On Friday, 30 May 2014 Garuda Indonesia made history when the airline officially launched the Jakarta-Amsterdam Non-Stop Flight. Before this, Garuda served the route with one stopover in Abu Dhabi using A330 aircraft.
Today this direct Indonesia-Europe vv flight is served by the brand new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, capable of flying 15 hours non-stop covering the distance of 14,500 kilometers.
The flight is available 5 days a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays. Flight GA 088 departs Jakarta at 00.55 hrs local time and arrives in Amsterdam at 09.40 local time, while GA 089 leaves Amsterdam at 09.40 local time and arrives Jakarta at 07.15 local time.
President and CEO of Garuda Indonesia, Emirsyah Satar, stated that the new Jakarta – Amsterdam non-stop service is aligned with Garuda’s entry into the SkyTeam global alliance that started on 5th March 2014.
“Following Garuda’s official joining the SkyTeam, opportunities presented by the established SkyTeam hub at Amsterdam are too significant to pass up, as it will be an alternative gateway for passengers who wish to travel beyond Europe”, mentioned the airline’s press release at www.garuda-indonesia.com .
Furthermore, starting 8th September 2014, the Jakarta – Amsterdam non-stop flight will be connected with Garuda Indonesia’s newest service to Gatwick Airport in London. Garuda Indonesia will be operating both Jakarta – Amsterdam and Jakarta – Amsterdam – London five times per week with the airline’s Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which features a full 3-class cabin configuration with its globally-praised First Class, brand new Business Class service concept, and the world’s best Economy Class Skytrax global airline awards
Meanwhile, Jakarta, metropolitan capital of Indonesia and the main hub to the wonders of the archipelago, has grown even closer to Europe through increased connectivity, when Lufthansa, Germany’s flag carrier and largest airline in Europe, resumed the airline’s Jakarta-Frankfurt flight route.
Previously closed since October 2014, Lufthansa officially relaunched its Jakarta-Frankfurt route when on 1st June 2014 its inaugural flight landed smoothly at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.
Jakarta-Frankfurt is served by Airbus 1340 which offers 42 seats in Business Class and 225 seats in Economy. The route is served five times a week from Jakarta to Europe through Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
“We have invested greatly in order to increase our product and service quality for our market in Indonesia. The new flight offers business class and brand new seats. Indonesia is the first market in Asia to receive our best products, whether it is for business or vacation trips” stated Leandro Tonidandel, Lufthansa’s Country Manager for Indonesia in his press release as quoted by kompas.com.
The route was first established in 1967 and has connected Indonesia and Germany in many aspects including in economy, social, culture, technology, as well as in business, and tourism. This year, Lufthansa projects to serve over 50,000 passengers mainly from the Southeast Asian region.
The re-opening of the route is expected to boost tourism to Indonesia and strengthen cultural and business relations between European countries and Indonesia.
Meantime,further expanding its connectivity, this year, Garuda Indonesia will open other new international routes including to Manila (the Philippines) and Mumbai (India).
To support the expansion of its networks, this year Garuda Indonesia will add its fleet with 27 new aircraft consisting of 2 Boeing 777-300 ER, 4 Airbus A330, 12 Boeing 737-800NG, 3 Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen, and 6 ATR72-600.