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Boeing Wins $2Bn Order from Garuda (Sep 16)

NEW YORK --- As part of efforts to enhance Garuda Indonesia’s business and service, Garuda Indonesia and the Boeing Company have agreed to sign a US$ 2 billion agreement which focuses upon the development and modernization of Garuda Indonesia’s fleet through operations of 10 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners and 18 Boeing 737 New Generation series.

The agreement was signed by the President & CEO of Garuda Indonesia, Emirsyah Satar and the Senior Vice President of the Boeing Company, Dinesh Keskar, on September 15, 2005 at the Pierre Hotel in New York. Also attending was the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who was present on a State Visit to the United States.

The signing of the agreement is a further elaboration of a contract previously signed by the two companies in 1996 for procurement of the Boeing 777 ER (Extended Range) series.

As Garuda Indonesia continues to develop its business and improve service quality, following the direction in the new management’s business plan, the introduction of the Boeing 787-8 is a tangible step in its efforts to regenerate its future fleet and reflects the airlines understanding of the need for a more modern fleet to achieve an enhanced performance.

The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner will be part of Garuda Indonesia’s fleet in 2011 and 2013.

Boeing 787 Competence
The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner is a modern and highly sophisticated wide-body aircraft, equipped with the latest in monitoring systems which enables the aircraft to automatically monitor and detect any necessary maintenance procedures and report them to the ground computer.

The aircraft’s superior composite body contributes to its lightweight that in turn will reduce fuel consumption up to 20%, a distinct advantage over other aircraft of its type - hence supporting the trend towards a more efficient airline industry.

The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner has a seat capacity of 240 passengers and a cruising speed of 0,85 mach, as well as being capable of flying non-stop for 8.500 nautical miles (15.700 km), or for instance, the distance from Jakarta - London, Jakarta - Vancouver.

Commencing productions in 2006, the Boeing Company has designed the aircraft with a twin engine, aircraft length of 57 meters, height of 16 meters and wingspan of 60 meters. The aircraft’s first flight will take place in 2007 and handed over to the respective customers in 2008.

The Boeing 737 800 series
In the meantime, to fulfill the need for a more modern fleet, particularly of narrow-body aircraft, Garuda Indonesia, early in 2006, will commence operations of three Boeing 737-800s that are a new generation of the B-737aircraft.

The Boeing 737-800 will eventually replace five Boeing 737-400s that have terminated their leasing contract. Garuda Indonesia currently operates 57 aircraft, consisting of 3 Boeing 747-400s, an Airbus 330-300 and 48 Boeing 737-classic, comprising 26 Boeing 737-400s, 17 Boeing 737-300s, and 5 Boeing 737-500s.

Garuda Indonesia to Operate Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner