‘Moyurpanki’ to Biman fleet will help give a boost to the country’s aviation industry through operating flights on domestic and also to neighbouring countries. “It will brighten Biman’s image abroad.”
She said the government has taken a plan for the construction of the third terminal at Dhaka airport, expansion of its runways, increasing the parking facility and upgrading gradation of the of the aviation services.
To make Biman more profitable, the Prime Minister said, arrangements for cargo services should be ensured alongside providing necessary security while there is a need for procuring more modern equipment.
She said the aim of her government is to further strengthen the national flag carrier alongside increasing and improving its passenger services so that the Bangalees living across the world can choose this airline.
The Prime Minister said Syedpur Airport can be established as a regional airport enabling the neighbouring countries to use it.
“We are inducting newer aircraft and you have to protect and maintain those so that the reputation of Biman remains intact…we want you all to work sincerely so that the pace of development continues,” she added.
Hasina said, “Biman is not only an air transport company, but it also carries our national flag and represents the country abroad. Our honour and dignity is related with it.”
All the six Boeing aircraft were procured directly from the US aircraft manufacturer during the tenure of the present government.
Two 419 seated aircraft ‘Pulki’ and ‘Arun Alo’-were procured in 2011 while ‘Akash Pradip’ and ‘Ranga Probhat’ procured in 2013 to operate flights on long route international flights. ‘Meghdoot’ and Moyurpankhi will fly on domestic and short distance international routes.
The newly procured two Boeing of 737-800 model are installed with two CFM 56-7B having 12 business class seats and 150 seats of economy class. The aircraft are installed with most modern inflight entertainment system from Rockwell-Collins. Civil Aviation and Tourism Rashed Khan Menon was present at the function as a special guest.
Chairman of Biman Board of Directors Air Marshal Jamal Uddin (retd), Civil Aviation Secretary M Khurshid Alam Chowdhury, Charge de Affaires of the US embassy David Meale, representative of Boeing Company Savitha Gowda and acting managing director of Biman M Asaduzzaman also spoke on the occasion.