Citilink, the low cost unit of Garuda Indonesia, has taken delivery of its first A320neo at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France, on the 24th of February 2017. The aircraft is the first of 35 A320neo set to enter service with the carrier.

Citilink has selected CFM Leap-1A engines to power its A320neo fleet, which will be operated on its domestic network, and new international services to China and the Middle East.

Mega Satria, acting CEO of Citilink, said: "We will use them for medium-length routes like to Eastern Indonesia, to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and to Shanghai."

Seating 180 passengers in a single class layout, the A320neo joins an existing fleet of 44 A320ceo aircraft flying with the carrier.

The CEO of Indonesian LCC Citilink Albert Burhan has resigned from his position on the 30th of December 2016, just 2 days after the incident involving the airline’s pilot who was allegedly drunk prior to takeoff. Citilink Chief Operating Officer Hadinoto Soedigno has also resigned following the CEO’s decision.

The A320neo “new engine option” incorporates many innovations, including latest generation engines and large Sharklet wing-tip devices, which together deliver more than 15% in fuel savings compared to the current A320ceo.

The Jakarta-based airline currently operates flights to 27 destinations with a frequency of more than 234 flights per day.