April 12, 2007

Garuda Indonesia to Add 25 New Aircraft Starting 2009

Garuda Indonesia to Add 25 New Aircraft Starting 2009 In an important step to support its business expansion and upgrade its service, Garuda Indonesia plans to bring in 25 new Boeing 737-800 Next Generation (B-737-NG) aircraft, which it has ordered from The Boeing Company.

These planes will join Garuda Indonesia fleet in several stages: eight units in May - December 2009, ten in January – October 2010, five in August – December 2011, and two in January – February 2012.

In addition, ten Boeing 787 series 8 (B787-8) Dreamliner aircraft which the Boeing Company began producing in 2006, will join the fleet starting in 2011. The B-737NG is a modern, sophisticated narrow-body, twin engine aircraft with a body length of 40.68 meters and wingspan of 35.81 meters.

It can fly at a speed of 0.79 mach, faster than the Classic B-737, which can only reach 0.74 mach. The B-737NG can also fly at elevations up to 41.000 feet, and has a maximum take-off weight of 79,015 kg and maximum landing weight of 65,317 kg.

The other new plane, the B-787-8 Dreamliner is a wide body aircraft with the latest state-of- the art technology including a monitoring system that enables the plane to monitor its own maintenance needs and report the automatically to a ground based computer.

This model can reach a speed of 0.85 mach and can fly 8,500 nautical miles (15,700 km) non-stop. It has two engines, a body length of 57 meters, height of 6 meters, and wingspan of 60 meters. The B-787-8 Dreamliner’s body is built from a composite material, making the plane much lighter and therefore 20% more fuel-efficient than other similar sized planes.

The arrival of these new B-737NG and B-787-8 Dream liner aircraft will be constitute the realization of the Garuda Indonesia Fleet Development and Modernization Agreement signed with the Boeing Company on 15 September 2005 in New York City.

Source: www.garuda-indonesia.com

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