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Garuda continues expansion leasing two freighters from GECAS

GARUDA Indonesia and the Irish-American commercial aviation financing and leasing company GECAS have entered into a lease agreement for two B737-800 Boeing-converted freighters (BCF)

Garuda continues expansion leasing two freighters from GECAS

GARUDA Indonesia and the Irish-American commercial aviation financing and leasing company GECAS have entered into a lease agreement for two B737-800 Boeing-converted freighters (BCF)

23 October 2019 - 19:00

GARUDA Indonesia and the Irish-American commercial aviation financing and leasing company GECAS have entered into a lease agreement for two B737-800 Boeing-converted freighters (BCF).

The passenger-converted aircraft are slated to be phased in mid-2020 and will provide additional capacity to Cargo Garuda Indonesia, which currently utilises a fleet of three freighter aircraft.



GECAS said that B737-800 freighters are perfectly suited to short and mid-range routes which form the basis of Garuda's scheduled network.



From its base Cargo Centre at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport near Jakarta, the carrier provides dedicated cargo services for mail and express shipments as well as e-commerce and general cargo shipments, accommodating cross-border online purchases, reports London's Air Cargo News.



GECAS senior vice president and manager of the cargo aircraft group, Richard Greener, said: 'GECAS is excited to provide these converted 737-800 freighters to Garuda as they expand their dedicated cargo fleet.'



Mohamad Iqbal, Garuda Indonesia director of Cargo and Business Development, commented: 'These newly converted 737-800 freighters will assist our growing operations as well as expanding our cargo programme.'



Over the last year various reports have emerged suggesting the scope of Garuda's freighter fleet ambitions - from four in 2019, to as many as eight in 2020.


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