26 November 2015

Garuda Indonesia to decide between 787-9 and A350-900 by end of the year.

Garuda Indonesia CEO Arif Wibowo said his airline will finalize its widebody refleeting plans by the end of the year.

Wibowo said the Indonesian carrier is still studying the A350-900 and B787-9's fuel efficiency and operating costs before making a final decision.

During the Paris Airshow 2015, Garuda signed Letters of Intent with Airbus and Boeing  for 30 A350-900s and 30 B787-9s respectively though only one type will be ordered Wibowo stated.

Once selected, the winning type will then be used to replace Garuda's fleet of 10 A330-200s and 13 A330-300s. The airline also operates 9 B777-300(ER)s.

The CEO also disclosed that Garuda is in talks with Airbus and sister firm ATR concerning the proposed delay delivery of various aircraft it has on order; 6 A330-300 and 9 ATR72-600.

 All pictures: Source Airbus

Based on the article “Garuda Indonesia to firm up widebody order by year-end” published in ch-aviation.


  1. .This would be a good one to win

  2. My guess would be the A350, given the predominance of A330's in their fleet. They are wider than the 787 and allow for an increase in capacity compared to the A330's and will land somewhere between the A330 and the 777-300ER.

  3. Since they've operated the A330s, I'm guessing having an A350 is logical. The A350s for long haul/peak seasons and some A338s for low seasons. They also could go for the 789 if they've got a good deal from lessor(s) and if they went for 8 abreast economy then it would be a direct replacement in terms of capacity, taking into account that their long haul route is quite empty beyond holiday seasons.

  4. I predict the 787 ...
    Based purely on economics, it can't be beat.