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Long White Clouds on Garuda’s Horizon

Garuda Indonesia Prepares to Resume Daily Flights to Auckland, New Zealand

(4/20/2012) Garuda Indonesia has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Auckland Airport in New Zealand declaring the Indonesian air carriers intention to commence flight to New Zealand in 2013.

Garuda suspended its Auckland services in 2006.

Seen as past of an overall expansion of flight services in the Asia-Pacific, Garuda signed the MOU during British Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to Indonesia and in the presence of New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, during the latter’s three-day visit to the Republic.

Garuda’s CEO Emirsyah Satar signed the agreement on behalf of the airline while Joan Withers, chairman of the Auckland Airport Authority representing New Zealand interests.

Quoted by Jakarta Globe, Emirsyah said after the signing: 

“In line with the growing market between two countries, Garuda is seeking the opportunity to resume flights to Auckland as part of plan to increase its network, especially from New Zealand to cities in Asia and to Europe via Jakarta and Bali.”

Emirsyah said travelers could expect the service to New Zealand to come on line in early 2013 with a daily flight utilizing a newly purchased Airbus A330 aircraft.

[Fly New Zealand to Bali with Virgin Australia]