Garuda Indonesia received an Airbus award for operational reliability for its fleet of A330 aircraft at an official ceremony in Jakarta today. The airline currently operates a fleet of six A330 aircraft, which are deployed on the carrier?s regional network. The first A330 was delivered to Garuda Indonesia in December 1996.
"This award recognises the outstanding in-service operational reliability of Garuda Indonesia's A330 fleet, which achieved an impressive 99.02 per cent level in 2002" said John Grother, Airbus Vice-President, A330/A340 Programs, at the ceremony to mark the achievement.
Airbus' involvement with Indonesia dates back to February 1979, when Garuda Indonesia placed an order for nine A300s, the world's first widebody twin-engine airliner. As part of Airbus' philosophy of working closely with its customers on the refinement and development of its products, Garuda Indonesia was one of the major influences behind the development of the "forward-facing" two man cockpit. With the delivery of its first A300-B4 in 1982, Garuda Indonesia subsequently became the first airline in the world to operate a two man crew widebody aircraft.
A leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive product line on the market, Airbus is a global company with design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK, and Spain as well as subsidiaries in the U.S., China and Japan. Headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus is a joint EADS Company with BAE SYSTEMS.