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Garuda Spreads its Wings

Indonesian National Flag Carrier Garuda Undergoing Substantial Fleet and Route Expansion

(3/23/2012) Garuda Indonesia is adding 11 new aircraft this year as they expand their air network. At the same time, Garuda is adding 10 airplanes to the armada of their low-cost subsidiary Citilink serving domestic routes.

Garuda list of new airplanes for 2012 include five Bombardier CRJ1000 Next Generation that will enter service in October-December 2012. The National Carrier will also take delivery this year of four Boeing737-800NG aircraft and two Airbus A330-200.

Citilink new aircraft will all be Airbus 320.

Quoted in Kompas.com, Emirsyah Satar, the CEO of PT Garuda Indonesia told the press on March 21, 2012, “When the aircraft arrive, the total armada of Garuda Indonesia will total 105 airplanes with an average age of 5.8 years.”

New Routes


Emirsyah projects that by the year 2015 Garuda will be operating 154 planes.

The Bombardier CRJ1000 Next Generation aircraft will be deployed on domestic routes from bases in Makassar, Medan and Balikpapan commencing late this year.

For international service, starting on April 27, 2012, Garuda Indonesia will fly between Denpasar and Haneda, Japan (Tokyo).

On May 24, 2012, Garuda will fly Jakarta-Taipei (Taiwan).

From Denpasar, new Garuda services to Balikpapan (Kalimantan) will commence in late 2012.