Garuda Indonesia is the national airline of Indonesia. Named after the holy bird Garuda of Hinduism, from the national emblem of Indonesia. The airline is now one of the world’s leading airline and the 20th member of the airline alliance: SkyTeam. The airline operates regularly scheduled flights to a large number of destinations in Southeast Asia, East Asia, Australia and Europe; from its main hub in Jakarta, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, as well as services to Australia and Asia from Ngurah Rai International Airport–situated in Bali, Indonesia, and a large number of domestic flights from both Sultan Hasanuddin in Makassar, Indonesia and Kualanamu International Airport in Medan.
Origins and Ownership
The 26h of January in 1949 is generally recognized as the airline’s founding date. Though the earliest predecessor of Garuda Indonesia was KNILM: Royal Dutch Indies Airlines, which was founded in 1928. Garuda Indonesia had its beginnings in the Indonesian War of Independence against the Dutch in the late 1940s. The first commercial flight from Calcutta to Rangoon was made on January 26th 1949, making it as the airline’s founding date.
At its peak in the late 1980’s up to the mid-1990’s, Garuda Indonesia operated an extensive network of flights all over the world, with regular scheduled flights to Los Angeles, Paris, Rome and other cities in Europe and Asia. Until a series of financial operations hit hard the airline, causing it to drastically cut back services in 2009. Garuda Indonesia took a Quantum Leap, a modernization plan which took five years to complete. The modernization overhauled the airline’s brand, livery, logo, and uniforms, as well as newer–more modern aircraft and facilities, and a renewed focus on international markets; making them earned the Most Improved Airline and World’s Best Cabin Crew Award.
What people are saying
I wasn’t even surprised when I stumbled upon these hundreds and hundreds of positive reviews coming from the airline’s passengers. Reading them and searching for photos online just for reference, really convinced me that Garuda Indonesia really deserve these reviews. Here are some of the reviews I’ve read.
“I was very surprise to see such a big aircraft for a 1h30 flight. All wqas perfect from take off to landing. Service was very attentive and professional, cabin was pleasant and the available entertainment programme was excellent. Food was ok considering that we only had litlle time, they served us a full hot meal!”
—REGR_10 (Vevey, Switzerland)
“I’m a frequent flyer of Garuda Indonesia..I could tell you that choosing GIA will cost more for your pocket but if you looking for an excellent services of the flight attendant service on board, the baggage handling, the profesional and skillful Pilot and of course the comfyness on your trip. You better shut your eyes down from other airlines and pick GIA as your flying partner.Was very satisfy with all came with Garuda, even that your flight had to be delayed they will take it care profesionally and keep the excellent service for the passenger. I never meet such an impolite crew (ground & board) and hope they never have this kind of crew… You won’t regret to cost more because GIA worth for it.”
A very compact website, which allows users to book a flight and choose their desired cabin class. It’s a very informative website filled with tabs and panels and colorful decorations. You can visit Garuda Indonesia’s website, by clicking this link.
- Website URL: www.garuda-indonesia.com
- Contact number: +62 21 2351 9999
- Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax Number: +62 21 5795 0922
- Head Office Address: Management Building, 3d Floor Soekamo-Hatta International Airport, Cengkareng, Jakarta, 19120, Indonesia
Their modernization really paid off, as countless positive reviews coming from their passengers are being given to Garuda Indonesia, the airline that provides superb accommodation and facilities and professional assistance from their crew. Making each passenger feel the convenience of flying in the Airline of Indonesia.