Garuda Indonesia has announced plans to offload two of the fourteen Airbus A330neo aircraft it has on order to its low cost subsidiary Citilink. The first jet will be delivered to the airline in October of 2019 with the other following in December 2019. The first destination will be Frankfurt, Germany followed by Jeddah Saudi Arabia. The airlines A330neo aircraft will be configured with 42 Premium economy seats and 323 in economy.
Currently, Citilink only serves regional flights within Indonesia along with destinations in Cambodia and Malaysia with a fleet of 43 Airbus A320ceo and 8 A320neo aircraft.
The airline was founded in 2001 as a low cost brand of national airline Garuda, however since 2012 the airline has been operating independently of its parent airline.
Further expansion is thought to include Vietnam and Australia, although these are yet to be confirmed.
The future of this could prove interesting – the parent company currently operates flights to London Heathrow and Amsterdam, however it seems to be somewhat undecided as to how it wants to operate these flights – either as separate flights, or all as one with the London flight stopping off in Amsterdam as it had done so previously.
If the Citilink flights to Frankfurt prove popular, could they be seen at Heathrow in place of the Garuda flights?