Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia announced on Monday that it will stop operating its Boeing 747-400 planes, which have been flying since 1994 and have logged up 89,900 hours flying time.
Garuda Indonesia president director Pahala N Mansury said the retirement of the three planes was part of the airlines’ effort to revitalize its fleet, which currently relies on Boeing 777-300 ER planes that consume less fuel.
Pahala said in his statement on Monday that the last of the planes to fly was on Oct. 6 from Medina in Saudi Arabia to Makassar.
“The last flight of aircraft PK-GSH marked the retirement of all three Boeing 747-400s owned by Garuda Indonesia. From 1994 to 2017, Garuda Indonesia operated three B747-400 planes with registration numbers PK-GSI, PK-GSG and PK-GSH,” the statement added.
Pahala said the planes, with a capacity of 428 seats, had played important roles in the operation of Garuda Indonesia for 23 years, including flying Indonesian haj pilgrims to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Currently the airline operates B777-300ER and A330-300/20 aircraft, which apart from being more fuel-efficient also provide a more comfortable flight for passengers, particularly on long-haul flights.