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Jakarta Post

Garuda, Sriwijaya ink purchase deals in Paris

  • Novan Iman Santosa

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 22 2011   /  08:00 am

Two Indonesian airlines inked separate deals to purchase dozens of planes from two different aircraft manufacturers at the Paris Air Show.

Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia announced an order for as many as 50 Airbus A320s on Tuesday — a firm order of 25 with an option for another 25 — while on Monday, privately-owned Sriwijaya Air agreed to buy 20 Embraer 190 jets, with purchase rights for 10 more, the Brazilian aircraft maker said in a statement released on Monday.

Emirsyah Satar, Garuda’s president director, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the purchase with Airbus Customer COO John Leahy at the Airbus chalet in Le Bourget just outside Paris, according to a Garuda statement released on Tuesday.

Of the 25 narrow-body jetliners the firm ordered, 15 will be A320 standard while 10 others will be the re-engined A320Neo. The aircraft will join Garuda...