The Indonesian flag carrier; Garuda Indonesia, which has 92 aircraft, will more than double its fleet to 194 by 2015.

“We are also planning to introduce flights to Abu Dhabi next year and Jeddah as more aircraft will allow us to expand the network of destinations,” said Helmi Kurnirawam, Garuda’s senior manager of marketing and communications.

The Indonesian flag carrier flew 17.5 million passengers last year, an increase of 36 per cent over the 12.5 million passengers in 2010. The carrier’s seat load factor increased to 75.2 per cent, up from the previous year’s 71.7 per cent.

Garuda will operate the new aircraft in a two-class cabin configuration on routes from its hubs in Jakarta and Bali to destinations in Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific. Arif Wibowo, Garuda’s executive vice-president for marketing and sales, said the airline currently flies from Jakarta to Dubai to Amsterdam four times a week.

Garuda opened its new route, Denpasar to Haneda, in April and will operate Jakarta to Taipei daily flights starting this month.
Source: Gulf News