In reaction to the growing number of mainland Chinese visitors coming to Bali, Garuda Indonesia is changing its routings to and from the People's Republic.
Bisnis.com quotes Garuda' Corporate Vice-President, Pujobroto, as saying the routes that will be changed are Jakarta-Shanghai- Jakarta which will become Jakarta-Shanghai-Denpasar-Jakarta. "This decision has been made so Chinese tourists can fly directly to Bali," explained Pujobroto.
He announced that the route change will take effect from January 20, 2009 to help stimulate mainland Chinese tourism, in keeping with the government's plans to increase Chinese visits in 2009. Pujobroto added, "Garuda will use new aircraft with all new interiors."
Garuda has ordered 50 new Boeing 737NG aircraft which will start coming on line in mid 2009. Meanwhile, 10 new Boeing 777-300ER are slated to be delivered in 2010. At present, Garuda is operating 54 modern aircraft comprised of three wide-body Boeing 747-400, six Airbus330-300, six Boeing 737NG and thirty-nine Boeing 737s.
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