The order makes Garuda Indonesia a new A320-family customer and covers 15 standard A320s and 10 A320neos for operation by the carrier's low-cost unit...

Garuda Indonesia has finalised an order with Airbus for the purchase of 25 A320-family aircraft, firming up a memorandum of understanding announced during the Paris Air Show in June.

The order makes Garuda Indonesia a new Airbus A320-family customer and covers 15 standard A320s and 10 A320neos for operation by the carrier’s low-cost unit Citilink. The airline will announce its engine selection for the aircraft in the near future, according to Airbus.

“This order will ensure that Citilink is equipped to realize its full potential,” says Emirsyah Satar, president & CEO of Garuda Indonesia. “We are confident that these modern, eco-efficient aircraft will enable us to win an important share of the fast-growing budget market in Indonesia, while providing our passengers with a high-quality product.”

Garuda Indonesia's low-cost unit Citilink will eventually operate 10 Airbus A320neo jets, as a result of an order finalized by Garuda on August 9, 2011 for 15 A320s and 10 A320neos. All will be operated by Citilink

Nearly 7,700 A320-family aircraft have already been ordered and more than 4,700 delivered to more than 330 customers and operators worldwide. Airbus says the A320neo will have over 95 per cent airframe commonality with the existing models, enabling it to fit seamlessly into existing A320-family fleets.

Featuring new-generation engines and new wing-tip devices called “sharklets”, the A320neo will offer 15 per cent in fuel savings and additional payload or range capability compared with existing A320s, according to Airbus.

The manufacturer says the fuel savings will represent some 3,600 tonnes less CO2 per aircraft, per year. In addition, the A320neo will provide a double-digit-percentage reduction in emissions of oxides of nitrogen, and reduced engine noise.