Garuda Indonesia has completed a sale-leaseback deal with Kuwait-based aircraft leasing company Alafco for two Boeing 777-300ERs.

These two aircraft will be delivered in June and July, and will go into operation in July so Garuda can replace its aging Boeing 747-400s on the Jakarta-Jeddah route, according to airline oficials.

The Indonesian national carrier has 10 777-300ERs on order; these two aircraft are the first to be delivered. Garuda says another two 777s will arrive during the fourth quarter and will be used to launch a Sydney-Jakarta-London Gatwick service. At this stage, the carrier is not disclosing who it has made sale-leaseback deals with for the other 777s.

The airline’s 777s will have a three-class configuration, including first, business and economy-class sections. The aircraft will also have back-of-seat inflight entertainment systems from Panasonic.

In a separate development, Indonesia’s minister for state-owned enterprises, Dahlan Iskan, has told local media that Erik Meijer, chief commercial officer of telecoms giant IndoSat, is about to become commercial director of Garuda, replacing Elisa Lumbantoruan.