Garuda Indonesia, the national carrier of Indonesia, has signed a new firm order for four Airbus A330-300s.
The airline has chosen the latest 235-tonne maximum take-off weight variant of the Airbus A330-300, in order to be able to operate long-haul services to all destinations to the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific region from its hubs in Jakarta and Denpasar.
Garuda Indonesia has also converted a previous order for three A330-200s into A330-300s.
The agreement was signed in the presence of French Prime Minister François Fillon and His Excellency Hatta Rajasa, Coordinating Minister for Economy of Indonesia.
Garuda Indonesia’s new aircraft will join a fleet of seven leased A330-200s and six A330-300s already in service with the airline. The new July 1 purchase agreement follows an order for six A330-200s signed in July 2010 and will increase Garuda’s total A330 fleet to 23 aircraft.
The carrier has recently committed to 25 A320s, 15 of them standard-version A320s and 10 of them A320neos, for its low-cost subsidiary Citilink.
“Over the last 15 years, thanks to our A330-family aircraft, we have benefited from the lowest seat mile cost, true long range capability and proven reliability while our passengers enjoyed very high level of comfort. It is a natural choice for us to continue our successful operations with the A330 family of Airbus,” says Emirsyah Satar, president & CEO of Garuda Indonesia.
To date, Airbus has won more than 1,100 orders for the various versions of the A330 and more than 780 A330s are currently flying with nearly 120 customers and operators worldwide. The fleet has accumulated more than 17 million flight hours in over 4 million flights and shows a dispatch reliability of 99.6 percent.