Garuda to launch Jakarta-London Boeing 777 flights on May 28
Garuda Indonesia will begin its delayed Jakarta-London Boeing 777 service on May 28, with the Sydney-Jakarta leg also being upgraded to a Boeing 777-300ER jet featuring the airline's new first class cabin.
Garuda's entry into the SkyTeam alliance on March 5 could also increase the airline's appeal.
The Boeing 777-300ER contains eight of Garuda’s first class suites, which are the only first class offering in Garuda’s fleet.
This video from Garuda presents the highlights of its Boeing 777-300ER passenger experience.
Garuda Indonesia will join the SkyTeam airline alliance next month, boosting the group's membership to 20 airlines.Garuda will be the seventh SkyTeam airline in Australian skies alongside China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Korean Air and Vietnam Airlines.“Garuda Indonesia’s domestic and growing international network will give SkyTeam a footprint in Indonesia as we strengthen our presence in the Southeast Asia region” said SkyTeam managing director Michael Wisbrun.
Asia is a prize market for airline alliances seeking to expand their scope, as well as their appeal to business travelers and frequent flyers.
Garuda's entry into SkyTeam is part of the Indonesian flag-carrier’s continued push into the premium travel market.