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Chartered presidential plane only for long-haul flights

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, March 5, 2020   /  08:55 am
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A picture circulated recently on social media showing one of Garuda’s Boeing 777-300ER sporting the red and white presidential livery. The picture prompted speculation that President Jokowi would fly in a new presidential aircraft. (Handout/-)

Aviation experts commended the government’s decision to charter a wide-body aircraft from flag carrier Garuda Indonesia as a presidential aircraft for long-haul flights considering that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is not known to frequently visit foreign countries that require long-range aircraft. Currently the presidential aircraft is a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) 2 which is based on a Boeing 737-800 commercial aircraft, and is currently undergoing routine maintenance. A picture circulated recently on social media showing one of Garuda’s Boeing 777-300ER sporting the red and white presidential livery. The picture prompted speculation that President Jokowi would fly in a new presidential aircraft. “The [Boeing 737-800] airplane could only fly for five to six hours, covering a distance similar to a Jakarta to Hong Kong commercial flight. A 14-hour f...