Garuda Phasing Out of Boeing 737-800NG with Introduction of Boeing 737 MAX 8
Indonesia national carrier Garuda Indonesia has commenced on the rejuvenation of its fleet of narrow-bodied aircraft via a phased introduction of the latest edition of the Boeing 737: the Boeing 737 MAX 8. Garuda’s vice-president of corporate communications, Pujobroto, said the rejuvenation program is part of the airline’s desire to maintain comfort and service levels by operating a fleet of aircraft with an average age of 5 years.
Speaking to Bisnis.com, Pujobroto said: “We are operating the newest variant from Boeing at a time when the 12-year lease agreement for Boeing 737-800NG is ending.” The Boeing 737 MAX 8 is the next generation of the Boeing 737-800 NG featuring improve technology, more efficient fuel consumption and operating costs, lower sound emissions and reduced levels of carbon emissions. The introduction of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 will take place in a phased, natural replacement of the 50 Boeing-800 NG now flown by Garuda that will take place between 2017 and 2023.
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