25 APRIL 2016
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A US$5.75bn order for 14 A330-900neos from Airbus was announced last week by Garuda Indonesia.
The deal replaces an existing order for seven A330-300s.
The deal was signed in London on the first day of a visit to Britain by Indonesian president Joko Widodo, and announced by Downing Street in a statement which said it would boost Britain's economy.
The wings for Airbus planes are made in Britain and the aircraft will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines. Rolls-Royce will also service the engines.
The A330-900neos will feature Airbus Industries’ new Airspace by Airbus cabin design which was unveiled recently. TAP Portugal is the launch customer for the cabins, which will enter service next year.
With the Garuda order coinciding with a prime ministerial visit, the deal drew comments from David Cameron.
The signing underlined the increasing importance of Britain’s ties with Indonesia and that country’s fast-growing economy, which was set to become the seventh largest in the world by 2030, he said.
Britain is the fifth biggest investor in Indonesia and the relationship had more untapped potential, the prime minister added. www.garuda-indonesia.com
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