FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LONG BEACH, Calif., Dec. 17, 1996 -- Garuda Indonesia Airlines, the national airline of Indonesia, accepted its first extended range McDonnell Douglas MD-11 today, bringing new capability to the carrier's long-range jetliner fleet.
Capt. Dharmadi, senior vice president of operations for Garuda Indonesia, received the new trijet from Don Black, vice president-general manager of sales and marketing for Douglas Aircraft Co., the commercial jetliner division of McDonnell Douglas.
"The MD-11ER will give Garuda greater range for its long distance routes linking Jakarta with major European cities," Black said. "We are very proud that the MD-11ER will play such an important role in the airline's operation."
Also representing Garuda Indonesia were T.H. Matondang, director general secretary of the Indonesia Department of Communications, and Capt. Roy Megantoro, chief MD-11 pilot.
The MD-11ER is capable of non-stop flights up to 7,200 nautical miles (8,280 statue miles) with a full passenger load. The jetliner gains its range advantage through a combination of aerodynamic improvements, weight reduction, increased fuel capacity and higher maximum take-off weight that provides for the heavier fuel load with no payload penalty.
The Garuda MD-11ER is equipped to carry 300 passengers in a three-class arrangement. The interior features an advanced passenger entertainment system with both wall-mounted and projection-type video monitors, and large overhead storage bins.
Garuda operates six other MD-11s, with two additional MD11ERs scheduled for delivery in 1997. Garuda serves a worldwide route with more than 30 international destinations in Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States.
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