19 April 2016 © David Eyre
Garuda Indonesia has confirmed an order for 14 Airbus A330-900neo, the new re-engined version of the A330, for delivery from 2019 onwards.
The order replaces and extends an existing order for seven A330-300 aircraft, which have not yet been delivered. The airline has not mentioned its previously announced plans of ordering up to 30 A350 XWBs.
The deal was signed in London in the presence of the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo and British Prime Minister, David Cameron.
Garuda Indonesia plans to use the A330neo to develop its medium and long haul network. The airline currently uses its fleet of 24 Airbus A330s on once daily services between Denpasar (Bali) and Perth, and Boeing 737-800s on services between Jakarta and Perth.
The aircraft will have Airbus’ all new Airspace cabin and will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines. The new engines and aerodynamic enhancements reduce fuel consumption by 14% per seat and increase range by up to 400 nautical miles.
Garuda has been an Airbus customer since 1981, when the airline took delivery of its first Airbus A300.