Airhub to provide Garuda Indonesia with A330

A Garuda A330 taxis in after landing.
DmitriyPichugin (GFDL 1.2 or GFDL 1.2), via Wikimedia Commons

Announced May 26, Maltese ACMI operator Airhub will provide one Airbus A330-300 to the renowned national flag carrier of Indonesia, Garuda Indonesia (GA).

The provision of the A330 will assist and facilitate the transportation of pilgrims this Hajj season. The aircraft will operate between Banjarmasin, Indonesia, Jeddah and Medina, Saudi Arabia.

The aircraft provision

The aircraft to be provisioned to Garuda Indonesia will be Airhub’s A330-300 registered 9H-LEON (MSN 769), a 1.6 year-old airframe which started its life with China Airlines (CI) in 2008.

It has previously also been active with Lithuanian ACMI operator GetJet Airlines (GW) after being withdrawn from use with China Airlines in 2018. The aircraft was withdrawn from use again in 2022, and was later slated to operate for Airhub Airlines in Malta.

The partnership between the two companies will assist the transportation of pilgrims during the Hajj season.

The A330 will, as mentioned, operate between Indonesia’s Syamsudin Noor International Airport (BDJ), King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED), as well as Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport (MED) within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The new aircraft will operate for Garuda Indonesia (GA) from 29 May until 3 August, 2023.


Airhub Airlines Chief Executive Officer, Haris Coloman, stated the following on the agreement: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Garuda Indonesia.”

“Our collaboration with Garuda is a testament to Airhub Airlines’ commitment to enhancing our global reach, encompassing various regions, including Africa, South America, Europe, and now Southeast Asia.”

“Our team looks forward to welcoming the Indonesian pilgrims on board during this Hajj season, and hopefully contributing to a memorable pilgrimage experience”

With these operations, Airhub Airlines have secured the GACAR part-129 approval from the General Authority of Civil Aviation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in early March.

The airline has since set its vision on a greater expansion in the Asian region. The carrier is poised to expand its presence within the region, as demand for wet-lease capacity across the continent continues to grow.

About Airhub

Founded in 2019, and based at Luqa, Malta (MLA), Airhub Airlines is a subsidiary of GetJet. Airhub received their Air Operating Certificate (AOC) in July of 2020, and started operations in August the same year.

The airline specifically, is a cargo and charter airline that flies charter and cargo to destinations around the world with their own leased, or operated aircraft for other airlines.

The airline contains a fleet of six aircraft, measured across Airbus A320, A330-200/300 and the Airbus A330-900neo – the youngest Maltese registered widebody airliner.

About Garuda Indonesia

Garuda Indonesia is the national flag carrier airline of Indonesia. It was founded in 1949 and is headquartered in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The airline operates scheduled domestic and international flights to over 90 destinations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.

Garuda Indonesia has been a member of the SkyTeam alliance since 2014, which enables it to offer a wider network of destinations and seamless connectivity to passengers.

The airline has won numerous awards for its service, including being named the World’s Best Cabin Crew by Skytrax for five consecutive years from 2014 to 2018. Garuda has also been recognized for its commitment to sustainability and social responsibility.

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