Garuda Indonesia has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Airbus for the purchase of 30 A350 XWB aircraft. Garuda Indonesia plans to use the A350 XWB to develop its medium and long haul network, with the aircraft offering the ability to fly non-stop from Jakarta or Bali to Europe.
Arif Wibowo, CEO of Garuda Indonesia, said: “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. 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.”
John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer, Customers, said: “We are pleased to welcome Garuda Indonesia as the latest airline to commit to the all-new A350 XWB. 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. We look forward to seeing the A350 XWB flying in the colours of Garuda Indonesia as it extends its reach to more destinations across the world.”