Garuda is likely to become first to fly A330 NEOs to Australia, and if you are a normal sized adult, this is good news
Not much that has happened at the Paris Air Show is directly relevant to the Australian market, but Indonesia flag carrier Garuda is the exception.
How worried must (or mustn’t) Qantas and Virgin Australia be on news that the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, flew economy class between Jakarta and Singapore on Friday?
Having previously ordered 280 Airbus A320s (100 A320 CEOs and 180 A320 NEOs) India’s largest domestic carrier IndiGo has just signed an MoU for a further 250 A320 NEOs.
As Indonesia’s economy grows so does the pressure on the inter-island ferry network so important to the sprawling archipelago nation to the immediate north of the Australian continent.
Any doubts as to Garuda’s interest in returning to the kangaroo routes between Australia and London have vanished after today’s announcement of revised Australian schedules to make such flights via Jakarta more practicable.
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?
In the mid 90s Indonesia decided it wasn't in the business of subsidising rich Australian kids going back packing in Europe with cheap Garuda flights. But maybe it is coming back for a second go at the kangaroo routes, not forgetting Bali of course.
So you think flying between here and Indonesia is all about us going to Bali. Wrong, very wrong!
In a reminder that Indonesia is much more than Bali, Etihad has stitched up a deal with Garuda that could also stitch up Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia