The order announcement was made at the Singapore Air Show, where Garuda also confirmed a previously unidentified order for seven Next-Generation 737-800s placed last year. The carrier also announced that it has converted 18 of its 1999 order for 737-700s to 737-800s and six 777-200ERs on order since 1996 to 777-300ERs.
In addition to the existing orders, Garuda has also acquired purchase rights for another 25 737-800s and 10 777-300ERs.
According to Boeing, Garuda’s 737s will be fitted with blended winglets, which it said would improve fuel efficiency, increase the range and reduce CO2 emissions and take-off noise.
Separately, Jakarta-based Lion Air announced an order for 56 Next-Generation 737-900ER aircraft, worth more than $4.4bn at current list prices. It also acquired purchase rights for an additional 50 737-900ERs.
The latest order brings Lion Air’s combined orders for the 737-900ER to 178.
As with Garuda’s aircraft, Lion Air’s new fleet will also be equipped with the blended winglet technology, which Boeing claims help to reduce CO2 emissions by up to four per cent.