Garuda is one of those airlines where its nearly impossible to keep track of orders, and even once you have figured out what the airline exactly has on order with a manufacturer, the actual number of airplanes and the variants of a type actually delivered rarely agrees with what was ordered in the first place. (Phillippine Airlines is another one of those carrires where its very difficult to track orders and fleet.) Its unclear exactly why this is the case - financial issues, governmental issues, political climate and the like seem to effect orders and delivery of new aircarft. AIrcraft orders at Garuda seem to be announced, finalized, then revised, deferred, renegotiated and frequently cancelled so often.
Unless and until Boeing makes some type of announcement about a new Garuda order or a revision of existing Garuda orders, we really dont know what it going on. Garuda currently has outstanding orders for 777s (ordered but deferred...at some point this order must be addressed), 787s (was the order ever finalized?....I am not convinced that the UFO order for ten 787s on Boeings books is for Garuda), 73Gs (18 airframes...but Boeing has been using the 73G category for 737NGs that are ordered but the variant selection has not yet finalized....think CO
, for example, so the 18 73Gs could end up being 18 738s), and now 738s (25 new orders or does the 25 now announced by GA
incorporate the 18 airplanes announced a while ago?) There is a lot going on here, and we are talking about a lot of airframes.....up to 53 airplanes not including the 777s....its unlikely that Garuda is in the position to acquire so many new airplanes.
My guess.....and its only a guess:
Garuda is ordering 25 738s in total and will order 10 787s in total...making 35 new airplanes. Everything else that was previously announced will be incorporated into this one order and Boeing will then clean up its books and records. If the 35 airplanes actually get delivered to Garuda is a whole other story.