Key Points:

  • Bangladesh's vision for 2041 involves a comprehensive expansion of its aviation sector, with new routes and an advanced international terminal at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

  • Airbus, a leading European aircraft manufacturer, is collaborating with Bangladesh to meet this vision, with interest expressed in acquiring 10 A350 aircraft.

  • The partnership isn't merely transactional; Airbus is committed to the long-term growth and development of Bangladesh's aviation sector.

Bangladesh collaborates with Airbus to propel its aviation sector

Bangladesh and Airbus Forge a New Aviation Partnership

DHAKA — With a future-oriented vision set for 2041, labeled "Smart Bangladesh," the nation is positioning itself for a substantial expansion in its aviation domain. The recent construction of a state-of-the-art international terminal at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport exemplifies this commitment. In a significant move, a collaboration between Airbus, Europe's premier aircraft manufacturer, and the Bangladesh government was cemented in May, DhakaTribune reports.

Sealing the Deal with Airbus

During his inaugural visit to Bangladesh in September, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed gratitude towards the nation for placing its trust in Airbus. The sentiment echoed Bangladesh's inclination to procure 10 wide-bodied A350 aircraft, inclusive of two freight variants. Notably, wide-bodied planes are characterized by their dual passenger aisles, capable of seating seven or more passengers in a row.

Juan Camilo Rodríguez, a senior representative at Airbus, emphasized the brand's commitment to sustainable aerospace and noted that the trajectory of Bangladeshi aviation essentially began in Toulouse, Airbus's headquarters. With an anticipated global requirement for over 40,000 new passenger and cargo aircraft in the coming two decades, Asia-Pacific (excluding China) alone will contribute to a demand of 9,500, including 2,000 wide-bodied aircrafts.

Bangladesh: A Beacon of Economic Growth

Morad Bourouffala, another spokesperson for Airbus, highlighted Bangladesh's ascent as a robust economy, ranking 34th globally as of the previous year. He sees tremendous potential, considering the nation's economic trajectory coupled with its sizable population. Significantly, Airbus's commitment to Bangladesh predates the recent agreements. As early as 2020, Airbus initiated an agreement with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Aviation and Aerospace University to offer superior training in piloting and maintenance engineering.

With a clear intent to nurture the Bangladeshi aviation sector, Airbus's venture into this market stands in contrast to the current influence of Boeing Company. The new-generation Airbus aircraft promises benefits like 25% less fuel consumption compared to predecessors, offering Bangladeshi carriers a competitive edge. Antonio da Costa, from Airbus, envisions Bangladesh evolving into a significant aviation hub, capitalizing on its strategic geographical location in Asia.

The Competitive Edge: Airbus's A350

Airbus's A350 aircraft, since its debut flight on June 14, 2013, has marked its presence with 552 planes across 1,071 routes globally. The aircraft is undergoing continuous refinements to enhance its performance. Key attributes include weight reduction, improved takeoff weight, and a cargo door that's 17% wider than its competitors. Additionally, Airbus's commitment to sustainability is evident in its claim of the lowest CO2 emissions per trip.

Airbus's rich heritage stems from its origins in France, one of its four founding nations. Today, as a multinational entity employing approximately 134,000 individuals worldwide, Airbus's operations span continents.

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