Garuda Indonesia – the flag carrier of Indonesia plans to re-start its flight service to the United States by the next year. This plan follows the announcement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last month that Indonesia complies with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards and has been granted a Category 1 rating.
Now Garuda Indonesia is able to spread its service in US since it received International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) Category 1 rating.
Vice President of Corporate Communications Garuda Indonesia, Benny S. Butarbutar, stated that the re-operation of the US flight service is a strategic response upon the FAA announcement, and indeed was one of the airline strategic plans.
Benny added that in regard to plan, Garuda Indonesia has now already started to work on preparation, including feasibility study upon the market potency, profitable route, high-utilized aircraft, as well as transit permit from Japan aviation authority.
“Due to the initial preparation, we are planning to operate our wide body Boeing 777-300ER to serve the US flight. With some consideration especially on commercial aspect, the flight will transit at Tokyo Narita prior flying to the US from Jakarta. Up until now, Japan still grants the ‘Fifth Freedom Right’ to Indonesian carriers, which allows Garuda Indonesia to fill up the seats – and further increase the passenger load factor – to our flight to the US” he explained.
The traffic from Indonesia is quite remarkable and reaches up to 400,000 passengers every year. Considering the traffic growth Garuda Indonesia is targeting its US flight to Los Angeles or New York.
In 2014, airline has announced its codeshare partnership with Delta Airlines, a member of SkyTeam alliance to serve its flights to Los Angeles and Seattle via Tokyo Haneda.
About Garuda Indonesia Airlines
Garuda Indonesia Airlines is the national flag carrier of Indonesia commenced it operations since 1949. With fleet of 134 aircrafts Garuda Indonesia flies to 64 destinations, among which 55 are domestic and 20 international cities. It is the first Indonesian airline to join SkyTeam to expand its global network, by joining Garuda Indonesia is serving 1,064 destinations in 178 countries.