Indonesian national carrier Garuda Indonesia has welcomed its first Airbus A330-900neo, the first of 14 that will join the airline's fleet.

The airline's A330neo comes from an initial order of seven A330-300s, which Garuda later changed to the A330neos. Later, the airline decided to add another 7 aircraft to the original 7 on order.

Garuda's new A330s have a configuration of 301 seats that includes 24 Business and 277 Economy, and the airline has plans to open up new medium and long-haul routes using the aircraft thanks to the fuel-efficiency offered by the A330neo.

For its current medium/long-haul operations, Garuda currently has Boeing 777-300ER and Airbus A330s in its fleet to operate those flights.

According to Airbus' website, the A330-900neos has a maximum range of 13400km when with a configuration of up to 300 seats. With the longer range, the aircraft will be able to use the A330neos on non-stop flights such as from Jakarta to London.


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