INDONESIA's national flagship carrier Garuda Indonesia, has announced an order for 50 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, purchasing 46 and converting an existing order of four Next-Gen 737-800s to the MAX 8 variant.
The order, worth $4.9 Billion at list prices, was previously listed on Boeing's Orders and Deliveries website as an "unidentified customer."
"The 737 MAX 8 represents a bright, efficient future for Garuda Indonesia," said Emirsyah Satar, CEO of Garuda Indonesia. "This order helps continue our commitment to offer the people of Indonesia and Southeast Asia the most comfortable, most efficient air travel in the region."
Boeing says the 737 MAX 8 will deliver a higher level of passenger comfort, reliability and will be more fuel-efficient than the today's most efficient Next-Generation 737s in operation, attributing to a 14 percent improvement in fuel costs.
Boeing also says the MAX 8 will have an 8 percent per seat operating cost advantage over the A320neo.
"This order demonstrates Garuda's trust in Boeing and a strong commitment to operate the most fuel-efficient single-aisle airplanes in the market today and in the future." said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president of Asia Pacific and India Sales at Boeing.
Garuda Indonesia currently operates a fleet of over 130 aircraft, including 77 737s, to 40 domestic destinations and 36 international destinations throughout the world.
Written By: Luke Hague, Pilot