February 13, 2021, 10.41 PM
A Garuda Indonesia CRJ1000 KOMPAS/HERU SRI KUMOROA Garuda Indonesia CRJ1000

Garuda Indonesia President-Director Irfan Setiaputra noted that the procurement of the CRJ1000 was also costly for the airline. 

“We estimate that Garuda can save more than $220 million in expenses that we would have incurred if we used the CRJ1000 until the end of their contract in 2027,” he said.

Irfan added that the need to cut costs due to the Covid-19 pandemic prompted Garuda to stop using the planes.

Garuda is also negotiating with Export Development Canada on an early settlement for the lease of six other Bombardier planes, whose contract will end in 2024.

As with NAC, Garuda cited the ongoing bribery probe against Bombadier Inc. and efficiency measures during the pandemic as reasons for terminating the deal.

(Writer: Rully R. Ramli, Akhdi Martin Pratamai | Editor: Erlangga Djumena, Bambang P. Jatmiko)





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