Garuda Indonesia has wet leased an Air Austral Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and deployed it on the Jakarta-Jeddah route.
"This [wet lease] is just a bridging measure to fill additional capacity for Umrah [a minor pilgrimage to Mecca] until our 777s arrive in June", the airline says. It declined to, however, further elaborate on reasons for the wet lease.
The aircraft, with registration F-OSYD, began its lease on 1 April, the airline says, adding that it will end on 30 June.
Indonesia's flag carrier adds that it does not foresee any impact from the wet lease on its fleet, and is on track to receive its first 777-300ER aircraft in June.
Garuda's 777s will have 314 seats in a three-class configuration - eight in first, 38 in business and 268 in economy. It also expects to receive three more of the type in July and October.