SERANG, Indonesia, 11 April 2012. Garuda Indonesia, the national air carrier of Indonesia, ordered 11 Airbus A330-300 widebody passenger jetliners today from Airbus in Toulouse, France. Garuda Indonesia, which is based in Serang on the western part of the island of Java, will operate the new widebodies on routes between Indonesia and Asia, the Middle East, and the Pacific, airline officials say.
This order brings the number of twin-engine A330s in the Garuda Indonesia fleet to 21. The new aircraft will have Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines. No dollar value of the order was released.
The airline chose the extended-range A330-300, which has a maximum range of 5,850 nautical miles -- roughly the distance from Los Angeles to Sydney, Australia.
The 300-seat A330-300 is designed for long-haul trans-oceanic flights, and competes directly in the this passenger aircraft market with the Boeing 777. It has digital fly-by-wire flight controls, uses the ARINC-429 avionics databus, a high-efficiency wing, and LED cabin lighting.
The A330-300 has a secure flight crew location next to the cockpit that accommodates one or two bunks, as well as a pallet-mounted rest area with as many as seven bunks for cabin personnel.
The Airbus A330-300 is considered to be a mid-size widebody passenger jet. It is 209 feet long, 55 feet tall, and has a wingspan of 198 feet. Airbus has received 557 total orders for the A330-300, delivered 396, and has 394 in operation.