|To Develop the Carrier's Medium and Long Haul Network|
JAKARTA, June 16, 2015 - (ACN Newswire) - Garuda Indonesia has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Airbus for 30 A350 XWB aircraft. The agreement was signed today at the Paris Air Show by Arif Wibowo, President and CEO, Garuda Indonesia, and Fabrice Bregier, President and CEO, Airbus. The signature was witnessed by Ignasius Jonan, Minister of Transportation of the Republic of Indonesia. Under the Letter of Intent, Garuda Indonesia intents to purchase the A350 XWB.
"Following our success in revitalising our regional operation in Asia and the Pacific, the development of our long haul network will be a priority in the coming years," said Arif Wibowo, CEO of Garuda Indonesia. "With its reduced fuel consumption, range capability and extra wide cabin, the A350 XWB will be one of the options for us to reposition ourselves as a leading premium carrier in the competitive long haul market out of Asia."
"We are pleased to welcome Garuda Indonesia as the latest airline intens to select the all-new A350 XWB," said Fabrice Bregier, President and CEO Airbus. "The aircraft has set the new standard for the larger segment of the mid-size widebody market and is already proving to exceed expectations in service with its first operator."
The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs. For passengers, it brings new levels of in-flight comfort, with an extra-wide cabin offering more personal space in all classes, including 18 inch wide seats as standard in economy class.
The A350 XWB has been especially successful in the Asia-Pacific region, where airlines have ordered a total of 244 aircraft, representing almost a third of the 780 orders recorded so far worldwide.
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.
VP Corporate Communications
PT Garuda Indonesia
June 16, 2015 19:00 HKT/SGT
Source: Garuda Indonesia Group
Topic: Contract Awarded
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