Biman Bangladesh Airlines plans to resume flights from Dhaka to New York in coming months as four B787s are due to join the carrier's fleet, beginning with one in August and another in November 2018, followed by the remaining two in September 2019.

The aircraft are part of a US$2.1 billion purchase agreement with Boeing from 2008, which included four previously delivered B777-300ERs and two B737-800s.

The B787 Dreamliners will seat 271 passengers, with 24 in business class.

The flights to New York require Bangladesh to obtain a “Category 1” rating from the Federal Aviation Administration, as the country is currently at “Category 2”.

Previous flights to New York ceased in 1996, following the downgrade.

Additional routes to be operated with the B787s include Guangzhou, Colombo, Male, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Manchester, Rome, and Sydney.