Garuda goes Jakarta-Perth daily, has bigger ambitions
Whether coincidental or not, Garuda has reinstated its daily Perth-Jakarta non-stop flights with 737-800s in the aftermath of Qantas disappointing the west with reduced flights to Asia.
What odds on Garuda wide body services daily on that route and its current double daily 737s between Denpasar and Perth within three years?
There has been speculation for some time that Garuda will firm up its ambitions to fly non-stop Jakarta to the US west coast, which given the improvements it has been making with its product, would potentially open up more competition for the routes to America from Perth currently available with variable convenience over Sydney, Auckland, or Hong Kong.
This is the Garuda statement:
Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia’s national carrier, has today announced non-stop flights from Perth to Jakarta, starting from 28 June.
Lifting the existing capacity from 14 to 21 flights per week, the new direct service will provide passengers with easy access to Jakarta while offering a smooth and seamless connection to Garuda Indonesia’s vast network.
Bagus Y. Siregar, Vice President for Garuda Indonesia Australia/SWP commented on the new service: “Western Australia is a very important port for Garuda Indonesia, and we are always working to create a more convenient offering for our passengers.
“We’ve launched this service to respond to the growing demand, particularly from the business community. With the new non-stop flights Jakarta is just under 5 hours away, which makes it very convenient for our corporate travellers. We foresee that the daily service will also attract many leisure travellers, as Jakarta is not only a popular Indonesian destination but also known as Asia’s newest gateway to the globe.”
Daily flights will be operated by Garuda Indonesia’s B738 aircraft also currently servicing the twice daily Perth-Denpasar-Jakarta route. The aircraft all feature Garuda Indonesia’s new signature interior and individual touch-screen LCD TVs throughout business and economy classes with Video on Demand (VOD) entertainment systems offering 25 feature films and 250 audio tracks.