Garuda Indonesia Chairman and CEO Irfan Setiaputra said he plans to replace less efficient aircraft types with more efficient ones as part of the approval of the company’s restructuring plan. BUMN this. One of them with the return of bomber planes. Irfan assured that the fate of route connectivity could still be done with the support of other aircraft.
“The plan is that routes served by Bombardier will be replaced by other Garuda-owned aircraft or by Citilink-owned aircraft,” he said Wednesday (3/8/2022).
Earlier, Garuda Indonesia Human Capital Manager Aryaperwira Adileksana also explained the condition of the Bombardier CRJ-1000 aircraft which was returned to lessors.
“We have decided to stop the Bombardier CRJ-1000 and ATR. Bombardier is back,” he said.
The issuer with stock code GIAA owns 18 Bombardier aircraft. According to Bisnis’ records, 12 of them were returned to lessor Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) in February 2021. The state-owned airline has also halted operation of the CRJ-1000 as it continues to lose up to $30 million per year. year. This type of aircraft does not meet the criteria for Indonesian passengers.
Instead, Bombardier flight routes will be replaced with a more efficient type, namely the Boeing 737-800. During this time, Citilink will operate all types of ATR aircraft as they are considered suitable for their characteristics.
Currently, the state airline has begun to gradually return the Bombardier CRJ-1000 aircraft.
In his official statement, Tuesday (08/02/2022), Garuda said that in this initial phase, he has returned 2 planes out of a total of 18 planes produced by the company based in Montreal, Canada.
“Following up on the development of the aircraft is part of the follow-up outcome of the negotiation agreement with the lessor of the Bombardier CRJ-1000 aircraft, namely Nordic Aviation Capital or NAC and Export Development Canada or EDC,” said Irfan by an official press release, Tuesday (08/02/2022).
The return of the aircraft is part of the aircraft restructuring strategy which is being carried out amid the finalization of the approval decision on the suspension of debt payment obligations. In particular the intensification of the company’s strategic plans in order to accelerate the turnaround in performance.
The return of the two Bombardier CRJ-1000 aircraft registrations PK-GRQ and PK-GRN took off at 09:00 WIB from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to the MHIRJ Facility Service Center, Tucson, Arizona, USA.
Previously, on July 19, 2022, the codename issuer GIAA had also returned the sole fleet of Boeing 737 Max-8 aircraft with registration number PK-GDA to lessor Bocomm Leasing in the Netherlands.
The long-term restructuring of the company is also optimized by an amicable agreement with the lessor relating to modifications or extensions of the lease contract. For example, by implementing the power-by-the-hour system for the payment of aircraft rental fees, the Company will pay the rental fees based on the flight hours of the aircraft. Through these strategic steps, Garuda Indonesia has succeeded in reducing the rental costs of narrow-body aircraft to approximately 30% and wide-body aircraft to approximately 69%.
On the other hand, Garuda will also assess the condition of the operating routes by adjusting the type of aircraft according to the level of passenger occupancy through the use of jumbo jets for routes that contribute positively to the performance of the aircraft. ‘company. Meanwhile, to provide various alternative international flight destinations to service users, Garuda Indonesia will maximize synergies with partner airlines either through interline or codeshare programs.
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