The Airbus A330neo in Garuda Indonesia's livery. (Photo courtesy of Airbus/Garuda Indonesia)

Garuda Receives Its First A330neo

NOVEMBER 18, 2019

Jakarta. Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has received its first delivery from an order of 14 A330-900s from European airplane maker Airbus, the company said in a statement on Monday. 

Garuda's new A330neo family fleet will strengthen the airline's long-haul routes.  

"The A330neo can cut fuel consumption by up to 25 percent per seat compared to previous generation competitors, and offer a longer range of 1,500 nautical miles compared to the majority of the A330s currently in operation," Garuda said in the statement. 

"This opens up opportunities for Garuda Indonesia to provide non-stop flights from Jakarta to various favorite destinations in Europe," the airline said. 

Garuda Indonesia currently operates 24 A330 family aircraft on regional and long-haul flights. The airline currently flies to Amsterdam and London, as well as major cities in Asia like Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo. 

Garuda also flies to Jeddah and Madinah, serving the lucrative hajj pilgrims' and migrant workers' markets.

The airline said its A330-900s are configured to accommodate 301 passengers, with 24 seats in business class and 277 seats in economy.

Garuda's finances have returned to the black this year, thanks to the government's decision to raise the price floor of airline tickets early this year.

The airline posted Rp 1.7 trillion ($121 million) in net income in the first nine months of this year, improving from a loss of Rp 1.6 trillion in the same period last year.