Seattle - Garuda Indonesia took possession of the first of the fifty Boeing 737 MAX 8s expected.

On December 22, Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia received its first 737 MAX 8 at Boeing's Seattle facility before departing for its base at Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta Airport. In October 2014, Garuda Indonesia ordered fifty single-aisles, a contract estimated at $ 4.9 billion at list price, including four 737-800 convert from a previous order.

The aircraft will get into service in the coming weeks, but no route specified yet by the operator.

The SkyTeam alliance company to accommodate 8 or 12 passengers in Business class and 162 or 144 in Economy. Garuda Indonesia operates 73 737-800, as well as ten 777-300ER, 24 Airbus A330 -200 and -300, and at its regional subsidiary Explore sixteen ATR 72-600 and ten Bombardier CRJ1000. Its backlog has nine additional ATRs and fourteen A330-900neo.

Recall that two other Indonesian companies have already put the 737 MAX 8 in service, the low-cost Lion Air and its subsidiary Batik Air, the launch company.