Garuda Indonesia today launched the Jakarta – Amsterdam direct route following its entrance into the SkyTeam global airline alliance in March 2014. Garuda Indonesia is making a number of changes to its plans to reflect its commitment to the alliance to allow its customers to make maximum use of the many benefits it brings. The first major change is that Garuda Indonesia has decided to make Amsterdam, The Netherlands, its hub for Europe and beyond.
Garuda has been flying to Amsterdam already since 1963. In order to make this hub effective and most convenient for its customers, Garuda starts flying direct five times per week between Jakarta and Amsterdam starting today. The new flight is using its brand new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which is capable of flying up to 14,500 kilometres and 15 hours non-stop. Previously, Garuda Indonesia served the Jakarta - Amsterdam flight with a stopover in Abu Dhabi using Airbus A330 aircraft.
This product will be the first-ever commercial non-stop flight between Indonesia and The Netherlands and is sure to be the most convenient and comfortable way for anyone flying between the two countries. The new service will shorten passengers’ travel time from Jakarta to Amsterdam and vice versa to less than 14 hours, whilst also providing the fastest connection not only between Indonesia and the Netherlands, but also Southeast Asia and Europe.
The inauguration of Jakarta – Amsterdam non-stop service is in-line with the airline’s effort to offer seamless connectivity on either end to over 60 destinations in Indonesia and Australasia as well as all major destinations in Europe and beyond through the combined extensive networks of Garuda Indonesia and the SkyTeam member airlines.
President & CEO of Garuda Indonesia, Emirsyah Satar, commented that the initial Jakarta – Amsterdam non-stop service is also aligned with Garuda’s entry into the SkyTeam global alliance on 5 March 2014. “Following Garuda’s official joining of the SkyTeam, the opportunities presented by the established SkyTeam hub at Amsterdam are too significant to pass up, as it will be an alternative gateway for passengers who wish to travel beyond Europe. They will be able to choose from 1,064 destinations in 178 countries served by the SkyTeam member airlines.”
Business and leisure passengers will be able to fly non-stop between Indonesia and the Netherlands five times per week. The flight will depart from Jakarta (GA088) at 00.55 Local Time (LT) and arrive in Amsterdam at 09.40 LT. Meanwhile, the return flight from Amsterdam (GA089) will leave at 12.35 LT and arrive in Jakarta at 07.15 LT.
With the operation of Jakarta – Amsterdam non-stop flight, Garuda Indonesia will leave Abu Dhabi and optimise its code share agreement with Etihad Airways, following the codeshare agreement with the United Arab Emirates carrier signed in October 2011. (BreakingTravelNews)