Garuda Indonesia says to return two Boeing jets to lessor

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FILE PHOTO: A technician rides a car as he passes Garuda Indonesia's Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane parked at the Garuda Maintenance Facility AeroAsia, at Soekarno-Hatta International airport near Jakarta

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia will return two Boeing B737-800 jets to one of its lessors before their lease term ends as part of its efforts to improve its finances, the airline said in a statement on Monday.

Garuda will seek a suspension of debt payments to creditors and lessors under a ‘standstill agreement’ in order to avoid bankruptcy, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to hit its income, a senior government official said last week.

(Reporting by Bernadette Christina Munthe; Writing by Fransiska Nangoy; Editing by Ed Davies)

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