PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk will stop the operation of Bombardier CRJ-1000 and ATR 72-600 aircraft. The reason is, the procurement of these two types of aircraft makes the company lose money and in the procurement process it becomes the ground for a corruption case by the former President Director of Garuda Indonesia, Emirsyah Satar. “We have also decided to stop operating on 2 types of aircraft, namely Bombardier CRJ-1000 and ATR aircraft,” said Garuda Indonesia Director of Human Capital Aryaperwira Adileksana during a meeting with Commission V DPR RI, Tuesday (28/6/2022).
Garuda Indonesia Successfully Reduces Operational Costs He detailed that all Bombardier CRJ-1000 aircraft operated by the company will be returned to the lessor or tenant. Meanwhile, the operation of the ATR 72-600 aircraft will be transferred to a subsidiary of Garuda, namely Citilink, so that Garuda Indonesia can still reach airports that can only serve short-haul regional passenger aircraft. “We will return all Bombardier aircraft or remove them from the Garuda Indonesia fleet and Citilink will fly ATR aircraft,” he said.
Previously, Deputy Minister of State-Owned Enterprises Kartika Wirjoatmodjo said that for years this state-owned airline rarely made business profits. One of the reasons for this is the fact that airplane rentals are more than the company’s needs and expensive aircraft rental prices. For example, the Bombardier CRJ-1000 and ATR 72-600 aircraft. “Garuda is rarely profitable, because the income was high but the cost was high, because many fleets were not used optimally,” he explained during a press conference, Tuesday (28/6/2022).