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    State-owned airline PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk (GIAA) on Monday (1/8/2022) began to gradually return the Bombardier CRJ-1000 aircraft. In this initial phase, it was carried out through the return of 2 aircraft produced by the Company based in Montreal, Canada from a total of 18 Bombardier CRJ-1000 aircraft that had previously been operated by Garuda Indonesia. The return of the two Bombardier CRJ-1000 aircraft with registration numbers PK-GRQ and PK-GRN departed at 09.00 WIB from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to MHIRJ Facility Service Center, Tucson, Arizona, United States.

    Furthermore, the Company’s long-term restructuring measures are also optimized through mutual agreements with lessors regarding changes or extensions of lease contracts, such as the implementation of a power by-the-hour scheme for the payment of aircraft rental fees where the Company will pay rental fees based on flight hours. Through these strategic steps, Garuda Indonesia has succeeded in reducing rental costs for narrow body aircraft to around 30% and wide body aircraft to around 69%.

    In line with the follow-up to the agreement that has been successfully reached by the company with the lessor and supported by improved performance which has begun to show positive growth, Garuda Indonesia will further increase the operation of 3 B737-800 NG fleets which were previously relocated by the lessor to complete the projected operation of the Garuda Indonesia fleet. which is expected to reach 60-70 fleets by the end of 2022.