GMF completed A-Check and C-Check maintenance for six Garuda Indonesia’s A330-300 aircrafts for hajj pilgrims’ transportation in 2015. Conducted since July 2015, the maintenance comprises seat configuration by changing the entire seats to economy class. “Aircrafts for hajj pilgrims transportation had been operated since 15th August 2015,” said Agus Suryana, GM of Airbus Base Maintenance. During the hajj season 2015, Garuda Indonesia operates 11 aircrafts to take hajj pilgrims from Indonesia to the Holy City of Mecca.
Nine aircrafts including A330-300, B747-400, and B777-300 aircrafts are part of Garuda Indonesia’s fleet, whilst two other aircrafts are leased. “All the preparation and operation of the entire hajj flight aircrafts is handled directly by GMF,” he said.
The hajj pilgrimage transportation is an annual national tradition where Garuda is requested by the Indonesian government to provide the hajj transportation service. This year Garuda Indonesia will take 83,175 hajj pilgrims which are divided into 210 flight groups from 9 embarkations throughout Indonesia.