|Flag carrier reconfirms 50 737 MAX 8 order|
JAKARTA, June 15, 2015 - (ACN Newswire) - Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Garuda Indonesia [IDX:GIAA] announced today the airline's intent to purchase 30 787-9 Dreamliners, as well as up to 30 737 MAX 8 airplanes. Boeing will work with Garuda Indonesia to finalize the order, at which time it will be posted to Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website.
"The agreement is part of Garuda Indonesia's revitalization 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. The 787 Dreamliner and 737 MAX are extraordinary airplanes with exceptional economics that will keep us competitive and bring a new level of service excellence for our customers," said Arif Wibowo, Garuda Indonesia, President and CEO.
In addition to the announcement today, the flag carrier also reconfirmed its intent to purchase for 50 737 MAX 8s, originally announced in October 2014. The airline currently operates more than 90 Boeing airplanes, including Next-Generation versions of the 737, 777-300ERs and 747-400s.
"Boeing and Garuda have been partners in aviation for more than 35 years and we are honored to work together again as they expand and continue to renew their fleet," said Ray Conner, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The 787-9 and 737 MAX will be a great complement to Garuda's current Boeing airplanes, providing them with additional capability and superior economics and their customers with an exceptional flying experience."
The 787-9 leverages the passenger-pleasing design of the 787 family, with features such as the industry's largest windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride. With the fuselage stretched by 6 meters (20 feet) over the 787-8, the 787-9 can fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 830 kilometers (450 nautical miles) with the same exceptional environmental performance - 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes they replace.
The 737 MAX incorporates the latest-technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. Airlines operating the 737 MAX will see an 8 percent per seat operating cost advantage over the A320neo.
About Garuda Indonesia Group
Presenting a new level of service excellence in air travel, Garuda Indonesia, the national airline of Indonesia, seamlessly connects 83 destinations worldwide, including exotic locations across the beautiful archipelago of Indonesia. With more than 600 daily flights and a fleet of 196 aircrafts by January 2017, Garuda Indonesia proudly serves its passengers with the award-winning distinct service "Garuda Indonesia Experience", highlighting Indonesia's warm hospitality and rich diverse culture.
To provide better and more convenient services, Garuda Indonesia continuously strives through its ongoing transformation program. The progress of the transformation can be seen from the achievement of a Skytrax's 5-star Airline rating as well as the winning of the prestigious "The World's Best Cabin Crew" for four consecutive years in 2014 to 2017 and "The World's Most Loved Airline 2016", also from Skytrax. Please visit www.garuda-indonesia.com.
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June 15, 2015 17:00 HKT/SGT
Source: Garuda Indonesia Group
Topic: Contract Awarded
Sectors: Airlines, Travel & Tourism
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