Garuda has deployed 15 large aircraft to transport Indonesian Hajj pilgrims.
National carrier Garuda Indonesia is deploying 15 of its largest planes to fly more than 114,000 hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.
A Garuda spokesman said that a fleet of: nine Airbus A330-300s, four Boeing 747s, one Boeing 767-300ER and one Boeing B 777-200 would carry the pilgrims on 302 flights, leaving Indonesia from 10 airports between Octbober 23rd 2009 and November 21st. The airline will fly them back between December 2nd, 2009, and Jan. 1st 2010. All the aircraft being used are less than 10 years old, having been manufactured since 1990 and Garuda had assigned 770 cabin crew from various regions across the country who speak local dialects to accommodate any pilgrims who do not speak Indonesian.