The latest aircraft type in Garuda’s fleet, the B777-300ER, was ordered to support the airline’s ambitious international expansion plans into Europe and the US and to replace the ageing B747-400 fleet. Problems with the runway at Jakarta, which needs strengthening to allow for full capacity departures (350 tonnes), delayed Garuda’s expansion plans until mid-2014.
Garuda thus far operates a total of four B777-300ERs, with an additional six on order.
The B777-300ERs are the only aircraft type in Garuda’s fleet that offer First Class seating, in addition to Executive (Business) and Economy Class. It seats a total of 314 passengers.
Until Garuda’s new European routes are open, it operates the B777-300ER on premium and capacity-heavy regional flights within Asia (Tokyo, Shanghai), as well as on its Sydney rotations.
First Class seating is in suites-style, featuring eight fully-flat beds in enclosed private spaces. Executive Class is in a 1-2-1 setting, offering 38 fully-flat beds. Economy Class seats 268 passengers in a 3-3-3 set-up.
There are personal TVs with on demand entertainment (AVOD) in all three classes.