Biman Bangladesh Airlines has been identified as a customer for 10 Airbus A350s per French President Emmanual Macron.
The President generally announced that Bangladesh had committed to 10 aircraft, with officials later confirming it was for the national carrier and the A350.
At the moment, the deal is still being finalised. However, a commitment to the series is a landmark moment for the country and airline that sees a shift from its typical Boeing trend.
After nearly two decades away, Biman Bangladesh only recently revealed it was seeking a return to the United States, targeting New York JFK in what was described as a risky move that still needs to be approved.
Away from this, further expansion into the U.S. once an initial route from Dhaka can be granted is eyed. Additionally, an order for the A350 to work with the 787 and 777s would greatly expand the network elsewhere.
It is important to note that per the Bangladesh junior minister for civil aviation, the ten aircraft will be delivered in what is labelled as phases. The airline is still finalising a pathway for introducing these aircraft to ensure long-term success.
The airline believes that growth in its fleet will be essential if it wants to cement itself as a leading choice and grow the Bangladesh aviation sector. However, doing so measuredly is equally necessary so that the expansion and growth don’t negatively impact the business.