Garuda readies itself for A330-300Fs

Garuda Indonesia is awaiting slot approval for its newly purchased A330- 300 freighters which are expected to enter service by 2014. Two months ago, as previously reported in Payload Asia, Garuda signed a purchase contract for three A330-200Fs worth an estimated US$600 million as part of a purchase contract with Airbus for 11 A330-300s worth $2.54 billion.


Garuda readies itself for A330-300Fs


Garuda Indonesia is awaiting slot approval for its newly purchased A330- 300 freighters which are expected to enter service by 2014. Two months ago, as previously reported in Payload Asia, Garuda signed a purchase contract for three A330-200Fs worth an estimated US$600 million as part of a purchase contract with Airbus for 11 A330-300s worth $2.54 billion.

“We are currently waiting for a slot from the regulator for our freighters,” said Garuda’s marketing director Elisa Lumbantoruan. In addition, the company also spent Rp 5 billion (US$530,000)
to expand their cargo warehouse at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to 4,625 square meters in order to accommodate greater cargo volumes.

The renovation was part of a midterm programme to position Garuda Indonesia Cargo as “the leader for Asian cargo brands by 2015”.

“The cargo business is very promising nowadays because the demand for fastmoving consumer goods distribution across the country and abroad is high,” Lumbantoruan told The Jakarta Post.
According to research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, Indonesia’s air cargo volume will increase by 5.7 per cent this year to 920,000 tonnes from 870,000 tonnes last year.

Frost & Sullivan said that the four main airports in the country — Soekarno- Hatta in Jakarta, Juanda in Surabaya, Ngurah Rai in Bali and Polonia in Medan — accounted for 47.2 per cent of the
total air cargo in 2011, with 36 per cent passing through Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.