MIAMI – Indonesian flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia, saw its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 take off on its maiden flight at Boeing Field near Seattle.
Back in 2014, the Indonesian carrier announced the order for 50 737 MAX 8s, valued at $4.9 billion.
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From that order, the airline committed to 46 737 MAX 8s and converted the existing order for four Next-Generation 737-800s to 737 MAX 8s.
According to Garuda, the MAX order was thought for fleet growth, not for a replacement.
Garuda Indonesia has 141 aircraft in service, composed of seven Airbus A330-200, 17 A330-300, 16 ATR 72-600, 73 Boeing 737-800, ten Boeing 777-300ER and 18 Bombardier CRJ-1000.
It also has 78 airliners in order; 14 Airbus A330-900neo (the first delivery is set in 2019), 14 ATR 72-600 and the 49 remaining Boeing 737 MAX 8.