Montreal - Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the flag carrier of Bangladesh, has signed a purchase agreement with Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), a federal corporation mandated to promote international commerce on behalf of Canadian industry, for the purchase of three 74-seat Bombardier Q400NG.

According to the agreement, Biman will take possession of the Canadian turboprops between March and June 2020.

We are extremely pleased to be supporting Bombardier in selling their Q400 aircraft to Biman,
said Ian McLeod, Vice President at CCC Business Development and Sales.

Canada and Bangladesh have strong bilateral ties through trade and investment, cooperation, development and interpersonal relations,
he added.

According to Benoit Préfontaine, Canada's High Commissioner to Bangladesh, the agreement consolidates Canada's position as a major trading partner for Bangladesh.

Canada's trade relations with Bangladesh have grown considerably over the last ten years as both countries are members of the Commonwealth. The value of trade has reached 2.4 billion CAD in 2017 from 950 million CAD in 2008. Bangladesh is the second biggest destination for Canadian merchandise in South Asia, after India.

Biman Bangladesh Airlines operates a fleet of 10 aircraft including four Boeing B737-800, four B777-300 and two Q400 chartered to the Egyptian company Smart Aviation. From its main hub at Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, the airline serves 23 destinations, including 15 international destinations in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.