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Monday, 18 May 2009

Garuda Indonesia expands Australian network with brand new aircraft

The arrival of the first of four brand new Airbus 330-200 series aircraft has prompted Garuda Indonesia to expand its Australian network.

From 01 August, the airline will introduce three new Jakarta services per week to both Sydney and Melbourne, which will result in Garuda Indonesia offering a daily service to Indonesia from each of these capital cities, in addition to the double daily service from Perth to Bali and four weekly nonstop flights to Jakarta.

The new flight GA713 will depart Sydney on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 10.00am and arrive at Jakarta Cengkerang airport at 2.45pm, while flight GA717 will depart Melbourne on Monday, Thursday and Saturday at 9.55am and arrive in Jakarta at 2.45pm.

The airline's Bali flights from Sydney and Melbourne will continue to be serviced with a wide bodied Airbus A330-300series aircraft and operate on the remaining days of the week.

From Sydney GA715 will depart Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10.00am and arriving in Denpasar at 2.30pm, while flight GA719 will depart Melbourne on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 9.55am, arriving at 13.55pm.

Mr Poerwoko Soeparyono, Senior General Manager Australia & Southwest Pacific says that the introduction of the new Jakarta services is part of the airline's policy to introduce more non-stop flights to Indonesia.

With new customs, immigration and quarantine procedures recently introduced in Indonesia, the new flights will provide a better product for Australia originating passengers who are destined for the nation's capital. At present these procedures must be undertaken in Bali before transferring to a domestic flight to Jakarta. The direct flights will make the process much easier.

"Not only will be able to offer an excellent product to Jakarta, but we can now offer a daily option to Bali. While flying via Jakarta may take longer, Bali passengers on these flights will enjoy the benefits of a full service flight with full meal and drink service and the latest in-flight entertainment on an aircraft that is fresh from the factory" said Mr. Poerwoko.

"We are also hoping that the new service will encourage Australian holiday makers to venture a bit further than Bali and explore some of the other amazing destinations that Indonesia has to offer. And our wholesaler, Garuda Orient Holidays, has the product to to meet this demand."

"We are very excited about this expansion and plan to celebrate the new service with some very attractive fare offers, so New South Welshmen and Victorians should keep an eye out for these."

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