Garuda Indonesia, the national carrier of Indonesia, has placed a firm order with Airbus for 11 more A330-300 widebody jets.
The contract was signed on April 11 in Jakarta by Emirsyah Satar, president & CEO of Garuda Indonesia; and Tom Williams, executive vice president, programs for Airbus, in the presence of Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron.
The order is the third to be placed by Garuda Indonesia for the Airbus A330 family since July 2010, with the carrier now having a total of 21 aircraft on firm order for future delivery. Garuda Indonesia currently operates eight A330-200s and six A330-300s.
All the aircraft on order – three Airbus A330-200s and 18 A330-300s – will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, as are the A330s already in Garuda’s fleet.
Garuda Indonesia has chosen the latest extended-range, 235-tonne maximum take-off weight variant of the Airbus A330-300. The carrier will operate the aircraft with a premium two-class layout on services from its hubs in Jakarta and Denpasar (the largest city in Bali) to destinations in Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific.
“The A330 has proven to be a key element in the success of the revitalized Garuda Indonesia,” said Satar. “The low seat-mile cost and high passenger appeal make the aircraft a perfect fit for our fleet and a firm favorite with our passengers.”
The twin-engine A330 is one of the most widely used widebody aircraft in service today. Airbus has recorded orders for nearly 1,200 of the various versions of the aircraft and more than 800 A330s are flying with some 90 operators worldwide.
In addition to passenger and freighter aircraft, the A330 is also available in VIP and military transport/tanker variants. Airbus has also launched a passenger-to-freighter conversion program for older A330 passenger jets.