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Jakarta Post

Garuda to get own aircraft to serve haj

  • Nurfika Osman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 24 2012   /  11:56 am

National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia plans to take a delivery of new high-capacity wide-bodied aircraft to serve Indonesian haj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia in the future, so that it will no longer have to lease aircraft every haj season.

President director Emirsyah Satar said the airline is currently conducting a feasibility study to see whether it makes sense to get Boeing B747-8 Intercontinental or Airbus A380 aircraft.

Emirsyah said the airline was weighing the options and would eventually pick one that rendered more benefits and efficiency.

The B747-8I is a development of the B747 that takes advantage of improvements in technology and aerodynamics. The world’s longest passenger airliner could carry up to 467 passengers, with 26 percent more cargo volume than the B747-400-type.

It is also said to be quieter and more fuel-efficient compared to the B747-400s...