The national flight carrier, PT Garuda Indonesia Tbk (IDX: GIAA), has quietly disclosed order of four Airbus A330-800 (A330neo) varian - Photo by Airbus

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – European multinational aerospace corporation, Airbus, has sent one of 14 units of A330-900 aircraft ordered by PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk (IDX: GIAA), said the company on Monday (11/18). So far, the state-owned flight carrier has operated 24 units of A330 series for regional and long route flight.

Previously, CEO of Garuda, Ari Askhara, explained, until 2030, the company expect nine A330-900 fleets will deliver to Indonesia. Based on Airbus list price in 2018, the Airbus 330-900 priced US$296.4 million per unit. So, if the local aircraft ordered 14 fleet the company must spend $4.15 billion.

No further information, how the flight carrier to finance the transaction. Usually, the company cooperate with leasing company, use debt refinancing or other instrument to pay the deal.

Beside Garuda, its competitor Lion Air Group had received one unit of Airbus A330-900 Neo in July 2019. The plane is one of 10 units that Lion Air ordered from Airbus and will be delivered gradually starting this year until 2020.

The company owned by Rusdi Kirana, plans to use A330-900 aircraft to serve Hajj and Umrah flights. Some of the prepared routes are from Makassar to Madinah and Jeddah, Balikpapan to Jeddah, Surabaya to Madinah, Solo to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, and other destinations.

Last year, PT AirAsia Indonesia’ long-haul affiliate, AirAsia X, has placed an order with Airbus for an additional 34 units of A330Neo wide body aircraft. The latest agreement reaffirms AirAsia X’ position as the largest airline customer for the A330Neo, with the total number of aircraft ordered by the airline increasing to 100.

Unit of AirAsia Berhard will be the first airline in Asia to operate the A330Neo, with deliveries of aircraft on order with Airbus scheduled to start in this quarter. The new fleet will be operated by AirAsia X out of its bases in Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia.

On Oct. 26, 2018, Airbus obtained flight-worthy certification from the European Union Aviation Agency. The first airline to use the A330-900 NEO is TAP Air of Portugal which used it to serve the flight route Lisbon (Portugal)-Sao Paulo (Brazil).

This year, Tap Air will also receive 15 NE30 A330 aircraft it has ordered to serve the Lisbon route to O’Hare Airport in Chicago and Dulles, Washington, United States. Another airline that orders A330 Neo is Air Mauritius which received the aircraft on April 18.

Air Mauritius currently operates nine Airbus aircraft, including two A319 types for regional and long-haul flights, two A350-900, three A340-300 units, and two A330-200 aircraft.

Airbus said the number of A330 aircraft orders reached 1,700 units from 120 companies. It makes the A330 the most popular type of aircraft among wide body aircraft.

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