Thursday, June 23, 2016

Garuda Indonesia Plans to Fly to USA in 2017

National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has announced plans to resume flights to the USA in 2017, once certified as meeting category-one air safety standards of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, the CEO of Garuda Indonesia, Arif Wibowo, said on Wednesday, June 15, 2016: “Next year we will try (to fly to the USA) because it is part of our five year plan. If we can go sooner, we will.”

Arif said there is a potential market of 400,000 passengers a years from the USA market to Indonesia.

He said the USA destinations with the greatest potential for Indonesian tourism are Los Angeles and New York.

Adding, “Los Angeles alone has the potential for 120,000 passengers and New York has been examined and has an even greater potential.”

The flight will transit at Narita, Japan and be flown by Boeing 777 wide-body aircraft.

“We would like direct flights, but that is not yet possible, so the option is to transit Narita, Japan,” he said.

In a separate forum, the Director-General of Air Communications for the Ministry of Transportation said the results of a FAA safety audit would be published at the latest in July. Government aviation authorities are optimistic that the FAA will issue a report favorable of Garuda Indonesia’s operations.

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