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Garuda Eyes America

2011 Delivery of New Wide-Bodied Aircraft May Pave the Way for Garuda Indonesia to Begin Flying Again to the U.S.A..

(3/1/2010) Garuda Indonesia is reported to be eyeing starting flights to the United States following the resumption of flights to Amsterdam on June 1, 2010.

Bisnis.com quotes the Head Commissioner of the Indonesian national flag carrier, Hadiyanto, as revealing that renewed services to America may be in the cards when new wide-bodied Boeing 777-200 ER aircraft on order are delivered. Hadiyanto said: "If we get Boeing 777-200 ER in 2011, then certain routes that can be flown by long-haul aircraft can be added. It could be we would fly to America."

Since 2008 Garuda has on order 10 Boeing777-200 ER aircraft as part of their planning to increase routes to Europe and America. The new additions to Garuda's fleet will increase the total armada from its current level of 61 aircraft to 116 planes in 2014.

Hadiyanto is predicting that traffic loads will increase beginning this year with the additional delivery of 23 Boeing 737-800 NG and one new Airbus A330-200. The Boeing 7373s will be dedicated to domestic and regional routes, while the larger aircraft will be used to add frequencies to Amsterdam.

The re-commencement of flights to Amsterdam on June 1, 2010, will be via a daily flight between Jakarta and Amsterdam with an intermediate stop in Dubai.