National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia on Wednesday handed over two used Boeing 737-400 aircraft to the Indonesian Air Force, in a bid to supporting the VIP 17 air squadron based at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport.
The two passenger jets were handed over by Garuda president director Emirsyah Satar to Air Force chief of staff Marshall Imam Sufaat in a symbolic gesture at Halim airport in East Jakarta.
“These are secondhand aircraft, but they still have many operating hours left,” Emirsyah said, as quoted by Antara, adding that the maintenance for the planes would be taken on as a joint responsibility of Garuda Maintenance Facility (GMF) and the Air Force.
Imam, meanwhile, said no modifications would be made to the aircrafts in regards to their planned use as VIP military carriers.
He added that the transfer of ownership was based on an agreement between Garuda and the Air Force that was signed late last year.