Garuda Indonesia Airlines (GA) is the national airline of Indonesia. The airline has been named after the mystical bird Garuda which has its mention in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. Garuda Indonesia Airlines has its headquarters located at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, near Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia). Most of the shares of Garuda Indonesia Airlines are owned by the government of Indonesia. Soekarno-Hatta International Airport is the main hub of the airline, and it also has a hub at Ngurah Rai International Airport, in Bali. As of December, 2010, about 5,807 people work for Garuda Indonesia Airlines.
Destination & Services
Garuda International Airlines operates 93,000 flights annually to a total of fifty destinations (19 international, 31 domestic) across Asia, Middle East, Europe, and Australia. Some of the important destinations covered by Garuda Indonesian Airlines are Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai in People's Republic of China, Nagoya, Tokyo, Osaka in Japan, Seoul in South Korea, Java, Kalimantan, Lesser Sunda Islands, Maluku Islands, Papua, Sulawesi, Sumatra in Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Singapore, Bangkok in Thailand, Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam in Saudi Arabia, Dubai in United Arab Airlines, Amsterdam in Netherlands, and Melbourne, Perth and Sydney in Australia. Garuda Indonesia is a complete-service airline. The class configuration includes Executive Class, and Economy Class
As of December, 2010, the fleet of Garuda Indonesia Airline consisted of total of 94 aircrafts, with an average age of 9.1 years. Specifically, there are 6 Airbus A330-200, 6 Airbus A330-300, 6 Airbus A330-300, 11 Boeing 737-300, 18 Boeing 737-400, 5 Boeing 737-500, 45 Boeing 737-800, and 3 Boeing 747-400.
The Baggage Allowance regulation of Garuda Indonesia gives 30 kilograms of free luggage allowance for Executive Class passengers, and 20 kilograms allowance for Economy Class passengers. The airline also allows free carry-on items, which must fit in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of the passenger.
Awards & Recognition
Garuda Indonesia received the Four-Star Airline Award in 2010 by Skytrax. The airline also received Indonesia Best Brand Award by Best Brand Platinum, in the year 2010.
Garuda Indonesia Airlines History
The history of Garuda Indonesia Airlines is very closely connected to the history of the nation, and their struggle for independence. The airline first started in the year 1949 and has been in business for more than 60 years. January 26th, 1949 is recognized as Garuda Indonesia Airlines founding date. The first aircraft was DC-3 and was bought for a sum of 120,000 Malayan dollars. In the 1960s the airline grew significantly, and the fleet in 1960 comprised of 8 Convair 240s, 8 Convair 440s, and 8 Convair 340s. In 1970 to 1980, the airline introduced new airlines in its fleet, such as Fokker F28 and McDonnell Douglas DC-9 jets. As the national flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia Airlines stood by the country throughout the times of change, providing safe, reliable, and comfortable air transport services.
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