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Garuda to retire Boeing 747-400s

VOI NEWS, 12:00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7, 10-10-2017

National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia announced on Monday, October 9th 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 October 6th from Medina in Saudi Arabia to Makassar. The statement added that 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. 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//   Voi.JP


Jakarta-owned hotel to undergo renovation ahead of Asian Games

Betawi culture ornaments will beautify 180 rooms of city-owned Grand Cempaka Hotel in Central Jakarta where athletes and match officials will stay during next year’s Asian Games. City-owned hotel management PT Jakarta Tourisindo (Jaktour) operational director Iskandar Zulkarnain said on Monday that the company is set to renovate the rooms to make it more comfortable for guests. He recently said in Jakarta that the management will beautify the rooms with Betawi’s culture ornaments. It has proposed its business plan to the city administration as a stakeholder. The management is grateful that both executives and legislators support the plan. Iskandar said that the company had proposed 50 billion Rupiah or 3.7 millionUSD in a regional investment scheme (PMD) to fund the renovation. The renovation is scheduled to finish before the kick off of the quadrennial sporting event, which is slated for August 18 to September 2, 2018. The company has also proposed that Hotel Arcici Sunter in North Jakarta be used during the games, which is expected to attract 20,000 people to Jakarta//    Voi.JP


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