Garuda to buy new Airbus and Boeing aircraft

16 Jun 2015 by Clement Huang

Garuda Indonesia has been making the rounds at the Paris Air Show this past week, and has announced that it intends to partner with both Airbus and Boeing to buy 30 A350 XWBs, 30 B787-9s and up to 30 B737 MAX 8 aircraft.

"The agreements are part of Garuda Indonesia's revitalisation program in order to provide our passengers with the best possible experience with the youngest fleet in the sky and to support the airline's future plan to further expand its network globally,” said Arif Wibowo, president and chief executive of the Indonesian carrier.

Arif Wibowo, CEO of Garuda Indonesia (standing at right with Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier)

The Indonesian flag carrier also confirmed that it plans on using the fuel-efficient A350 and B787-9 aircraft on its medium and long-haul routes.

“With its reduced fuel consumption, range capability and extra wide cabin, the A350 XWB will be one of the options for us to reposition ourselves as a leading premium carrier in the competitive long haul market out of Asia”, said Wibowo.

The A350 XWB has been particularly successful in the Asia-Pacific market, where airlines have ordered a total of 244 aircraft, representing almost a third of total A350 orders recorded worldwide.

A350 XWB

B787-9 and B737 MAX 8

Meanwhile, the narrowbody B737s will be used to operate the carrier’s regional flights within Southeast Asia. With close to 600 daily flights and a fleet with the average age of less than five years, Garuda Indonesia has transformed into an award-winning carrier over the years, and is a valued member of Skyteam.

When asked about the B787 and B737, Wilbowo commented that both planes were “extraordinary” and offered “exceptional economics that will keep us competitive and bring a new level of service excellence for our customers.” 

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