Garuda to operate ATR 72s under its own brand

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Garuda Indonesia has confirmed that the 25 ATR 72-600s that were allocated to its low-cost subsidiary Citilink will instead be operated by the mainline carrier.

A spokesman for the carrier says the aircraft will fly under the Garuda brand. The aircraft will operate feeder services on its domestic network, and in the growing eastern regions of Indonesia.

Garuda has not yet announced if it will establish a strategic business unit within the organisation to operate the turboprops, but chief executive Emirsyah Satar said in an earlier interview that it is “leaving the option open”.

Earlier this month, Garuda signed an agreement to lease 25 ATR 72-600s from Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC), and will take delivery of the type from the fourth quarter of this year. The first two aircraft could arrive as early as October or November, the spokesman adds.