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Friday, March 2, 2012
Garuda to Increase Its Aircraft Numbers
shareholders have approved a motion to buy 97 new aircraft by 2016, a huge jump
over the 36 planes it was originally planning to add to its fleet.
Under the expansion program, Garuda will purchase 20
Boeing B737-800NGs, 24 Airbus A330-200s, 25 five narrow-bodied aircraft for
Garuda Citilink, and 18 sub-100 seat aircraft. An original order for 10
Boeing B777-300ERs for longhaul operations will remain or switch to other
Garuda vice president corporate communications Pujobroto
said: “Garuda earlier announced through the Quantum Leap Program that it
would operate 154 aircraft by 2015.”
“With the new fleet expansion programme, Garuda will operate
194 aircraft comprising of 24 A330s, nine B777s, 85 B737-800NGs, 50 A320s for
Citilink, 25 Sub-100s and three freighters by 2015.”
According to Pujobroto, the enhanced fleet expansion was in
anticipation of significant increases in airline passengers, both domestically
“It is also part of Garuda’s efforts to boost efficiency, as
the new aircraft are more fuel-efficient and environment friendly," he
explained. "Their maintenance cost is also lower."