Airbus lands Indonesian order

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Indonesia’s flag carrier Garuda is to buy 11 Airbus A330 passenger jets.

The deal was signed during a visit by British Prime Minister David Cameron aimed at boosting trade and investment; the planes wings are made in the UK and they will have Rolls-Royce engines.

Garuda’ plans to use the new planes to expand routes in Asia-Pacific, including to China, South Korea and Australia.

The Airbus jets will increase by two-thirds the number of long-haul A330s already delivered to Garuda or on order from the airline.

Its main domestic rival Lion Air in February signed a record $22 billion deal for planes from Boeing.

Indonesia is seeing a rapidly expanding aviation sector as a growing middle class, and business executives, opt to travel by air across the huge archipelago of 17,000 islands.