Garuda Indonesia plans to modernise its fleet with 30 Boeing 787-9s and another 30 Airbus A350s, along with up to 30 of Boeing's next-gen 737 MAX 8s.
The announcement comes on top of the airline’s ‘intent to order’ a further 50 Boeing 737 MAX 8s in October last year.
Ramping up Garuda's long-distance international presence "will be a priority in the coming years", said the airline's President and CEO Arif Wibowo.
"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."
"The agreement is part of Garuda Indonesia's revitalisation 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,” he added.
Aboard the Boeing 787, guests will enjoy all of the Dreamliner’s creature comforts such as larger windows and overhead lockers, LED mood lighting, lower cabin pressure and Boeing’s Smooth Ride technology to dampen turbulence.
On shorter routes, the Boeing 737 MAX delivers improved operational efficiency for the airline over its current short-haul fleet.
Garuda serves Sydney, Melbourne and Perth from its hubs in Jakarta and Denpasar (Bali) in Indonesia.
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