Garuda receives first Boeing 777
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Garuda Indonesia has celebrated the arrival of its first Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
The new long-range jet touched down at Jakarta’s Soekharno-Hatta International Airport on Tuesday 2 July 2013, following a delivery flight from Boeing’s Seattle headquarters. It is the first of 10 B777s ordered by Garuda, as part of its plans to revamp its fleet and expand its long-haul operations.
“The 777 is an extraordinary airplane that will bring a new level of experience for our first and business class passengers,” said Emirsyah Satar, Garuda’s President Director.
The new twin-aisle aircraft is configured with 314 seats in three classes – eight in first class, 38 in business class and 268 in economy. The aircraft is also equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity.
“We’re proud to celebrate this milestone with Garuda Indonesia,” said Dinesh Keskar, Boeing’s senior vice president of sales for Asia Pacific & India. “The world’s elite airlines fly the 777 and I’m sure Garuda’s passengers will notice the difference from the moment they step on and see the new interior.”
Garuda has already revealed that it will use its B777 to launch direct flights to London later this year. But yesterday, Indonesia’s Antara news agency reported Satar as saying that the new aircraft would initially be put into service on the Jakarta-Jeddah route.
Two more B777s scheduled to arrive in Jakarta in the coming months, and will be used to operate the Sydney-Jakarta-London route, while a further three aircraft are scheduled to be delivered in 2014.
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