Garuda Indonesia Airlines has ordered 50 737 MAX 8s, Boeing’s new single-aisle passenger jet with a North Charleston connection. The flag carrier of Indonesia will purchase 46 MAX 8s and convert existing orders for four Next-Generation 737-800s to 737 MAX 8s. The total order is valued at $4.9 billion at current list prices, though airlines rarely pay full sticker price for huge orders, according to The Post and Courier newspaper.
The 737 MAX 8 represents a bright, efficient future for Garuda Indonesia,” said Emirsyah Satar, chief executive officer of Garuda Indonesia. “This order helps continue our commitment to offer the people of Indonesia and Southeast Asia the most comfortable, most efficient air travel in the region.”
Garuda Indonesia currently operates 77 Boeing 737s. The new order gives the airline the flexibility to grow and to update its fleet as the market demands. “The 737 MAX will be a great addition to the Garuda’s fleet,” said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president of Asia Pacific and India sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “It will build on the strong tradition of service that Garuda Indonesia has established with the 737 family. This order demonstrates Garuda’s trust in Boeing and a strong commitment to operate the most fuel-efficient, single-aisle airplanes in the market today and in the future.”
Boeing is constructing a plant in North Charleston’s Palmetto Commerce Park to make engine inlet components for the 737 MAX 8. It’s expected to open in mid-2015.