The Jakarta Post
Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia will decide in the fourth quarter this year which sub-100 regional jets to procure for contract signing in 2012 so the new airplanes can be operational by late 2013.
Garuda president director Emrisyah Satar said on Friday evening that the final decision would be made fairly and in the open.
“We plan to buy 18 of the sub-100 regional jets to serve secondary cities, with bases in Balikpapan, Makassar, Manado and Medan,” Emirsyah told The Jakarta Post at the airline’s headquarters in the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport compound in Cengkareng, Banten.
“The airplanes will be leased, although we may purchase the aircraft, depending on future studies.”
Garuda is considering the Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen from Canada and the Embraer E-Jets E190 from Brazil.
Bombardier flew one of its 65-seat CRJ700 NextGens to Jaka...