On 19 August 2014, British Embassy Jakarta and Garuda Indonesia will host an event to celebrate the forthcoming launch of Garuda’s latest new route: Jakarta-London. Garuda will fly five times a week, with the very first flight departing on 8th of September, bringing more businessmen and tourists for the mutual benefit of Indonesia and the UK.
The Acting British Ambassador Rebecca Razavi said:
We are delighted with the new Garuda flight to London. This exciting announcement will improve further our already close relationship, boost business and tourism for both countries and will better link our two great capital cities: Jakarta and London.
Britain and Indonesia share many values as democratic island nations populated by people from many different backgrounds and religions. We look forward to welcoming more Indonesians to see these similarities for themselves. We hope you enjoy our beautiful countryside, watch our football, study at our prestigious universities and delight in the hospitality of the British people.
Garuda President Director Emirsyah Satar said:
The opening of the new service will boost business activities between Indonesia and the United Kingdom, whilst offering seamless connectivity to and from two regions, even more destinations in Garuda’s global and regional network. This will include the Asia Pacific region, as the flight will also be connected to the airline’s service from Jakarta to Australia, namely Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth.
Garuda Indonesia will serve the Jakarta – Amsterdam – London (vv) flight with its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft capable of carrying 314 passengers, with a seating configuration of 8 seats in First Class, 38 seats in Business Class, and 268 seats in Economy Class. The fleet is equipped with “Inflight Connectivity” facilities, including “WiFi Onboard” and “Live TV” services for passengers in all classes and a “chef on board” for “First Class” passengers.
Notes for Editors:
Indonesia is an important country to the UK. In June 2013, the demand for UK visas from Indonesia continued to increase with 12% increase in tourist visa applications and 9% increase in business visitor applications when compared with June last year.
Going the other way over 200,000 British people visited Indonesia last year, predominately to Bali.
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About Garuda Indonesia:
Presenting a new level of service excellence in air travel, Garuda Indonesia, the national airline of Indonesia, seamlessly connects more than 64 destinations worldwide to not only one of the largest economies in Southeast Asia, but also an array of exotic locations in the beautiful archipelago of Indonesia all at once. With approximately 500 daily flights and a fleet of around 140 aircraft, Garuda Indonesia proudly serves our passengers with the award-winning “Garuda Indonesia Experience” service, which highlights Indonesia’s warm hospitality and rich diverse culture.
The airline continuously strives, through its ongoing transformation program, to provide better and more convenient services with one of the youngest fleets in the sky, which should grow to around 194 aircraft by 2015. In March 2014, Garuda Indonesia joined SkyTeam, the global airline alliance with 20 members, providing access to an extensive global network with over 15,700 daily flights to 1,064 destinations in 178 countries.