Indonesia’s national carrier the Garuda Indonesia has announced that they are going to operate a direct flight from Jakarta to London starting in the fourth quarter of 2013. The direct flight is to be operated between Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta and London’s Gatwick Airport and will serve nearly 1900 passengers per week in six weekly flights. The flight will be operated using the recently acquired Boeing 777-300 which can accommodate a total of 314 passengers taking the First, Executive and the Economy classes taken together.
This new route between Soekarno-Hatta and Gatwick will be complimenting the Jakarta – Abu Dhabi – Amsterdam route that Garuda Indonesia currently operates. Garuda Indonesia is currently putting in place the Quantum Leap Program that is aimed at transforming the airlines and making it a major international player. Both the Jakarta – Abu Dhabi – Amsterdam and Jakarta – London route are in fact aimed at accomplishing that objective.
Garuda Indonesia’s President and CEO, Mr. Emirsyah Satar mentioned on the occasion that the direct connection between Jakarta and London will be a big convenience for passengers of this route. The fact that the service will be operated on state of the art new Boeing 777-300s makes it even more special for the passengers. As a part of the in-flight offerings they will be able to enjoy Wi-Fi and for passengers of the First Class, a chef will be present on board to conjure fresh delicacies for them.
He also mentioned that the airport at Gatwick was chosen ahead of others in London because of its convenient location, excellent connections and accessibility options to fly to other destinations in Europe or beyond.
Also speaking on the occasion British Prime Minister David Cameron mentioned that it has always remained a priority to link up Britain with the emerging economies of the world and having a reliable and trusted air link is an important pre-requisite for that. The new direct flight between Jakarta and London will allow British businessmen to have a hassle-free direct connection and stay a step ahead in the global race.
Garuda Indonesia has been expanding its wings on to new routes this year via codeshare agreements with other international airlines. Chief among those partnerships have been the one with Etihad Airways. This has helped them to offer a smooth connection to seven major destinations in Europe.