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Garuda: The Sky’s the Limit

Garuda Targets 80% Growth in Fleet and Passengers by 2015

(7/5/2012) The Indonesian National Flag Carrier Garuda Indonesia is targeting to operate 144 aircraft carrying 29 million passengers by the year 2015.

Currently, Garuda flies 81 airplanes with 15.5 million passengers carried in 2011.

If Garuda meets its self-proclaimed goals, this will translate into an 80% increase in business in only 3.5 years.

Quoted by Kompas.com, Emirsyah Satar the CEO of Garuda Indonesia said the 2015 targets are firm. Moreover, Emirsyah said that if the operating results of the Garuda subsidiary Citilink are added to the mix then the total number of planes currently in operation becomes 95 with a total passenger uplift equals 17.1 million.

Effective July 5, 2012 Citilink now holds its own Airline Operating Certificate (AOC) making it an independent operation distinct from Garuda. Citilink’s own growth targets for 2015 stipulate 50 airplanes carrying 16.4 million passengers in 2015.