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Garuda Has Eyes on Europe for 2010

Garuda Waiting for More Planes and a Lifting of the European Blacklisting to Start Flying Again to Europe.

(8/30/2008) Garuda Indonesia is planning to re-commence service to major capital cities in Europe in 2010 once additional aircraft become available to operate these flights.

The airline's CEO, Emirsyah Satar, told Bisnis Indonesia that the 10 new Boeing 777s on order will start arriving in Indonesia in 2010. Explained Satar: "Our armada is still insufficient to fly to Europe and we must await the delivery of new Boeing 777. The delivery will take place in 2010, we can do nothing but wait."

The 10 new aircraft are being added to Garuda's fleet via a lease-purchase agreement, although Garuda is unprepared to divulge the details of the company extending the financial lease for the new aircraft.

Satar added: "We hope that by the time the new aircraft arrive in 2010 the blacklisting by the European Union (of Indonesian aircraft) will be lifted allowing Garuda to operate without hindrance."

In addition to the new Boeing 777 aircraft on order for international long-haul flights Garuda has also ordered 10 Boeing 737-800NG for use on regional and domestic routes The airline also uses Airbus 330s for operating its Jakarta-Shanghai routes.