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Airbus Salutes Garuda

Airbus Manufacturer Cites Performance Excellence by Indonesia's National Carrier.

(3/24/2003) Garuda Indonesia has been cited by Airbus Industrie for the high standard of its operational efficiency in their utilization of A-330 aircraft.

An "Operational Reliability Award" was presented to Garuda on Monday, March 17, 2003, in Jakarta. "This award recognizes the outstanding in-service operational reliability of Garuda Indonesia's A330 fleet, which achieved an impressive 99.02 per cent level in 2002," said John Grother, Airbus Vice-President, A330/A340 Programs, at the ceremony to mark the achievement.

Airbus' involvement with Indonesia dates back to February 1979, when Garuda Indonesia placed an order for nine A300s, the world's first wide body twin-engine airliner. As part of Airbus' philosophy of working closely with its customers on the refinement and development of its products, Garuda was one of the major influences behind the development of the "forward-facing" two man cockpit. With the delivery of its first A300-B4 in 1982, Garuda subsequently became the first airline in the world to operate a two man crew wide body aircraft.