Garuda Indonesia has taken the delivery of the first of its new fleet of 18 A330-300s at a special ceremony in Toulouse on September 25, 2013. The new aircraft is part of the modernisation program of the Indonesian flag carrier.
The airline’s new A330-300s feature a two class premium layout, with 36 seats that convert to full flat beds in Business Class and an extra spacious Economy cabin with an average seat pitch of 33-34 inches. The aircraft are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines. Garuda Indonesia will operate the aircraft from its hubs in Jakarta and Denpasar (Bali) to destinations across Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific.
The aircraft will join an existing Airbus fleet at the airline that currently includes 10 recently acquired A330-200s, used primarily on long range routes, and six early version A330-300s flying on domestic and shorter regional services. Garuda Indonesia currently operates 106 aircraft.
The twin engine A330 is a so-called widebody aircraft, of which 1,250 have been ordered so far. Right now more than a thousand fly with 100 operators in the world.