The last 747 in the airline’s fleet, registered PK-GSH, operated its last flight on 6 October from Madinah to Makassar carrying Haj pilgrims, followed by a ferry flight from Makassar to Jakarta, says the SkyTeam carrier.
Garuda operated three 747-400s that were were equipped with 428 seats in two classes: 42 business and 386 in economy from 1994. Previously serving destinations including Amsterdam, Beijing, London and Singapore, more recently they’ve been used only on religious pilgrimage services to Saudi Arabia.
Two contracted Haj aircraft continue to fly under the Garuda brand abut are not owned or crewed by the airline. Overall 61 744’s have operated for Garuda at various times, though only four belonged to the airline and operated normal passenger services.