Speaking at a press conference on 30 June, Citilink's chief executive Juliandra Nurtjahjo says the airline will receive two A330neos between October and December, which will enable it to launch flights into Frankfurt and Jeddah.
Nurtjahjo explains the move to launch long-haul flights is part of its long-term business plan and a strategy alignment with Garuda.
He adds that Frankfurt was chosen as the first long-haul destination due to its status as a major European hub alongside Amsterdam and London.
Besides Germany and Saudi Arabia, Citilink is looking to expand into Australia and Vietnam, though the Citilink chief did not share further details.
Fleet-wise, the plan is for the A330neos to be configured with 365 seats in two classes: 42 in premium economy and 323 in economy, says Nurtjahjo.
In response to FlightGlobal's query, parent company Garuda says the two jets bound for its low-cost unit will come from its order of 14 A330neos. However, the airline was unable to comment if Citilink will take up more A330neos, or if Garuda will transfer any of its 24 A330-200s or -300s in service to Citilink.
(...) Cirium Fleets Analyzer shows that six A330-900s Garuda will receive have been assigned their serial numbers. MSNs 1946, 1947 and 1948 are scheduled to arrive this year, while MSNs 1958, 1959 and 1961 are due to arrive in the first half of 2020.
Interesting thanks kronus, so then Garuda Indonesia should still get 1 this year, not sure about the MSN though.
Last Edit: Jul 2, 2019 11:44:16 GMT 1 by FabienA380