Indonesia’s national carrier, Garuda Indonesia, will launch a daily non-stop service from Jakarta to Dubai and on to Amsterdam from 1 June 2010. The airline will operate the new long-haul service with its technically advanced 222-seat Airbus A330-200s, which features Garuda Indonesia’s new ‘Nature’s Wing’ livery, signature interior and upgraded on-board service.
The introduction of the Jakarta-Dubai-Amsterdam route marks a significant step forward in the airline’s global network expansion strategy.
“The Middle East will play an integral role in our ‘Quantum leap’ strategy, which includes growing our international network and increasing the number of departures by more than 300% to 1,222 a week by 2014,” said Emirsyah Satar, President and CEO, Garuda Indonesia.
“We have been flying to this region for over 50 years now and want to continue to grow a strong presence here. We’re also investing heavily in developing a service culture known as the ‘Garuda Indonesia Experience’, which combines warm Indonesian hospitality with quality service that emphasises on safety and comfort both in the air and on the ground,” added Satar.
Garuda Indonesia will operate from Soekarno Hatta airport to Dubai International Airport departing Jakarta at 21.00, arriving in Dubai at 02.00 local time. The same aircraft will then leave for Amsterdam at 03.15 and arrive at Schiphol airport at 08.00. The return service will leave Schiphol airport at 10.00 and arrive in Dubai at 18.30. The aircraft will then leave Dubai at 19.45 and arrive in Jakarta at 07.10 the following day allowing adequate transfer time for onward flights to other cities in Southeast Asia.
“Aside from the business travel market, Dubai is becoming an increasingly popular leisure destination for Dutch travellers looking for long-weekend getaways. This new service will help meet growing demand,” said Agus Priyanto, EVP Commercial, Garuda Indonesia.
The A330-200 features individual touch-screen LCD screens in all classes, state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system with Audio & Video on Demand (AVOD) with a choice of 25 feature films, 250 audio tracks and 25 video games.
In Executive Class, the aircraft has fully reclining flat beds with 74-seat inch pitch. The A330-200 will operate in a two-class configuration carrying 36 passengers in Executive Class and 186 in Economy Class.