• Garuda will axe its London Boeing 777-300ER flights

    Garuda Indonesia will pull the plug on its non-stop flights between Jakarta and London in October, as the airline looks to stem the flow of red ink across its balance sheets. As of October 28 2018, Garuda's sole European destination will be Amsterdam, with flights operating six times a week. Sky...

    POSTED 31 Aug, 2018 38 Comments

  • Garuda finally launches non-stop Jakarta-London flights

    Garuda Indonesia has finally upgraded its Jakarta-London route to a non-stop service, although cost-cutting measures could see the airline abandon first class on its flagship Boeing 777-300ER jets which ply the route. The SkyTeam member previously flew the Jakarta-London leg via Singapore, ...

    POSTED 10 Nov, 2017 13 Comments

  • The best business class on Sydney-Jakarta flights

    UPDATE | Singapore Airlines' plans to launch Sydney-Jakarta-Singapore flights have been paused following a decision by the Indonesian government to withdraw its approval for the new route. Read more: Singapore Airlines defers Sydney-Jakarta-Singapore route launch   PREVIOUS | Flying betwe...

    POSTED 26 Oct, 2016 11 Comments

  • Garuda gets new business class for Airbus A330s

    Garuda Indonesia's all-new international business class takes flight on its equally new Airbus A330-300 this month. The SkyTeam member airline is upgrading from today's 2-2-2 business class seating arrangement to a more passenger-friendly 1-2-1 layout – specifically, the Super Diamond desi...

    POSTED 2 Feb, 2016 27 Comments

  • Garuda begins direct London-Jakarta flights, switches to Heathrow

    Garuda Indonesia will begin direct flights from London's Heathrow Airport to Jakarta on March 31, ditching the current stop-over in Amsterdam and also shifting from London's Gatwick Airport in favour of the Heathrow hub. However, there'll now be stop-over in Singapore on the outbound Jakarta-Lon...

    POSTED 1 Feb, 2016 19 Comments

  • Garuda looks to Boeing 787-9, Airbus A350 for fleet expansion

    Garuda Indonesia plans to modernise its fleet with 30 Boeing 787-9s and another 30 Airbus A350s, along with up to 30 of Boeing's next-gen 737 MAX 8s. The announcement comes on top of the airline’s ‘intent to order’ a further 50 Boeing 737 MAX 8s in October last year. ...

    POSTED 15 Jun, 2015 12 Comments

  • Garuda Indonesia trims London flights, boosts Amsterdam

    SkyTeam alliance member Garuda Indonesia will reduce its flights between Jakarta and London Gatwick in favour of additional flights to Amsterdam. From July 22, Garuda’s London services drop from five-times-weekly via Amsterdam to three-times-weekly, and retain the Dutch detour in each dire...

    POSTED 11 Jun, 2015 14 Comments

  • SkyTeam launches

    The global SkyTeam airline alliance now offers a ‘Go Round Asia and South West Pacific’ pass, which allows travellers to jet around these regions on a single, discounted ticket. What you’ll pay depends on how far you fly, with tickets broken up into three bands – 13,000 m...

    POSTED 12 Aug, 2014 5 Comments

  • Friday's frequent flyer wrap

    Fancy upgrading to business class with Virgin Australia for just $18.75 on a Sydney-Melbourne or Sydney-Brisbane flight? How about jetting to Hong Kong, Singapore or Shanghai and back with Qantas for only $1,703 in business class? That’s all covered in this week’s frequent...

    POSTED 8 Aug, 2014 3 Comments

  • The GarudaMiles rewards scheme for Aussie flyers

    As a member of the global SkyTeam airline alliance, Garuda Indonesia is independent of both Qantas and Virgin Australia, which means you can’t earn points on Garuda flights through an Australian loyalty program. Instead, look towards GarudaMiles for flights to the airline’s hub in In...

    POSTED 5 Aug, 2014 1 Comment

  • Hilton HHonors partners with Garuda Indonesia

    Hilton HHonors has added Garuda Indonesia to its roster of airline partners, allowing travellers to earn Garuda miles on hotel stays. Members of GarudaMiles and Hilton HHonors can amass both hotel points and airline miles whenever staying at one of over 4,100 hotels, including at brands like Hil...

    POSTED 1 Jul, 2014 0 Comments

  • Why Garuda grounded plans for Airbus A380, Boeing 747-8

    Garuda Indonesia says that the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8 are ‘off our roadmap because of economic reasons’ as the airline leans towards fuel-efficient twin-engine jets like the Boeing 777X, Boeing 787 and Airbus A350. In July 2013 Garuda CEO Emirsyah Satar said the Indonesian flag...

    POSTED 25 Mar, 2014 12 Comments

  • Garuda: new Diamond tier in rebranded Garuda Miles frequent flyer scheme

    Garuda Indonesia will relaunch its Garuda Frequent Flyer (GFF) program this month, introducing a new top Diamond tier and online award redemptions as part of a rebrand to Garuda Miles. However, the airline is also considering shifting the scheme’s earnings to reflect the cost of tickets ra...

    POSTED 17 Mar, 2014 0 Comments

  • Garuda joins SkyTeam alliance

    Garuda Indonesia joins the SkyTeam alliance today as the airline continues its push towards the centre of global stage. It’s a road which the airline must take one step at a time, says Garuda Indonesia CEO Emirsyah Satar, but his goal is for Garuda “to become one of the best air...

    POSTED 6 Mar, 2014 1 Comment

  • Garuda and SkyTeam: how your frequent flyer status stacks up

    With Garuda Indonesia now in the ranks of the SkyTeam alliance, the Garuda Frequent Flyer (GFF) scheme now offers reciprocal privileges with the loyalty schemes of the 19 other airlines through SkyTeam’s Elite and Elite Plus status ranks. That includes the six currently flying in Australia...

    POSTED 5 Mar, 2014 2 Comments

  • Garuda to order Boeing 787, Airbus A350 or Boeing 777X "this year"

    Garuda Indonesia expects to decide on the next generation of its international fleet by the end of of this year with the Boeing 787, Airbus A350 and Boeing 777X all in the mix. “We are looking at the Dreamliner compared to the (Airbus) A350, and we are looking at the A350-1000 compared to ...

    POSTED 5 Mar, 2014 2 Comments

  • Garuda to begin direct flights to Amsterdam in May

    UPDATE | Garuda has abandoned plans for a direct Jakarta-London Boeing 777-300ER service in favour of non-stop flights from Jakarta to Amsterdam, which are scheduled to commence on May 30. Click here for more details. PREVIOUS | Garuda Indonesia plans to launch direct flights between Jakart...

    POSTED 5 Mar, 2014 4 Comments

  • Garuda: May 28 debut for new Boeing 777 first class on Sydney-London

    Garuda to launch Jakarta-London Boeing 777 flights on May 28 Sydney-Jakarta service upgraded to Boeing 777 Flights to challenge Qantas for 'Kangaroo Route' passengers Garuda Indonesia will begin its delayed Jakarta-London Boeing 777 service on May 28, with the Sydney-Jakarta leg also ...

    POSTED 23 Jan, 2014 19 Comments

  • Garuda Indonesia boosts baggage allowances

    Garuda Indonesia is improving the checked baggage allowance for customers across all cabin classes, with travellers set to receive an additional 10kg across the airline’s global network. The changes take place immediately, mirroring the allowances already provided on flights to and from Au...

    POSTED 19 Nov, 2013 1 Comment

  • Garuda pushes back Sydney's Boeing 777 launch

    Garuda Indonesia has quietly axed plans to bring its new Boeing 777-300ER to Sydney next month, pushing the big bird's Australian debut back to mid-2014. It's the third setback for the airline's newest flagship, which reintroduces first class to the Garuda fleet along with a revamped business cl...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2013 1 Comment

  • Garuda flicks the switch on inflight Internet, live TV

    Garuda Indonesia is now serving up sky-high Internet access plus live TV on its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, with Australian travellers able to enjoy the service when the big bird begins flying on the Sydney-Jakarta route in the middle of next year. The state-of-the-art satellite system from&...

    POSTED 15 Oct, 2013 4 Comments

  • Flight test: Garuda

    We’re always on the look-out for ways to streamline business travel, and Garuda Indonesia’s inflight immigration service certainly ticks that box. Currently available on Garuda flights to Jakarta from Sydney – along with Shanghai, Tokyo and Osaka – it’s the quickest...

    POSTED 4 Sep, 2013 10 Comments

  • Garuda postpones new London Boeing 777 service to May 2014

    Garuda Indonesia has postponed the launch of its Jakarta-London flights to May 2014, a delay of six months from the previously-planned date of November 2 this year. The route was intended to showcase Garuda's factory-fresh flagship Boeing 777-300ER and its new first class suites, and spearh...

    POSTED 1 Aug, 2013 9 Comments

  • Sydney Airport to get SkyTeam lounge this year

    Australia’s SkyTeam member airlines will join forces in opening a new lounge in Sydney Airport this year. Modelled on the same lines as SkyTeam’s flagship lounge at London's Heathrow Terminal 4 (and shown in the photos on this page), the facility will carry the SkyTeam brand of the S...

    POSTED 3 Jul, 2013 4 Comments

  • Garuda: big plans for its Boeing 777-300ER

    Garuda will use its new Boeing 777-300ER fleet to drive a ‘quantum leap’ aimed to transform the Indonesian flag-carrier into one of world’s leading airlines. That’s a big call, even for Boeing’s big bird, but Garuda Indonesia CEO Emirsyah Satar is a man wi...

    POSTED 3 Jul, 2013 17 Comments

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