DHAKA, BANGLADESH — Biman Bangladesh Airlines is poised for a fleet modernization through a bilateral agreement between the Bangladeshi and UK governments, which focuses on an aviation partnership.

Salman Rahman, the Bangladeshi prime minister's investment adviser and a member of the country's parliament, states that this partnership will strengthen the aviation sector and lead to the "purchase [of] passenger and cargo aircraft from Airbus."

UK Department for Business and Trade Minister of State Dominic Johnson says the trade and investment pact demonstrates the UK's commitment to bolstering Bangladesh's aviation industry while creating jobs in both countries. Biman Bangladesh Airlines, which currently does not operate any Airbus aircraft, has a fleet comprising Boeing 787-8s, -9s, 777-300ERs, 737-800s, and De Havilland Dash 8-400s.

As Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed visits the UK and meets with her counterpart, Rishi Sunak, the Dhaka Tribune reports that an Airbus agreement for Biman is likely to cover 10 aircraft, including eight passenger models and two freighters.