Garuda Indonesia launches Flights to Amsterdam via Dubai

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Thursday, 3 June 2010

Indonesias national airline, Garuda Indonesia, has taken the first step in rebuilding its long-haul international network with the launch of a new daily service from Jakarta to Amsterdam via Dubai.

 Amsterdam is the first of several major European destinations which Garuda Indonesia intends to add to its fast-growing network over the next four years, including Frankfurt, London, Paris and Rome.

Garudas re-entry into Amsterdam, after an absence of almost six years, marks a significant step forward in the airlines global expansion strategy. The airline also becomes the first Indonesian airline to reopen flights to Europe after the European Unions (E.U) ban prohibiting Indonesian carriers from operating in European airspace was lifted in July last year.

Europe will play an integral role in our five-year Quantum Leap strategy which includes growing our international network as well as developing new concepts for both business and leisure travel. Establishing a strong presence in Amsterdam and the rest of Europe is an important element in meeting these growth targets, said Emirsyah Satar, President and CEO, Garuda Indonesia. Were also planning to launch an Initial Public Offering (IPO) before the end of this year and our return to Europe is pivotal in determining the success of the IPO. We want to raise approximately US$300 million to support these long-term growth plans.

The daily service operates from Jakartas Soekarno-Hatta International Airport using the airlines technically advanced 222-seater Airbus A330-200 aircraft with a two-class configuration - carrying 36 passengers in Executive Class and 186 in Economy Class. In Executive Class the aircraft offers fully reclining flat bed seats with 74 inch seat pitch. The aircraft also features individual touch-screen LCD screens in all classes; state-of-art in-flight entertainment systems with touch-screen Audio & Video On Demand (AVOD) delivering a choice of 25 feature films, 250 audio tracks and 25 video games.

Flight GA88 takes-off from Jakarta everyday at 20:40, arriving in Dubai at 02:00. It departs again at 03:15, arriving in Amsterdams Schiphol airport at 08:00 the next day. The return flight departs Amsterdam at 11:00, arriving in Dubai at 19:30. The same aircraft departs again at 20:30, arriving in Jakarta at 07:55.

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