Garuda Indonesia Launches B777-300ER Product

Garuda Indonesia celebrated the arrival of its first Boeing 777-300ER aircraft today, marking a new chapter in its revitalization. Registered PK-GIA, the new jet touched down at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport yesterday, following its handover from manufacturer Boeing in Seattle and a transpacific delivery flight, becoming the first of 10 aircraft ordered by theIndonesian flag carrier to revamp its fleet and boost long-haul operations.

The airline has configured it in a 3-class layout, using the aircraft to launch its new First and Executive (business) Class products. Exclusive to the B777-300ER, First Class will feature 8 semi-enclosed suites that convert into a full-flat bed, with a 23-inch screen, personal wardrobe and ample storage spaces. Passengers will also be looked after by dedicated crew onboard, including a chef who will present a personalized fine-dining concept, while ground services will encompass a limousine airport transfer service in Jakarta and a new lounge to be unveiled in the coming months.

38 Executive Class seats are staggered 1-2-1 across the cabin and offer direct-aisle access with greater privacy, while also enjoying on-demand inflight entertainment from the 15-inch LCD screen and more personal space. Further back, 268 Economy Class seats boast ergonomic comfort and legroom. Garuda Indonesia has opted for a 3-3-3 layout, giving passengers better seat width on the long-haul sectors to be flown by the jets.

The new aircraft will initially be deployed on the Jakarta – Jeddah route in time for the annual Muslim Hajj pilgrimage. Garuda Indonesia plans to use its B777 for direct Jakarta – London flights later this year, with Sydney also earmarked as a destination to create a Kangaroo Route for the aircraft. The airline will receive 2 more jets in the coming months, with a further 3 aircraft to be delivered in 2014.

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