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ESTABLISHED IN 1949 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1950. NATIONAL CARRIER. FORMERLY GARUDA INDONESIAN AIRWAYS. FORMED BY INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT & (KLM). DOMESTIC, REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
JELAN MERDEKA SELATAN 13
JAKARTA 10110, INDONESIA
Indonesia (the Republic of Indonesia) was established in 1945, it covers an area of 1,904,569 sq km, its population is 210 million, its capital city is Jakarta, and its official language is Indonesian.
JANUARY 1993: 1992 = +$62.4 MILLION (NET PROFIT): +17.5% (RPK) TRAFFIC, +3.2% PASSENGERS (PAX), +6.3% FTK FREIGHT TRAFFIC.
STARTED 737-300 EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS).
OCTOBER 1993: 737-4U3 (PW461 - 7) DELIVERIES, INCLUDING BOEING (TBC)'S 7,500TH AIRPLANE.
NOVEMBER 1993: 3 MD-11'S, 12 YEAR LEASED FROM MACDONNEL DOUGLAS (MDF), $800 TO 900,000/MONTH.
JANUARY 1994: 45TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
FEBRUARY 1994: RETIRED LAST OF DC-9'S.
APRIL 1994: 6 ORDERS 777'S.
JANUARY 1995: 1994 = +$160 MILLION (NET PROFIT).
CANCELLED 7/3 ORDERS 747-400'S, PLANS TO SELL 59 OF 80 AIRPLANES.
1 747-400, (ILF) 10 YEAR LEASED.
MAY 1995: 1 DC-10-30, FINNAIR (FIN) WET-LEASED, FOR HADJ.
JULY 1995: CANCELLED 6 ORDERS A330'S.
OCTOBER 1995: 2 A300B4-622R'S (611; 613), RETURNED TO AWAS (AWW).
NOVEMBER 1995: SURABAYA TO TAIPEI (DC-10, 2/WEEK).
2 DC-9-32'S SOLD TO MIDWEST AIRLINES (MWX).
FEBRUARY 1996: 3 MD-11 ORDERS CONVERTED TO MD-11ER'S (DECEMBER 1996), 7,200 NAUTICAL MILES RANGE, 1,500 LBS LIGHTER, & +3,000 GALLONS OF FUEL IN AUXILIARY FUEL TANK.
MARCH 1996: NEW INDEPENDENT BUSINESS UNIT, GARUDA MAINTENANCE FACILITY (GMF), HAS 3,200 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT) EMPLOYEES.
LEASING 747-300 FROM QANTAS AIRWAYS (QAN) FOR 3 MONTHS FOR HADJ, TO FLY TO JEDDAH.
TO RECEIVE 6 OF 9 ORDERS A330-300'S (TRENT 700), LEASED IN DECEMBER 1996.
APRIL 1996: BAMBANG WAHYUDI, TECHNICAL SENIOR VP, REPLACES MR SURATMAN, AFTER 6 YEAR TENURE.
JUNE 1996: MR SOEPANDI, (CEO), ANNOUNCES AT INDONESIA AIR SHOW, $1.6 BILLION ORDERS: 12 737-300'S, 5 737-500'S, & 6 777-200'S, TO REPLACE PREVIOUS ORDERS FOR 9 737-400'S, & 6 747-400'S. STILL WANTS 6 OPTIONS 747-400'S TO REMAIN.
JUNE 1996: ACCDT: (GIA) DC-10-30 ON TAKE-OFF FROM FUKUOKA, JAPAN, OVERRAN RUNWAY, AND CAUGHT FIRE = 3 FATALITIES OF 15 (FC)-(CA)/261 PASSENGERS. JAPAN AUTHORITIES BLAMED FLIGHT CREW (FC), & ENGINE COMPUTER SYSTEM.
SEPTEMBER 1996: SELECTS (HAESL) HONG KONG FOR MAINTENANCE CONTRACT & REPAIR/OVERHAUL FOR (TRENT 700)'S FOR 9 A330'S. 1 F28-3000 EX-MERPATI (PNM) (SPEY 355-15M). 1 A300B4-600R RETURNED TO AWAS (AWW).
NOVEMBER 1996: LEASED 2 737-200C'S FROM MALAYSIA AIRLINES (MAS), & BEGAN CARGO OPERATIONS.
DECEMBER 1996: CODE SHARE WITH NORTHWEST AIRLINES (NWA).
TO SELL 5 DC-10-30'S, & 6 MD-11'S. 1ST A330-300, 42C, 251Y, & MD-11ER, 300 PAX, 3 CLASS DELIVERIES. WILL RECEIVE +2 MD-11ER'S, IN 1997.
JANUARY 1997: 1996 = -$36.8 MILLION (+75%). 11.09 BILLION (RPK) PASSENGER TRAFFIC (#32 HIGHEST IN WORLD AIRLINES).
FEBRUARY 1997: A330-300 (TRENT 776-80) DELIVERY.
MARCH 1997: 1 A300B4-600R (PW4158) RETURNED TO (ILF). 2 DC-10-30'S & 4 MD-11'S, WORLD AIRWAYS (WLD) WET-LEASED FOR 3 MONTHS, FOR HADJ.
APRIL 1997: 2 737-300'S (LINE NUMBERS 1719 & 1763), (TAESA) (TES) LEASED, AND 1 737-200C (LN 278) DELIVERY. 1 A330-300 (TRENT 768-80) DELIVERY.
MAY 1997: HONG KONG (CAA) BARS FLIGHTS BY A330-300 FOR 3 WEEKS.
1 MD-11ER (CF6-80C2) DELIVERY.
SEPTEMBER 1997: ACCDT: A300B4-220 (JT9D-59A) (214, /82) CRASHED ON LANDING, IN POOR VISIBILITY, DUE TO FOREST FIRES IN ISLANDS IN INDONESIA = ALL 234 FATALITIES. CRASHED AT MEDAN, ISLAND OF SUMATRA.
OCTOBER 1997: REGULATORY AUTHORITY (DGAC) DOWNGRADED FLEET TO CATEGORY 1 AUTOLAND.
NOVEMBER 1997: JOINT FREIGHT SERVICE, WITH CARGOLUX (CLX), TO LUXEMBOURG.
DECEMBER 1997: 6 MD-11'S, WORLD AIRWAYS (WLD) WET-LEASED FOR 3 - 5/98 HADJ. TO SELL ITS 5 DC-10-30'S, AND RATIONALIZE ITS FLEET AROUND 4 TYPES, DISPOSING OF 747-200'S, A300B4'S & F28'S.
JANUARY 1998: CARGO LOAD SHARE WITH CHINA AIRLINES (CHI), ALLOWS 20 TONS ON 747-200F JAKARTA (JKT) - TAIPEI (TPE) - LOS ANGELES (LAX) ROUTE.
REVIEWING PRACTICES FOUND TO BE DEFICIENT BY RECENT (ICAO), (DGAC), (FAA) AUDIT.
1 737-300, AND 4 737-500'S DELIVERIES.
MARCH 1998: 1997 = +$22.3 MILLION. 3 767-300;S, BRITANNIA AIRWAYS (BRI) WET-LEASED FOR HADJ, FROM SOLO TO JEDDAH.
PLANS TO SELL 19 AIRPLANES: A300B4'S, DC-10'S & 747'S. 4 737-300'S NEWLY DELIVERED, NOW STORED AT MARANA, ARIZONA.
APRIL 1998: MEDIA SAYS GARUDA INDONESIA (GIA) PLANS TO LAY OFF -3,000 OF 13,272 EMPLOYEES.
OFFERS TO SELL HOTEL, AND TOUR AGENCY, SUBSIDIARY BUSINESSES.
(778 FLIGHT CREW (FC) EMPLOYEES). (http://www.garuda.co.id).
SELLS 737-300 (24470) TO AAR ENGINEERING.
JUNE 1998: RETURNS 6 MD-11'S TO OWNERS.
JULY 1998: ROBBY DJOHAN, PRESIDENT, EX-CITIBANK INDONESIA.
NOW IN "CRITICAL CONDITION" WITH $200M DEBTS. CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO LEASE AIRCRAFT. WILL RETURN 12 REMAINING LEASED 737-300/-500'S AND 747-400'S. 6 A330-300'S RETURNED.
AUGUST 1998: COMPLETED 4TH PAKISTAN INTERNATIONAL (PIA) 747-200 STRUT MODIFICATION.
6 MD-11'S RETURNED TO BOEING. 737-3Q8'S (PQ282; PQ284) RETURNED TO (ILF).
SEPTEMBER 1998: -3,000 EMPLOYEES TO BE LAID OFF NEXT MONTH, AND GIVEN A "GOLDEN HANDSHAKE" (6 MONTHS SALARY) = -20% STAFF.
DOMESTIC FARES RAISED 40%. PROBLEM IS 80% OF COSTS, AND ONLY 20% OF GARUDA INDONESIA (GIA) REVENUES ARE IN US $.
STARTS "GA EXPRESS" NO-FRILLS, HOURLY SERVICE TO SURABAYA USING 737-500'S.
RETAINS LUFTHANSA CONSULTING (DLH) TO MANAGE A COMPLETE TURNAROUND OF (GIA).
MAINTENANCE FACILITY TO BE SOLD FOR $300 MILLION.
COMPLETES 2ND "D" CHECK ON PAKISTAN INTERNATIONAL (PIA) 747-100.
5 FLYABLE A300B4'S GROUNDED. OTHER 4 WERE ALREADY PARKED, AND USED FOR PARTS. 747-2U3'S (22768; 22769) TO BE RETURNED TO JAPAN FLEET SERVICES. CANCELED 5 ORDERS 737-300'S, 1 ORDER 737-500, & 6 ORDERS 777-200'S.
OCTOBER 1998: 13,800 EMPLOYEES TO BE TRIMMED BY -20%. LATER, CANCELS LAYOFF OF 3,000 EMPLOYEES.
NON-AIRLINE BUSINESSES, LIKE HOTELS, WILL BE SOLD.
EXPECTS TO LOSE -$400 MILLION THIS YEAR.
CLOSER COOPERATION WITH MERPATI (PNM), AND MAY MERGE.
NEW PARIS ROUTE.
PLANS TO SELL REMAINING 747-200, AND DC-10-30. PERMANENTLY GROUNDS AND PARTS OUT REMAINING A300B'S.
NOVEMBER 1998: GOVERNMENT DIRECTS GARUDA INDONESIA (GIA) TO PLAN MERGER WITH MERPATI (PNM).
ABDUL GANI, PRESIDENT, REPLACES ROBBY DJOHAN. ABDUL GANI WAS FORMER PRESIDENT OF BANK DUTA, JAKARTA.
DECEMBER 1998: 3,000 EMPLOYEES TAKE "VOLUNTARY" LAYOFF.
TO RETURN 4 737-3Q8'S TO (ILF) IN NEXT 2 MONTHS. ALSO RETURNING 2 747-2U3B'S TO LESSOR (JFS). 5 737-3U3'S (3029-28735) & 737-5U3'S DELIVERIES.
JANUARY 1999: DEFERS DELIVERY OF 4 ORDERS 737-300'S & 2 737-400'S, UNTIL 2001.
FEBRUARY 1999: CONTRACT MAINTENANCE "D" CHECK COMPLETED ON NIGERIA AIRLINES (NIA) DC-10-30 (231).
4 767-300ER'S (28039; 28040; 28042; 29137), BRITANNIA AIRWAYS (BRI) WET-LEASED FOR HADJ. RETURNED 1 737-3Q8 TO (ILF). AT LEAST 1 OTHER 737-300, OF 3, TO BE RETURNED LATER IN 1999.
MARCH 1999: TOP EXECUTIVES MOVE FROM DOWNTOWN HQ TO AIRPORT OFFICES, AND SELL DOWNTOWN FACILITIES.
SELECTS DENPASAR (BALI), AS HUB, FOR ITS INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS.
ASKS 3,000 OF 12,732 EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING PILOTS TO TAKE VOLUNTARY RETIREMENT.
HAS RETURNED 16 AIRPLANES TO LESSORS. PLANS FOR 737'S DOMESTIC, DC-10'S TO THE MIDDLE EAST, 747-400'S TO EUROPE, & A330'S TO ASIA, AND AUSTRALIA.
APRIL 1999: 10,953 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 768 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 2,425 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 1,359 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT).
$8 MILLION, 3 YEAR CONTRACT TO SR TECHNICS (SWS), FOR 6 A330-300'S COMPONENT MAINTENANCE.
MAY 1999: AGUS SULISTYONO, VP LINE MAINTENANCE; & M SUPRIJADI, VP ENGINEERING.
IN 1998, BALI & BATAM REPLACED JAKARTA AS MAIN ENTRY POINT FOR OVERSEAS TOURISTS. JAKARTA FELL -50%, WHILE BALI & BATAM SUFFERED ONLY 10-15% DROP.
1998 = -$207.3 MILLION (+$66.5 MILLION): 7.09 BILLION RPM (-40.3%), 4M PAX, 55% LF, 1.42 BILLION FTM (-10%).
JUNE 1999: PREVIOUS FLEET OF 60 JETS NOW DOWN TO 39.
STAFF REDUCED FROM 14,000 TO 9,600.
PLANS TO MAKE 1,400 STAFF OF MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT AS A SEPARATE BUSINESS CENTER, UTILIZING ITS 1M SQ FT OF HANGAR SPACE.
RECEIVES EX-IM BANK FINANCING, FOR REMAINING 6 737-300'S ON ORDER. 5 A300B4-200'S (164; 165; 166; 167; 213) PARTED OUT.
1998 TOP WORLD AIRLINES PASSENGER TRAFFIC RPM (BILLION):
38 (JAS) 8.77; 39 (THY) 8.10; 40 (EAD) 8.07; 41 (AIN) 7.68; 42 (ELA) 7.55; 43 (GIA) 7.09; 44 (PIA) 6.82; 45 (AMX) 6.66; 46 (FIN) 6.66 47 (GUL) 6.59; 48 (ARG) 6.56; 49 (PAL) 6.50; 50 (CMA) 6.41.
JULY 1999: PLANS TO REDUCE WORKFORCE BY -2,500 OVER NEXT 9 MONTHS.
AUGUST 1999: 1ST 7 MONTHS INTERNATIONAL = 7.65 BILLION RPK (+8.2%), 202.43 MILLION FTK (-11%), 2.79 MILLION PAX.
737-200 "D" CHECK MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR PT AIRFAST (PTF).
A300B4-200 (165; 167) PARTED OUT.
OCTOBER 1999: GOVERNMENT OK'S CASH INFUSION OF $62 MILLION/YEAR FOR NEXT 8 YEARS. WILL COVER 737 LEASE PAYMENTS, & GOVERNMENT WILL RECEIVE ADDITIONAL EQUITY IN THE AIRLINE.
NOVEMBER 1999: RESUMES FLIGHTS TO SINGAPORE - ABU DHABI - AMSTERDAM (747-400), & BALI - ABU DHABI - LONDON (MD-11).
1998 = -$149.9 MILLION.
3 737-300'S RETURNED TO (ILF). 1 747-300 (CF6-80C2), EX-VARIG (VAR), AIR ATLANTA ICELANDIC (AID) WET-LEASED.
DECEMBER 1999: IN 3/00, TO RESUME MEDAN - KUALA LUMPUR.
CURRENTLY CONDUCTING "D" CHECK, STRUT MODIFICATION, & SECTION 41 MODIFICATION, ON PAKISTAN INTERNATIONAL AIRWAYS (PIA) 747, WITH 2ND 747, IN NEXT MONTH.
TO PHASE OUT 747-200, DC-10-30, & F28 FLEETS BY END OF 2001. 4 747-200'S, 5 DC-10-30'S, & 4 F28'S FOR SALE. 13 737'S REQUIRED TO REPLACE DC-10'S & F28'S FOR DOMESTIC SERVICE, & 4 747-400'S TO REPLACE THE -200'S, ACQUIRED OVER 4 YEARS.
FEBRUARY 2000: CODE SHARE WITH MALAYSIA AIRLINES (MAS), TO KUALA LUMPUR.
1999 = +$47 MILLION (1ST +VE IN 8 YEARS!) (-$275 MILLION): 68.4% LF (+14.4).
4 MD-11'S, WORLD AIRWAYS (WLD) WET-LEASED, UNTIL END OF 4/00, FOR HADJ, BORNEO, JAVA - JEDDAH. 1 A340-313X, CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES (CEA) WET-LEASED FOR HADJ.
MARCH 2000: MAINTENANCE BASE RECEIVES (FAA) PART 145 CERTIFICATE. AWAITING (JAR) 145 APPROVAL.
DAILY SERVICE TO DENPASAR, & SURUBAYA, DUBBED "GARUDA EXPRESS."
PLANS FOR +5 737-300'S, & 4 F28-4000'S, IN 2000. 2 747-200'S TO BE TRADED IN ON 2 747-400'S.
APRIL 2000: 10,000 EMPLOYEES.
JUNE 2000: 1999 FISCAL YEAR (FY) = +$61.7 MILLION (-$200 MILLION). EXPECTS 2000 = +$80M.
LOCAL WATCHDOG INDEPENDENT GROUP, INDONESIAN CORRUPTION WATCH (ICW), STATED TO GOVERNMENT THAT MOST OF GARUDA INDONESIA (GIA)'S "HUGE" DEBTS WERE CAUSED BY CORRUPTION AND MISMANAGEMENT OF AIRPLANE PROCUREMENT, AND MAINTENANCE PROJECTS IN THAT PERIOD, INCLUDING LEASING OF 4 A330-300'S FROM A JOINT VENTURE OF JAPANESE, FINANCIAL HOUSE YAMASA, AND A CONSORTIUM OF BANKS, LED BY MORGAN GRENFELL.
IN 1998, (GIA) SAID IT WOULD CANCEL 5 CONTRACTS WITH COMPANIES ASSOCIATED WITH DEPOSED INDONESIAN PRESIDENT SUHARTO.
3 A300B4-220F'S (159; 168; 215) RETIRED.
JULY 2000: GARUDA INDONESIA (GIA) LOGO, STEMS FROM BALINESE (THE ISLAND OF BALI) MYTHOLOGY. THIS HALF-BIRD, HALF-MAN FIGURE, IS KNOWN AS "GARUDA." IT CARRIES ON ITS BACK, THE HINDU GOD VISHNU, PRESERVER OF LIFE.
GOVERNMENT OK FOR SERVICE TO SEOUL.
PLANS FOR NEW LOW-COST SUBSIDIARY, BY END OF 2000, USING 737'S & 5 F28'S, EX-SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES (SAS).
1999 = +$72.55 MILLION (-$221.97 MILLION): 13.85 BILLION RPK (-27.7%); 69.1% LF (LOAD FACTOR); 1.41 BILLION FTK (-21.9%); 5.37 MILLION PAX (+5.4%); 9,640 EMPLOYEES.
AUGUST 2000: 1 ORDER (11/00) 737-4K5, (ILF) 5 YEAR LEASED (26316), EX-HAPAG LLOYD (HAP). PLANS TO ACQUIRE +6 737-400'S TO PROVIDE REQUIRED LIFT UNTIL FINANCIAL CONDITION IMPROVES, TO POINT WHERE ADDITIONAL NEW 737-NG'S MAY BE PURCHASED.
NOVEMBER 2000: 3 737-4Q8'S, (ILF) LEASED, TO REPLACE F28'S, DUE TO NOISE CONSIDERATIONS. 737-4K5 (2711-26316, PK-GWT) DELIVERY.
DECEMBER 2000: NEW SERVICE TO PONTIANAK, SEMARANG, YOGYAKARTA, AND DENPASAR.
TO LEASE 4 737-300'S FROM GECAS (GEF), AND 2 FROM (ILF), INCLUDING 1 737-4Q8 (2076-24708, PK-GWU).
JANUARY 2001: PURSUES MORE 3RD PARTY WORK. "C" CHECKS ON 2 KABO AIR (KAB) 727'S.
2 737-4YO'S (1777-24512, PK-GWV; 1904-24691) DELIVERIES. 3 MD-11'S, WORLD AIRWAYS (WLD) WET-LEASED FOR HADJ, UNTIL END OF 4/01. 1 A330-322 (095, C-FBUS), AIRTOURS INTERNATIONAL (GUE) WET-LEASED FOR HADJ.
FEBRUARY 2001: 2000 = 6 MILLION PASSENGERS.
1 737-43Q (2830-28490, PK-GWY), (GEF) LEASED. 2 A300B4-220F'S (159; 168) SCRAPPED.
MARCH 2001: IN 4/01, MEDAN - SINGAPORE (737-400, DAILY).
SETYO WIBOWO, VP TECHNICAL COOPERATION & SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT.
APRIL 2001: IN 10/01, TO FRANKFURT (747-400, DAILY).
9,764 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 760 FC; 2,341 CA; & 2,646 MT).
SVCS TO 22 CITIES IN 11 COUNTRIES, AND 19 DOMESTIC DESTINATIONS.
WILL REPLACE 5 F28'S, WITH 6 737-400'S. 1 737-49R (28881), EX-PRO AIR (PRR), (GEF) 5 YEAR LEASED.
MAY 2001: DENPASAR - BANGKOK - LONDON GATWICK (LGW) (747-400, WEEKLY).
JULY 2001: HEAVY MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR 2 MYANMAR (BRM) 737-300'S.
AUGUST 2001: SURABAYA (EAST JAVA) - MAKASSAR (SOUTH SULAWESI) (6/WEEK).
FORMS NO-FRILLS SUBSIDIARY NAMED "CITILINK," OPERATING 4 F28-4000'S.
18 ORDERS (10/02) 737-700/-800, LEASED, TO REPLACE OLDER 737'S, AND 5 DC-10'S.
OCTOBER 2001: AS PART OF RESTRUCTURING, WILL MOVE ITS HUB TO DENPASAR/BALI FOR INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS.
TO ADELAIDE - MELBOURNE, DUE TO ANSETT (ANS) CEASING OPERATIONS.
NOVEMBER 2001: TO SYDNEY, VIA DENPASAR (2/WEEK).
DECEMBER 2001: CODE SHARE WITH CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES (GUN), TO GUANGZHOU (2/WEEK).
DEFERS DELIVERY OF ITS 737-800'S TIL 10/03, AND 6 777-200'S TIL 4/04.
JANUARY 2002: ACCDT: 737-3Q8: 1706-24403, /89 28 24 PK-GWA) EXPERIENCED A DUAL ENGINE FLAMEOUT, ON APPROACH; COULD NOT RESTART THE ENGINES, AND MADE AN EMERGENCY LANDING IN THE BENJAWANG SOLO RIVER, APPROX 14 - 20 MILES FROM THE DESTINATION AIRPORT = 1 FLIGHT ATTENDANT (CA) FATALITY (DROWNED IN RIVER) OF 60. LOCATED SOME 300 MILES EAST OF JAKARTA.
ABDUL GHANI SAIDIN, PRESIDENT & (CEO), RESIGNED.
2001 = +$48 MILLION.
2001 TOP 50 WORLD AIRLINES - PASSENGER TRAFFIC BILLION RPM
1 UAL 116.60; 2 AAL 106.15; 3 DAL 97.60; 4 NWA 73.11; 5 BAB 64.24; 6 AFA 59.54; 7 CAL 58.76; 8 DLH 56.76; 9 JAL 50.77; 10 USA 45.93; 11 SWA 44.50; 12 SIA 42.76; 13 QAN 42.14; 14 ACN 41.49; 15 KLM 35.76; 16 ANA 33.16; 17 CAT 27.81; 18 TII 27.43; 19 IBE 25.64; 20 KAL 23.73; 21 ALI 22.45; 22 MAS 22.29; 23 AMW 19.06; 24 VAA 17.65; 25 VAR 16.02; 26 CHI 16.00; 27 EAD 14.37; 28 SAS 14.26; 29 ANZ 13.54; 30 SAA 12.70; 31 SVA 12.56; 32 BEJ 12.39; 33 ASA 12.23; 34 JAS 10.06; 35 THY 9.35; 36 AMX 8.51; 37 PAL 8.36; 38 GIA 8.15; 39 CMA 7.99; 40 ELA 7.79; 41 GUL 7.65; 42 PIA 7.24; 43 AIN 7.10; 44 TAP 6.43; 45 EGP 5.53; 46 OLY 5.24; 47 AUL 5.06; 48 FIN 4.93; 49 IND 4.52; 50 CQT 4.51.
6 767-300ER'S, BRITANNIA AIRWAYS (BRI) WET-LEASED FOR HADJ, UNTIL END OF 4/02.
MARCH 2002: (TELEPHONE: +62 (21) 380 1901).
(FAX: +62 (21) 380 6652).
APRIL 2002: 9,478 EMPLOYEES.
MAIN BASE: JAKARTA - SOEKARNO HATTA INTERNATIONAL (CGK).
HUBS: DEN PASAR - BALI INTERNATIONAL (DPS); SURABAYA (SUB); & MEDAN (MES).
GARUDA MAINTENANCE FACILITY (GMF): (http://www.gmf-online.com). (email@example.com).
(TELEPHONE: +62 21 5508609/5508625/5508672).
(FAX: +62 21 5502489/55021693).
June 2002: Plans to lease 12 737-400's, with 8 by end of 2002.
August 2002: 4 737-400's, leased. These 4 are being operated to Surabaya, Padang and Jambi tourist routes, which are considered Indonesia's most lucrative.
Garuda Indonesia (GIA) is considering establishing an independent cargo division.
September 2002: In 10/02, to Shanghai (2/week).
4 737-400's, leased.
October 2002: 3 747-20OB's, Air Atlanta Icelandic (AID) wet-leased for Hadj. 2 737-497's (2382-25663, PK-GZA; 2393-25664, PK-GZB), GECAS (GEF) leased.
November 2002: To Singapore - Shanghai (2/week).
Applies for (JAA) JAR 145 Foreign Repair Station certification. (JAA) team conducts audit of Technical division.
1 737-36N (2964-28566, PK-GGT), (GEF) leased.
December 2002: In 3/03, Denpasar - Singapore - London (LGW) (3/week).
737-36N (2971-28567, PK-GGU), GECAS (GEF) leased.
January 2003: (http://www.garuda-indonesia.co.id).
747-312 (626-23245, TF-ATS), Air Atlanta Icelandic wet-leased for Hadj. 6 767-304ER's (28041; 28042; 28979; 28208; 29138; 29384), (BRI) wet-leased to for Hadj. 3 767-31KER's (27205; 27206; 28865), MyTravel (GUE) wet-leased for Hadj.
March 2003: 2002 = 6.8 Million passengers (6.5 Million), including 2.1 Million international.
In 6/03, resumes Denpasar - Singapore - London (LGW). Jakarta - Bangkok (737-400, 4/week). Jakarta - Hong Kong (A330, 3/week). Surabaya - Singapore - Hong Kong (A330, 3/week). Surabaya - Kuala Lumpur (737-400, 3/week). Resumes Denpasar - Brisbane (A330, weekly).
9,478 employees. (http://www.garuda-indonesia.com).
737-3Q8 (26293), ex-Frontier Airlines (FRO), (ILF) 5 year leased.
April 2003: 737-34S (2983-29108, /98 "FLOWERS OF MAZOWSZE"), ex-GB Airways (GBA).
June 2003: 2 737-34S's (2983-29108, PK-GHA; 3001-29109, PK-GHC), ex-(GBA) deliveries. 2 737-36N's (3041-28573, PK-GGX; 2846-28555, PK-GGY) (GEF) leased.
July 2003: 15,000 employees.
Code share with Malaysia Airlines (MAS), Kuching - Balikpapan, and Kota Kinabalu - Balikpapan (2/week).
2002 = +$68.58 Million (-$12.74 Million): 16.72 Billion RPK (+.8%); 71.5% LF; 7.45 Million PAX (+12.4%); 344.92 Million FTK (-8.8%). 1st Q = +# IDR 32.8 Billion/+$3.9 Million (-93%). Warned that it may not be able to pay overseas creditors $60 Million because of the effects of (SARS) outbreak.
August 2003: Code share with Malaysia Airlines (MAS), Kuala Lumpur to Frankfurt & London Heathrow, Surabaya - Kuala Lumpur (3/week), and Denpasar to Darwin.
September 2003: 2002 = +$100,000 (-$12.6 Million): 16.72 Billion RPK (+.8%); -3.2% ASK; 71.5% LF (+2.9); 7.4 Million PAX (+12.1%); 345 Million FTK (-8.7%); 9,450 EMPLOYEES (+.1%).
2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES PASSENGER TRAFFIC RPK (Billion):
38 (EVA) 19.51; 39 (CEA) 18.63; 40 (BRI) 18.43; 41 (ARO) 17.65; 42 (CDF) 17.41; 43 (AUL) 17.34; 44 (AAR) 17.33; 45 (GIA) 16.72; 46 (THY) 16.59; 47 (ATZ) 16.30; 48 (LTU) 16.10; 49 (JAS) 15.90.
MyTravel Airways (GUE) to wet-lease 3 767-300ER's, & 3 A330-200's to Garuda Indonesia (GIA) for the Hadj from 11/03 - 03/04.
November 2003: 10 737-4MO's, ex-Aeroflot (ARO), GECAS (GEF) leased, (29201; 29202); delivered, (29203; 29204) by end of 2003, & remaining 6 by 6/04, with Shannon Aerospace doing the pre-delivery maintenance.
December 2003: 737-3YO (24681), (GEF) leased. A330-343X (356, OY-VKH), MyTravel Denmark (PRH) wet-leased.
January 2004: 2003 pre-tax = +# IDR 236.67 Billion/+$28 Million (-76%).
2 737-3YO's (CFM56-3) (24680; 199-24681, PK-GHU), (GEF) leased. 1 737-4MO (29204), (GEF) leased.
Feberuary 2004: Bali (Denpasar) - Adelaide (weekly).
Installed Ibises International SkyMedia Center 3000 (IFE) system on 3 747-400's.
2-year contract with Collins Aviation Services, Singapore for avionics maintenance on 52 737's.
737-4MO (3056-29205, PK-GZJ), (GEH) leased. 2 747-2U3's (22246; 22247) sold to Holiday Airlines, leased to Phuket Airlines (PHK).
March 2004: Padang - Pekanbaru - Singapore (737-300, 4/week). Semarang - Singapore (737-300, 4/week). Yogyakarta - Singapore (737-300, 3/week).
April 2004: 737-4MO (3078-29207, PK-GZL), GECAS (GEF) leased.
May 2004: Selects Lufthansa (DLH) Systems to take over the airline's entire commercial Information Technology (IT) operation.
In 6/04, 737-200F will be used for domestic and regional, Jakarta - Singapore, Jakarta - Makasar - Singapore. By end of 2004, 747-200F to Hong Kong, Japan, and Europe.
737-36N (28555) returned to (GEF). 2 737-4MO's (3081-29208, PK-GZM; 3087-29209, PK-GZN), (GEF) leased. 2 orders 747-200F's, leased, 1 order 747-400, leased, and 3 orders (9/04) A330-300's to replace 5 DC-10-30's.
July 2004: Garuda Indonesia (GIA)'s new low-cost subsidiary Citilink will lease 12 737-300's from (GECAS) (GEF). 7 will be delivered in 2004 and 5 in 2005. Currently operates 3 737-300's & 5 F28's but plans to retire the F28's by end of 2004.
USA and Indonesia signed an "open skies" aviation agreement that removes all restrictions on air services to, from and beyond each other's territory.
737-4MO (3091-29210, PK-GZO, 7/04), ex-Aeroflot (ARO), (GECAS) (GEF) leased.
August 2004: 737-3YO (24914, PK-GHV), (GEF) leased for Citilink operations.
November 2004: 9,450 employees.
December 2004: In 3/05, resumes Denpasar (Bali) - Fukuoka.
April 2005: (GMF) AeroAsia, the maintenance arm of Garuda Indonesia (GIA) signed a $10 Million, 2-year component repair contract with (GE) Transportation Aircraft Engines.
Indonesia's new government has dismissed the 13-member board of state-owned Garuda Indonesia (GIA). Replaces Chairman, Marsillam Simanjuntak with former (CEO), Mr Abdulgani. Indra Setiawan, (CEO), has been replaced by Emirsyah Satar, who was the former Executive VP Finance.
May 2005: 6,251 employees (including 606 Flight Crew (FC), 2,070 Cabin Attendants (CA), & 157 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
(MOU) with (SR) Technics Switzerland (SWS) for a full support program for Garuda (GIA)'s 6 A330's.
6 orders 737NG and 18 orders 777's.
June 2005: Joint venture with Lufthansa Systems (DLH) called Lufthansa Indonesia specializing in software development and data center services. Applications will focus on solutions for various distribution channels, customer loyalty programs, Crew Resource Management (CRM) solutions and integrated on board processes. Garuda Indonesia (GIA) has a long-term strategic partnership with Lufthansa Systems (DLH) inder which it will use the new (DLH) passenger solutions for core processes including inventory, departure control, reservations and check-in. It will also use NetLine & ProfitLine for network and schedule planning & control processes, as well as solutions for pricing, revenue management, frequent-flier program, e-ticketing, and code sharing.
August 2005: 6,825 employees (+9.2%).
Since Garuda Indonesia (GIA) has debts of $830 Million and lost -$85 Million in 2004, the government has agreed to a bail out if (GIA) merges with Merpati (PNM).
Garuda (GIA) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) will be able to increase services as the result of a Memo of Understanding (MOU) signed between Singapore and Indonesia that formalizes an agreement in principle reached in May 2005. (SIA) will be given more access to Bali and Jakarta while (GIA) will get fifth freedom traffic rights from Singapore.
September 2005: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) and Boeing (TBC) are in talks about an order for 10 787-8s and 18 737-800s potentially worth $2 billion. The order, if finalized, will replace a 1996 order for 777-200ERs. The 787-8s will be delivered between 2011 and 2013. The 737-800s will start the replacement of the airline's 737 Classic fleet. Garuda (GIA) operates three 747-400s, an A330-300, 26 737-400s, 17 737-300s and 5 737-500s.
October 2005: The Indonesian government banned the operation of 737-200s owing to "safety concerns" in the wake of last month's Mandala Airlines (MND) crash. At the same time, the government banned all airplanes >35 years old and/or with >70,000 cycles. The crash was the 8th involving Mandala (MND) since 1975 and there have been 74 crashes involving transport airplanes in Indonesia since 1990.
November 2005: 1st 10 months international = Passenger traffic 5.94 Billion (RPK) traffic (-15%); Freight traffic 153.03 Million (FTK) (-15.5%); 1.92 Million passengers (-.3%).
Garuda Indonesia (GIA) announced plans to start service from Jakarta to India. The airline would operate via Kuala Lumpur or Singapore. Garuda (GIA) said next March it will begin flying a Balikpapan - Singapore route but has not decided on a schedule.
December 2005: 2 747-300's Qantas Airways (QAN) leased for Hadj season.
January 2006: The Indonesian government, as expected, is seeking foreign capital to rescue debt-ridden Garuda (GIA). However, the government's desire to retain 51% control is expected to restrict interest significantly, analysts say. According to the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, Garuda (GIA) has asked Malaysia Airlines (MAS) to reduce its 3x-daily 777 service between Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta to increase yields - - Garuda (GIA) operates 737s on the route. The carrier's problems are wide-ranging, with traffic to Indonesia down -5.9% due to the recent Bali bombings. It also is having difficulty retaining pilots; according to (CAPA), 100 left last year and another 40 are expected to depart in 2006.
Garuda Indonesia (GIA) told a parliamentary commission it lost -IDR672 billion/-$70.7 million in 2005, a narrowing of -17.1% from its 2004 losses, according to (AFP). The carrier said the slight improvement came as cost cuts were offset by rising fuel prices and continued fallout from the Bali terrorist bombings, which ate into earnings by an estimated $14.7 million, according to an airline spokesperson cited by (AFP). Garuda (GIA) reportedly missed a $55 million debt repayment in December and remains $1.2 billion in the red.
2 737-8CX's (32361, PK-GEE; 32363, PK-), ex-Inter Airlines (IAW), (GATX) (GAX) leased.
February 2006: Lufthansa (DLH) Systems (LHS)'s joint venture with Garuda Indonesia (GIA) successfully implemented e-ticketing for the Indonesian carrier. Next steps are introduction of (LHS) solutions for pricing and network planning. Ralf Cabos, Managing Director Lufthansa Systems Asia Pacific, said its biggest regional endeavor is its Information Technology (IT) joint venture with Garuda (GIA) that employs close to 100 and is doing all of Garuda (GIA)'s customer (IT) software and hosting systems and developing new solutions for the industry.
March 2006: Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with Garuda Indonesia (GIA) covering "commercially viable cooperation" including training, jet airplane Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO), information and distribution technology, ground handling, and catering.
Garuda Indonesia (GIA) will introduce 737-800s on its daily Perth - Bali - Jakarta service beginning March 26, replacing 737-400s. The carrier said the route will be among the first to use the new airplanes because of Western Australia's importance to the Bali tourist trade.
April 2006: Interest in airlines in Indonesia appears to be building. Last month, Qantas (QAN) flagged interest in Adam Air (DHI) and recently, Bisnis was quoting Garuda Indonesia (GIA) President Director Emirsyah Satar as stating that Emirates Airlines (EAD) is interested in forging an alliance. "Emirates Airlines (EAD) is one party interested in us, but there are still no concrete plans," he told the Indonesian newspaper. Previously, Lufthansa (DLH) was inked to the financing of a rescue of Garuda (GIA). The national airline of Indonesia has reduced its debt by half over the last five years but this is not as fast as had been planned, with significant debt due to mature shortly. The problems have not been confined to Garuda (GIA), with 4 airlines: Star Air (SRH), Bayu Air (BAY), Bouraq (PTB) and Bali Air (BLN) ceasing operations this year.
May 2006: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) currently has 6,825 employees.
Garuda Indonesia (GIA) flies to 30 domestic destinations and serves 24 international routes.
June 2006: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) will inaugurate service on the Manado - Balikpapan - Jakarta route next month. The airline is also awaiting permission to start service on the Manado - Gorontalo - Jakarta and Ternate - Manado - Jakarta routes.
November 2006: A330-243 (427, G-OJMB), Thomas Cook Airlines (JMA) wet-leased & A330-343X (357, OY-VKI), MyTravel (PRH) wet-leased for Hadj operations - see photos.
December 2006: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) will upgrade its Jakarta to Perth route from direct service, via Denpasar, to nonstop service on December 10th. The route will continue to operate on a daily basis using a 737-800. Denpasar - Perth will also be served with a daily 737-800.
March 2007: Garuda (GIA) lost -IDR191 billion/-$20.9 million in 2006 and is targeting a +IDR45 billion profit this year, Reuters reported.
The Indonesian government announced a ban on commercial airplanes older than 10 years following several mishaps and accidents, the worst of which was the January 2007 crash of a 17-year-old Adam Air (DHI) 737-400 that killed 102. According to the "Associated Press," Transport Minister, Hatta Rajasa insisted the regulation would not require parliamentary approval, but did not indicate when it would go into effect. The current age limit is 20 years. Adam Air (DHI) announced last month, that it intended to lease 6 A320s and build up a fleet of 30 of the type "over the next 5 years," replacing the 737s it now operates. New airplanes will be both leased and purchased.
ACCDT: A Garuda Indonesia (GIA) 737-497 (2393-25664, /92 PK-GZC), en route from Jakarta caught fire upon landing in Yogyakarta. A local official told Reuters that "it happened when it overshot beyond the runway and burst into flames." There reportedly were 133 passengers and seven crew onboard. Indonesian Transport Minister, Hatta Rajasa told local television that 76 people were rescued, according to Bloomberg News. Witnesses reported fatalities. An airport official told local radio that he "saw many bodies, dozens of bodies badly burnt near the exit," according to Fox News in Australia. Indonesia still is dealing with the aftermath of January's crash of an Adam Air (DHI) 737-400 that killed 102 and was considering banning all airplanes >10 years. No further information on the airplane involved was available and Garuda (GIA)'s website was not functioning.
Indonesia's air safety record was under intense scrutiny following this 2nd fatal 737-400 accident in 10 weeks, this 1 killing 1/20 of 7/133 passengers. Officials and surviving passengers said the jet, en route from Jakarta, approached the runway at extremely high speed and those aboard said it shook before landing. "The plane was too fast or overspeeding, so it ran about 300 meters off the runway," Benyamin Dandel, the Indonesian Air Force commander at the airport, told reporters. A number of prominent Australian officials and journalists were aboard the flight, leading to a high level of attention in that country. Australian Prime Minister, John Howard said he had been given no indication that foul play or terrorism was involved. The Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) were recovered and were believed to be on their way to Australia for examination. The USA National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) said it would send a team to assist in the investigation.
More than 250 people, including several dozen on the ground, have died in air crashes in Indonesia in the past 3 years and Garuda (GIA) has had at least nine crashes itself in the past 30 years. A 1997 Garuda (GIA) A300 crash killed all 234 aboard, and an Adam Air (DHI) 737-400 crashed on January 1, killing (6/96) all total 102.
Burhanuddin Napitulu, a senior Indonesian lawmaker, publicly called for the resignation of Transportation Minister, Hatta Radjasa. "The public has lost all trust. They are too scared to take planes. The disasters are neverending," he said. Seven Adam Air (DHI) 737s were grounded for safety reasons last month.
The pilot (FC) of the Garuda Indonesia (GIA) 737-497, that crashed in Yogyakarta said a major, unexpected downdraft caused the accident, according to the President of the Garuda Pilots Assn (GPA). The captain survived the crash in which 20 passengers and one crew were killed and reportedly is being held in a military hospital. The head of the (GPA), identified in media reports as Captain Stephanus, said the 737-400 pilot reported that conditions were normal when the airplane was 1,000 ft above the runway. But then "the captain felt a downdraft" and the airplane sank "rapidly," Stephanus said. Witnesses and surviving passengers have said that the jet appeared to approach the runway at a high rate of speed. According to Stephanus, the captain "said there was a problem. There was something wrong with the flaps. The flaps cannot extend normally." The pilot has been a captain with Garuda (GIA) for five years and has 22 years of experience, Stephanus said. The airplane had 35,157 flight hours and 37,328 cycles, according to Flight Safety Foundation's Aviation Safety Network.
Indonesia National Transportation Safety Bureau investigator Marjono Siswo Suwarno, who is leading the inquiry into the Garuda Indonesia (GIA) 737-497 crash in Yogyakarta, said that the initial evidence does not support the flight captain's contention that a sudden "downdraft" as the airplane was attempting to land caused the accident. "There was no downdraft at the point of landing," Marjono told reporters. "Data from the meteorological board shows that wind speed was less than 5 knots, so conditions were good the final words from the control tower were 'clear to land.'"
Meanwhile, political fallout continued in Indonesia, which has seen its air safety record heavily scrutinized in the wake of the 2nd fatal 737-400 crash in 3 months. Vice President Jusuf Kalla told reporters that the government is "embarrassed Indonesia has had so many accidents. We will issue stronger regulations and older airplane will be banned, and all high-ranked transport officials must be replaced. That's the strongest option of actions."
Days after the release of an Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation report, that found that none of the country's 20 major airlines meets all safety standards, and just three weeks after it suffered a fatal 737-400 accident in Yogyakarta, Garuda Indonesia (GIA) appears to be planning for the future with a significant 737NG order and a return to profitability. (CEO) Emirsyah Satar told reporters at a news conference that the carrier has agreed to buy 25 737-800s. He said it already has made an up-front payment of $23 million, according to widespread media reports from Jakarta. Boeing (TBC) made no announcement and a company spokesperson would not confirm the order but said that the manufacturer "is in discussions [with Garuda (GIA)] to define and understand the airline's current and future fleet requirements." Satar said the airplanes would arrive in the 2009 to 2012 timeframe and the order is "an effort to replace our old airplanes with new ones." "Bloomberg News" reported that the net gain will be approximately seven airplanes by 2012.
The government's safety assessment examined the performance of airlines against 20 criteria adapted from those applied by (ICAO), allocating points for compliance. Carriers were placed in one of three categories based upon points accumulated. 12 of 20 major carriers fell into Category 2, meaning some safety requirements had not been implemented, while the remaining eight were rated Category 3 and given three months to rectify safety shortfalls, before being grounded. Those placed in Category 3 included Adam Air (DHI), which recently suffered a fatal accident. A further 28 smaller airlines and charter companies were audited and eight are facing grounding with the balance having various safety measures to implement. The report follows a string of airline crashes and incidents, the most recent being the Garuda (GIA) crash that had 1/21 fatalities.
See later report in October 2007 & ATTACHED - - "GIA-2007-03 ACCDT-A/B." Also see Indonesian court action detailed in April 2009, and December 2009.
Garuda Indonesia (GIA) confirmed its widely reported order for 25 737-800s, saying on its website that it will take delivery of 8 airplanes in the May to December 2009 period, 10 in 2010, 5 in the final 5 months of 2011 and a pair in the 1st 2 months of 2012. Boeing (TBC) did not confirm the order. Garuda (GIA) also confirmed it will begin taking delivery of 10 787-8s in 2011.
April 2007: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) said it posted a +IDR131 billion/+$14.4 million profit in the 1st 2 months of 2007, a period in which it has lost money each of the past 3 years. It suffered a -IDR173.9 billion loss in the 1st 2 months of 2006. It cited a +9-point increase in load factor to 76% LF and a +8% lift in yield to $0.074 as key factors in the result. Passenger numbers rose +9% to 1.4 million. "Enhanced efficiency and consolidations" pushed the number of profitable domestic routes to 24 from 3 in the 1st 2 months of last year, it said. 5 international routes were profitable compared to none in the year-ago period.
The Garuda Indonesia (GIA) 737-49700 that crashed last month, killing 21 people, was traveling at 410 kph when it hit the runway at Yogyakarta Airport, nearly twice normal speed, according to a report by Indonesia's Transport Committee obtained by the Australian media. According to "The Age," the pilots (FC) reported a fault in the reverse thrust of one engine prior to takeoff, Flight Data Recorders (FDR)s revealed no mechanical problems before landing, weather was calm, and reports of the two pilots (FC)arguing in the cockpit were unsubstantiated. While pilot error is seen as a major cause of the accident, the committee also concluded that the safety runoff on Yogyakarta's runway is too short and that rescue vehicles responding to the accident were too slow and insufficiently equipped. The report did not suggest a reason for the pilots' apparent ignoring of speed and flap warnings in the cockpit.
The USA (FAA) announced that Indonesia "does not comply with international safety standards set by (ICAO)" and lowered the country's safety rating to Category 2, ruling that it is "no longer overseeing the safety of its airlines in accordance with international standards." The USA State Dept issued its own statement saying that last month's safety assessment conducted by the Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation did not include "detailed methodology supporting the ratings" and that "Americans traveling to and from Indonesia should fly directly to their destinations on international carriers from countries whose civil aviation authorities meet international aviation safety standards."
July 2007: Indonesia and (ICAO) signed a "groundbreaking declaration" in Bali under which Indonesia committed to wide-ranging initiatives to improve the safety of its civil aviation system. The deal comes after the European Union (EU) banned all Indonesian airlines from flying into its airspace. Indonesia will restructure the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, enact the required legal framework for it effectively to meet international safety obligations, ensure the required human and financial resources and correct deficiencies identified by (ICAO)'s Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program and other internal or external audits. (ICAO) said, "Indonesia will also implement a proactive and systemic management of safety to comply, in a verifiable manner, with national requirements and (ICAO) international safety standards and industry best practices. This includes a commitment by government authorities and the local air transport industry to foster transparency and the sharing of safety-related data to support the safety management process, under guidelines established by (ICAO)."
The European Commission (EC) published the fourth update of its "blacklist" of airlines banned from operating in the European Union (EU). The list, which takes effect today, now includes all 51 carriers certified in Indonesia, Angolan flag carrier TAAG Angola Airlines (ANG) and Ukrainian cargo operator Volare Aviation Enterprise (VLE). In addition, 10 airlines from Russia, six from Bulgaria and eight from Moldova must cease or limit operations in the (EU) because of preventive safety measures adopted by their respective national civil aviation authorities in consultation with the (EC). 4 Russian passenger carriers Kuban Airlines (KIL), Yakutia Airlines (SYL), Red Wings and Kavminvodyavia have been denied all (EU) access.
Restrictions previously imposed on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) have been modified and it now is allowed to fly to the (EU) with specific 747 and A310 airplanes in addition to the already-authorized 777 fleet.
Both Indonesia and Angola were angered by the ban. The Indonesian government announced it is considering possible retaliation. "We regret their decision as the (EU) never gave us a chance for a dialogue. The President, [Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono] has asked me to look for ways to fairly retaliate against them," Transportation Minister, Jusman Syafei Djamal said in a statement cited by Reuters. At present, no Indonesian carriers fly to the (EU), although Garuda Indonesia (GIA) planned to reintroduce Amsterdam service next year. The USA (FAA) downgraded Indonesia's safety rating in the spring.
Meanwhile, Angola (ANG) rescinded British Airways (BAB)'s traffic rights after UK authorities informed (TAAG) (ANG) that it would not be allowed to fly there. (TAAG) (ANG) was scheduled to begin passenger service to London Gatwick this month. According to press reports, Angola is considering prohibiting other European carriers both Air France (AFA) and (TAP) Portugal fly to Luanda from operating into Angola.
August 2007: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) swung to a half-year profit of +IDR148 billion/+$15.9 million from a -IDR361 billion loss in the first six months of 2006, according to press reports from Jakarta. Revenue rose +12% to IDR5.8 trillion. CEO, Emirsyah Satar was quoted saying that passenger numbers increased +7.1% to 4.4 million and that the improved result was due in part to higher fares (yield rose +8%) and a better utilization rate. Load factor climbed +6 points to 76% LF as the fleet decreased to 49 airplanes from 56, "The Jakarta Post" reported.
Lufthansa (DLH) Systems (LHS) said it is dropping all further development of its Future Airline Core Environment (FACE) passenger management platform. The company cited "commercial reasons" for the decision. (FACE) was intended to support the core processes of passenger airlines, such as schedule distribution, reservations, inventory, ticketing and departure control. The next-generation system was touted as more flexible and more cost-efficient than traditional reservations systems. Lufthansa Systems (LHS) did not elaborate on the commercial reasons for its decision, but the move came on the heels of Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT)'s announcement that it planned to migrate to the Amadeus Alt'a passenger services platform. Amadeus also won the contract to build the Star Alliance (SAL)'s common reservations platform, which will be based on Alt'a. Lufthansa Airlines (DLH), the sister company of Lufthansa Systems (LHS), is a Star Alliance (SAL) member. Lufthansa Systems (LHS) said the three airlines that had signed on to be (FACE) customers - - Qatar Airways (QTA), BMI (BMA), and Garuda Indonesia Airline (GIA) - - still have valid contracts for its existing MultiHost system that can be expanded with Revenue Integrity, Self Service Devices, e-ticketing Hub and other modules. "We had planned to offer (FACE) to airlines as a passenger system that is based on new technology. In the development of this highly complex product, we had to rely to a large extent on products and services of different suppliers," the company said. "Since the project's launch more than two years ago, progress of the development work has been monitored constantly. After the latest review of the project's progress, and the quality of components delivered by external suppliers in particular, we could no longer assume that we would be able to provide our customers with a product that would meet their requirements within a reasonable time frame and at reasonable costs." Among (FACE)'s "external suppliers" was Unisys, whose AirCore product was slated to be "the heart" of (FACE). AirCore, built on Unisys' "3D Visible Enterprise" technology, provides transactional history and preferences from which future transactions can benefit. AirCore produces a passenger name record, but the file also includes a full view of the customer relationship, not just a specific transaction. Earlier this year, Lufthansa Systems (LHS) said it was investing €40 million in (FACE).
October 2007: ACCDT: (Post report on March 2007): The Garuda Indonesia (GIA) 737-497 (2393-25664, /92 PK-GZC) crash at Yogyakarta, that killed 21 people in March was the result of pilot (FC) error, according to widespread press reports citing comments from the National Transportation Safety Commission (NTSC) Chairman, Tatang Kurniadi. The pilot (FC), who reportedly had more than >15,000 hours of 737-400 flight time, approached the runway at 408 kph - - approximately +65% faster than normal - - despite at least 15 alerts from the Ground Proximity Warning System (GPWS) and advice from the copilot, Kurniadi said. In addition, Garuda (GIA) was unable to show evidence that its pilots (FC) were trained or checked for operations in the event of (GPWS) warnings, while the airport lacked proper emergency planning, according to reports.
SEE DECEMBER 2009 - - FLIGHT CREW CHARGES DISMISSED.
Later (April 2009): An Indonesian court jailed Garuda Indonesia (GIA) Captain Marwoto Komar, 45, the pilot (FC) who was in command of a (GIA) 737-400 that crashed in Yogyakarta in March 2007, killing 21. He will serve 2 years after being found guilty by the Sleman District Court's 5 judges of "criminal negligence." One judge said, "In the landing stages the defendant was not careful and should have coordinated better with his copilot (FC)." Komar, who will appeal, was charged with manslaughter in February after the Indonesian National Transport Safety Committee claimed that he ignored 15 alert warnings in addition to his copilot (FC)'s advice to abort the landing. Prosecutors eventually dropped the most serious charges and were seeking a four-year prison term. The 737 touched down at 221 kt, 87 kt faster than landing speed for 40 degrees flap. It overran the runway, crossed a road and ended up in a rice paddy 756 ft away. Since the crash, the (EU) and USA have banned all Indonesian airlines from flying into their airspace.
November 2007: The European Commission (EC) issued the sixth update of its airline blacklist, removing Suriname's Blue Wing Airlines and lifting the operating restrictions imposed on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). Both carriers, however, will remain subject to prioritized ramp inspections at Community airports in order to ensure their "consistent adherence" to relevant safety standards. "This latest revision shows that when airlines take rapid and sound corrective action to comply with safety standards, they can be withdrawn from the list quickly," (EC) VP Transport, Jacques Barrot noted. "It also shows that the list increasingly serves as a preemptive, rather than punitive tool for safeguarding aviation safety." He added that relevant oversight authorities verified measures taken by (PIA) and Blue Wing Airlines and "that these measures provide for long-lasting sustainable solutions to avoid the same problems recurring in the future."
The blacklist now comprises eight individual carriers including TAAG Angola Airlines (ANG), Mahan Air (MHN), and Ukrainian Mediterranean Airlines (UM Air - (UKM)), whose operations are fully banned in the (EU). Also banned are all airlines from Equatorial Guinea (ECV), Indonesia: (AWR); (BLN); (BTV); (DHI); (FES); (GIA); (KTK); (LKW); (MLI); (MND); (NOK); (PNM); (PTF); (REX); (SJA); (TGN); (TMG); (WON); (XPR); Kyrgyzstan: (ITL); (KYR); (PHG); (PHX); (STZ); Liberia: (LBG); Sierra Leone: (ORG); (RUM); (UVL); Swaziland: (AFC); and Democratic Republic of Congo: (TCS); (WDA); & (WET) with the exception of Hewa Bora Airways (EXD), which is subject to operating restrictions). Operational restrictions were placed on Air Bangladesh (BGD) and Air Service Comores (COM).
December 2007: 737-8FH (29671, EI-DMZ), Futura International (FUA) leased.
February 2008: In a major fleet upgrade, Garuda Indonesia (GIA) plans to order 10 777-200ERs at next week's Singapore Air Show. According to Bisnis Indonesia, the airline will use the airplanes to support expansion plans in Europe, the Middle East and East Asia. Garuda (GIA) Operations Director, Ari Sapari told media that the Memo of Understanding (MOU) with Boeing (TBC) will be signed in Singapore.
Sapari also said the purchase is in addition to the carrier's 787-8 commitment signed in September 2005, but never confirmed. He refuted suggestions that the Boeing (TBC) order was in retaliation for the European Union (EU)'s current ban on Garuda (GIA) flights. The airline committed to the 777 in the mid-1990s, but the order was cancelled after the Asian currency crisis.
Later, Garuda Indonesia (GIA) kicked off the Singapore Airshow with an order for 10 777-300ERs and 25 737-800s collectively valued at $4.76 billion. The order replaces a 1996 commitment for six 777-200ERs and 18 737-700s that long since had lapsed due to the Asian currency crisis. The carrier also took purchase rights on a further 25 737-800s and 10 777-300ERs.
Garuda (GIA) President & (CEO), Emirsyah Satar said that the airplanes are "for both expansion and replacement . . . the first 777-300ERs will be delivered in 2010 and will replace our 747-400s."
Boeing (TBC) Commercial Airplanes VP Sales, Dinesh Keskar said the manufacturer was "honored that Garuda (GIA) selected the 777 and 737-800 as the platforms for its modernization plans." The airline also has 10 787s on order for delivery starting in 2012.
April 2008: The European Commission (EC) issued a revision of its list of banned airlines, the seventh update since establishment of the blacklist in March 2006. Newcomers are Ukraine Cargo Airways (the third Ukrainian airline after Volare Airlines (VLE) and Ukrainian Mediterranean Airlines) and Hewa Bora Airways (EXD) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (EXD) previously was allowed to operate a single airplane under a special arrangement that has ended. Garuda Indonesia (GIA) also remains on the list. "The airline has made progress in the implementation of corrective measures, yet this is not sufficient," the (EC) noted. "Furthermore, the authorities of Indonesia have still to demonstrate that they have completed the corrective action." Following the update, nine individual airlines and all carriers from Equatorial Guinea, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are prohibited from operating in the European Union (EU).
May 2008: Garuda Indonesia (GIA)’s low-cost carrier "Citilink" plans to resume operations in September after an eight-month hiatus. "Citilink" Marketing Manager, Rudy Mariamto Kaharmen says the plan is to resume operations on 1 September using 737-300s. On 15 January, the airline stopped operating, says Kaharmen, who declines to say why this occurred. Since then “we have been preparing our plan to be spun off…and become a subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia (GIA)," he said. He said the airline has been speaking to several undisclosed airplane leasing companies and “the plan this year is to be have three 737-300s.” The 737-300 will seat 148Y passengers in an all-economy configuration and is a smaller capacity airplane than the 737-400, says Kaharmen, adding that management has determined that the smaller capacity is more suitable for its needs. He says: “We have already paid the deposits on some airplanes for a letter-of-intent (LOI)” and one of the airplanes is an ex-Adam Air (DHI) 737-300. The leasing company has agreed that this airplane will first undergo a maintenance check at GMF AeroAsia before being delivered to Citilink, he adds. Adam Air (DHI) is a privately owned Indonesian carrier that collapsed earlier this year, after experiencing financial problems.
When "Citilink" resumes operations, it will use the air operator’s certificate (AOC) of Garuda (GIA), but its main base will be in Surabaya rather than Jakarta, says Kaharmen. “By having a separate base to Garuda (GIA), we really plan to be separate” and “make ourselves efficient in terms of networking”, he says. Garuda Indonesia (GIA) is positioned as a full-service carrier but Kaharmen says "Citilink" will be positioned as a low-cost carrier (LCC) and it will operate on the main trunk routes from Surabaya to Indonesian cities such as Jakarta, Balikpapan, Kupang, and the island of Batam.
He adds that "Citilink" is currently headed by Garuda (GIA) Strategic Business Unit VP, Joseph Saul.
June 2008: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) announced the successful completion of its (IATA) (ITA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification and said it "hoped the achievement would gain some recognition from the European Commission (EC)," which has banned Indonesian airlines from operating in Europe.
Garuda (GIA) launched 3x-weekly, Denpasar - Nagoya aboard an A330-300. It had suspended service to the Japanese city in January.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) is increasing services in August to the Indonesian resort island of Bali thanks to a new agreement signed with Garuda Indonesia (GIA) that will see the Indonesian carrier codesharing on (SIA)’s additional services to the island. An (SIA) spokesman in Singapore said (SIA) will be increasing its Singapore - Denpasar Bali service to four flights a day from three. (SIA) operates on the route using 777-200s, according to Innovata, which also shows Garuda (GIA) has 11x-weekly using 737-400s. The spokesman said (SIA) can increase services on the route, because it will be using some of (GIA)’s traffic rights and (GIA) will be placing its code on the additional seven flights per week. A (GIA) spokesman in Jakarta said even though (GIA) will soon be placing its code on some (SIA) flights on the route, it will “maintain the existing flights”. He also said under the new agreement, (SIA) in future will place its code on some of (GIA)’s domestic flights, but he was unable to provide details on this. Another aspect of the agreement is that (SIA) will help to sell tickets on (GIA)’s international flights that go via Singapore, and (GIA) will help sell tickets on (SIA) international flights to destinations in Asia, Europe, and elsewhere. The carriers can profit from this because the spokesman said each will get special rates on the other’s flights.
Garuda (GIA)’s fleet largely consists of short-haul airplanes that are mostly used on domestic routes, so in recent years, the airline has been looking to expand its international reach by co-operating with foreign carriers such as (SIA) and Malaysia Airlines (MAS).
(GIA) said Garuda (GIA) President, Emirsyah Satar, and (SIA) CEO, Chew Choon Seng, signed the agreement on 20 June.
July 2008: The eighth edition of the European Commission (EC)'s blacklist of banned airlines does not include Iran's Mahan Airlines (MHN), thanks to "significant efforts and progress accomplished by this carrier, which were verified during an on-site inspection," but continues to include Indonesian airlines, including Garuda Indonesia (GIA). "The Commission (EC) decided that the Indonesian authorities have still not developed and implemented an efficient oversight program on any of the carriers under their regulatory control," it said. Ukraine Cargo Airways remains banned as well, and Yemenia Airways (YEM) was told it "should complete its corrective actions plan" by the Air Safety Committee's next meeting. All airlines from Equatorial Guinea, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are banned, while Gabon Airlines and Afrijet (FRJ) from Gabon are allowed to maintain operations at their current level.
2 737-800, (ILF) 8 year leased.
August 2008: Indonesia's economy grew +6% (year/year) in the second quarter (Q2).
September 2008: CIT Aerospace (TCI) signed leases for five 737-800s with Garuda Indonesia (GIA), a new customer. Delivery is scheduled to begin in January.
November 2008: The European Commission (EC) added some other airlines to its list of airlines banned from flying into the European Union (EU). Regarding the Philippines, the (EC) said it "intends to carry out with member states a safety assessment of the Philippine civil aviation authorities in early 2009."
December 2008: World nations currently rated Category 2 by the USA (FAA) under the agency's International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program are: Bangladesh, Belize, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Israel, Kiribati, Montenegro, Nauru, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Philippines, Serbia, Swaziland, Ukraine, Uruguay and Zimbabwe. The (FAA) rating prevents nation's airlines being allowed to fly into the USA. They have the option to fly to the USA with an airline who is approved under Category 1.
The (FAA) states that a Category 2 rating "may involve a country lacking laws or regulations necessary to oversee air carriers in accordance with international standards, or that its civil aviation authority does not meet international standards in one or more areas such as technical expertise, trained personnel, record keeping, or inspection procedures."
January 2009: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) said it plans to launch "at least" 18 new routes this year, as it begins taking delivery of 14 new 737NGs in mid-year. Thrice-weekly, Yogyakarta - Singapore already has begun and this month flights are expected to begin from Jakarta to Tanjungkarang, Malang and Kendari (via Makassar) and to Hong Kong from Surabaya and Denpasar, with more to follow. President & (CEO), Emirsyah Satar said (GIA) expects to be operating 128 airplanes by 2013 as it adds 50 737s and 10 777-300ERs. It currently flies three 747-400s, six A330s, six 737NGs and 39 737 Classics.
1 737-300, (ILF) 4.5 year leased.
February 2009: Indonesian prosecutors dropped the most serious charge against Garuda Indonesia (GIA) Captain Marwoto Komar but still are seeking a four-year prison term for negligence in the 737-400 accident at Yogyakarta that killed 21 in March 2007. "As a senior pilot (FC), the defendant was careless and caused an accident that led to a lot of casualties," Chief Prosecutor, Mudim Aresto was quoted as saying. Komar is accused of ignoring 15 automated cockpit warnings and landing the airplane at around 240 kt. He will present his final arguments beginning March 10.
SEE DECEMBER 2009 - - DISMISSAL OF CHARGES AGAINST FLIGHT CREW (FC).
(CIT) Group (TCI) delivers the first of five (CFM56-7B24)-powered 737-8ASs (29931, EI-CSR) to (GIA).
March 2009: In 2008, Garuda Indonesia (GIA) earned a +$57 million operating profit on $1.5 billion in revenue.
(DAE) Capital, the airplane leasing arm of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAZ) signed an operating lease agreement with Garuda Indonesia (GIA) for eight 737-800s. The deal is a sale-and-leaseback transaction covering airplanes scheduled to begin delivery in June. The eight 737-800s covered in the contract are the first of 50 737NGs (25 firm plus 25 options) that (GIA) ordered at last year's Singapore Air Show.
(CIT) Aerospace (TCI) delivered a (CFM56-7B24)-powered 737-800 to Garuda Indonesia (GIA).
April 2009: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) reported a +IDR669 billion/+$61.3 million profit in 2008, a massive increase from the +IDR60 billion earned in 2007, the "Antara" national news agency reported.
An Indonesian court jailed (GIA) Captain Marwoto Komar, 45, the pilot (FC) who was in command of a (GIA) 737-400 that crashed in Yogyakarta in March 2007 (ACCDT), killing 21. He will serve two years after being found guilty by the Sleman District Court's five judges of "criminal negligence." One judge said, "In the landing stages the defendant was not careful and should have coordinated better with his copilot (FC)." Komar, who will appeal, was charged with manslaughter in February after the Indonesian National Transport Safety Committee claimed that he ignored 15 alert warnings in addition to his copilot (FC)'s advice to abort the landing. Prosecutors eventually dropped the most serious charges and were seeking a four-year prison term. The 737 touched down at 221 kt, 87 kt faster than landing speed for 40 degrees flap. It overran the runway, crossed a road and ended up in a rice paddy 756 ft away. Since the crash, the (EU) and USA have banned all Indonesian airlines from flying into their airspace.
SEE DECEMBER 2009 - - DISMISSAL OF CHARGES AGAINST FLIGHT CREW (FC).
Indonesia's Ministry of Transportation said all airlines based in the country will be required to operate at least 10 airplanes (each) by 2012, at least five of which must be owned. "If not, they will have to shut down or merge with other airlines to meet the quota," a ministry spokesperson told reporters. The rule change (currently Indonesian carriers only have to own two airplanes) is driven by safety concerns. "We want airlines to be financially sound and committed to giving the best in terms of service and safety," the spokesperson said, according to "Agence France Presse."
A330-243 (988), (ILF) leased.
June 2009: 737-8U3 (30151, PK-GMA), and A330-243 (1020, PK-GPI - - SEE PHOTO - - "GIA-NEW LIVERY-2009-06"), deliveries.
July 2009: Indonesia Foreign Minister, Hassan Wirajuda said the European Union (EU) will lift its ban on Garuda Indonesia (GIA), and Mandala Airlines (MND) this month, according to "The Jakarta Post." "The (EU) judge[s] that our local airlines have fulfilled 62 out of the 69 requirements to fly to the continent," Hassan said during a hearing with the House of Representatives Commission for Foreign Affairs. Indonesian carriers have been on the (EU)'s blacklist for two years. (GIA) intends to fly to Amsterdam beginning next year with new 777s, followed by London Heathrow, and Frankfurt.
Iran's Mahan Air (MHN) was added to the (EU)'s list of banned airlines, while Garuda Indonesia (GIA), Airfast Indonesia (PTF), Mandala Airlines (MND) and Premiair were removed from the "blacklist." The latest update did not include Yemenia Yemen Airways (YEM), despite recent controversy following the June 29 A310-300 crash that killed 152 passengers and crew. All airlines from Zambia and Kazakhstan were added to the list with the exception of Air Astana (AKZ), which will be allowed limited access to (EU) nations.
(TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG), already on the list of more than >200 carriers, will be allowed to operate "into Portugal only with certain airplanes and under very strict conditions," the European Commission (EC) said, adding that the limited access was granted to acknowledge "progress made by the civil aviation authority of Angola [and (TAAG) (ANG)] to resolve progressively any safety deficiencies." All other Angolan airlines remain banned. All Indonesian carriers remain banned apart from the aforementioned four. Complete bans are in place on airlines from Benin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Swaziland.
European Commission (EC) VP Transport, Antonio Tajani has called for a global blacklist, a suggestion that has been rejected by (ICAO) for now. "We will not accept that airlines fly at different standards when they operate inside and outside Europe," he said, renewing his call. "It is high time that the international community rethinks its safety policy; those airlines which are unsafe should not be allowed to fly anywhere."
(GIA) rolled out a new product, service concept and corporate identity. (GIA), which earlier this month was removed from the (EU)'s list of banned airlines, is in the process of taking delivery of 64 airplanes over the next two years including 10 777-300ERs in 2011. (GIA) unveiled a "Nature's Wing" livery on an A330-200 and a 737-800 to coincide with the opening of a new headquarters building near Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta Airport. Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was on hand to lend significance to the event.
Garuda (GIA) (CEO), Emirsyah Satar told media that the airline has made "enormous progress over the last four years." Executive VP Commercial, Agus Priyanto said it is aiming for a five-star Skytrax rating by 2014. (GIA) plans to more than double its fleet to 116 airplanes over the next five years, with international departures increasing 300% to 1,222 a week by 2014. It is taking delivery of 50 737-800s and four A330s along with the 10 777-300ERs. (GIA) said it will have established 18 new routes by the end of 2009.
The 737-800 and A330-200 recently unveiled featured Garuda (GIA)'s new interior product that includes individual (LCD) TVs throughout. It said passengers will be offered a choice of 25 movies, 10 TV programs, 35 music albums and 25 interactive video games. Business class (C) on the A330-200 is fitted with 180-degree reclining seats that can be turned into flat beds. (GIA) said the airplane is a "precedent" for its future fleet.
A330-243 (1028, PK-GPK), (ILF) leased.
August 2009: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) reinstated 3x-weekly, Jakarta service to Sydney, Melbourne and Seoul Incheon aboard A330-200s.
(GIA) CEO, Emirsyah Satar told reporters that (GIA) intends to raise $300 to $400 million through an Initial Public Offering (IPO) in the first half of next year, "Dow Jones" reported. He said earlier that the offering would comprise 15% to 20% of the company.
737-86J (30876, PK-GER), delivery, ex-Air Berlin (BER), ex-(D-ABAD).
September 2009: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) made a net profit of +669 billion rupiah/+$67 million last year, and Emirsyah Satar, CEO, said profits for the first half of this year are higher.
SEE ATTACHED AIRLINE BUSINESS MAGAZINE ARTICLE - - "GIA-NEWS-2009-09."
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) instituted proceedings in federal court against Garuda Indonesia (GIA), the 10th airline now accused of "alleged price-fixing in the air cargo industry," the regulatory body said. The (ACCC) claimed that between 2001 and 2006 (GIA) "entered into arrangements or understandings" with other airlines intending to collude on fuel and security surcharges. A hearing has been set for October 22 in Sydney.
In a statement cited by Melbourne's "Herald Sun," a (GIA) spokesperson said it "has never imposed a fuel surcharge on cargo shipped from Australia and indeed, has never charged shippers in Australia any form of fuel surcharge." It did levy a security charge on cargo leaving Australia but did so "without reference to any other airline."
The (ACCC)'s investigations have resulted in A$41 million in combined penalties to date, and proceedings are continuing against Singapore Airlines (SIA), Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT) and Emirates (EAD). It said "other airlines" remain under investigation and that "further actions are expected during the next few months."
(ILFC) (ILF) announced a lease deal of two new A330-200s to Garuda Indonesia (GIA) for 84 and 86 months, respectively.
October 2009: The "New York Times" described the often overlooked turnaround at Garuda (GIA), Indonesia’s government owned airline. Once saddled with a bloated work force, an aging fleet, inefficient operations and high debts, (GIA) is now adding airplanes, routes, passengers and soon — if all goes as planned — private sector investors. Even more remarkably, (GIA)’s earning money during the world economic downturn. (CEO), Emirsyah Satar says profits during the first nine months of 2009 exceeded those for all of 2008, when it earned a +$72 million net profit. (GIA) is even re-starting flights to Europe.
(GIA) will reinstate daily, Jakarta - Amsterdam service via Dubai June 1 aboard an A330-200 following "much improved business and economic relations between Indonesia and the Netherlands," it said. (GIA) was removed from the European Union (EU)'s black list of banned airlines in July.
2 A330-243s (TRENT 772B-60) (250, C-GGTS; 271, C-GITS), Air Transat (AIJ) wet-leased. A330-243 (1052, PK-GPI), Aercap (DEA) leased.
November 2009: Honeywell (SGC) announced that Garuda Indonesia (GIA) selected its IntuVue 3-D advanced weather radar as part of a package of avionics to equip 25 737-800s plus 25 options. The order was valued at more than >$28 million by (SGC). The package also includes communication and navigation sensors comprising Multi-Mode Receiver, radio altimeter and (ADF), CAS 100 (ACAS), flight voice and data recorders, Flight Data Acquisition & Management Systems, airborne data loader, cockpit data printer and Automatic Fixed Emergency Locator Transmitter.
2 737-8U3s (30155, PK-GMC; 30156, PK-GMD), deliveries. 777-21B (27360, B-2054), China Southern Airlines (GUN) wet-leased for Hajj flights.
December 2009: The Garuda Indonesia (GIA) pilot (FC) in command of the 737-400 that crashed at Yogyakarta in March 2007, killing 21 people, won his appeal against a two-year prison sentence that was handed down last April. All charges against Marwoto Komar were dismissed by the Yogyakarta High Court, which ruled that he did his best to save the airplane. (GIA) said it would not reinstate Komar, whose claims that a downdraft and/or the airplane's stabilizers were to blame for the accident were labeled as "alibis" by prosecutors. He was charged with criminal negligence after the 737-400 touched down at 221 kt, 87 kt faster than the landing speed for 40 degrees flap, with evidence presented that he ignored 15 automated warnings and two go-around requests from the copilot (FC). However, the Indonesian National Transport Safety Committee report also was critical of both the airline and Indonesia's Directorate General of Civil Aviation for a lack of oversight. The report found that the Garuda (GIA) simulator pilot (FC) proficiency check records showed no evidence of pilots (FC) being trained or tested in the responses required in the event of various ground proximity warnings or alerts. (GIA) and the (DGCA) since have rectified the shortcomings.
(KLM) and Garuda Indonesia (GIA) signed agreements to code share on each other's flights between Singapore (SIN) and Denpasar (DPS) and to cooperate on component maintenance. (KLM) offers a 3x-weekly, Amsterdam - (SIN) - (DPS) service, increasing to 4x- next month. (GIA) operates a daily, (SIN) - (DPS). In addition, (KLM) will outsource fan cowl maintenance to Garuda Maintenance Facilities AeroAsia.
2 737-8U3s (30140, PK-GMF; 30157, PK-GME), deliveries.
January 2010: SEE ATTACHED - - "GIA-2010-01 PLANS."
February 2010: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) is on course for a $300 million initial public offering (IPO) around the middle of this year, (CEO), Emirsyah Satar told reporters in Singapore. "We have yet to determine the underwriters. The (IPO) will either be in late second quarter or early third quarter of this year," he said, adding that (GIA) plans to increase its fleet from the current 67 airplanes to 116 over the next five years. (GIA) will take delivery of 24 in 2010 and has converted its order for 10 787s into 777-300s that will begin delivery next year. He said it also is awaiting regulatory approval to launch a low-cost subsidiary
(GIA) confirmed that it has canceled its orders for 10 787s. The order originally was placed in September 2005. President & (CEO), Emirsyah Satar said that the commitment has been swapped for 10 777-300ER orders. "We simply couldn't wait for the 787," he said.
This year, (GIA) will take delivery of 23 737-800s and one A330-200 as part of its ongoing "Quantum Leap" program that will see its fleet grow from 58 in 2008 to 116 in 2014 comprising 90 737-800s, 20 A330s and six 777-300ERs. It plans to launch an Initial Public Offering (IPO) in the second half of 2010 to raise $300 million.
3 737-8U3s (30141, PK-GMG), delivery, and (29666, PK-GMK; 31763, PK-GML), Babcock (BBB) leased.
March 2010: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) reported a 2009 net profit of +IDR1.01 trillion/+$109.9 million, up +50% from the prior year, and an operating surplus of +IDR807.6 billion, (CEO), Emirsyah Satar said at a Jakarta news conference, adding that (GIA) is working on restructuring $527 million in debt ahead of its third-quarter Initial Public Offering (IPO). Its largest creditor is the European Credit Agency ($241 million), according to reports. Passenger numbers last year rose +3% to 10.3 million but revenue dropped -7% to IDR16.7 trillion. (GIA) is targeting a +15% increase in net profit in 2010.
(GIA) announced the sale of four 737-400s through auction.
737-8U3 (30142, PK-GMH), delivery.
April 2010: 2 737-8U3s (30143, PK-GMI; 31044, PK-GMJ), deliveries.
May 2010: 737-8U3 (30145, PK-GMM), delivery.
June 2010: (SITA) reached an agreement with Garuda Indonesia (GIA) to provide its Aircom Datalink Services across Garuda (GIA)'s fleet, which the carrier said is part of its "Quantum Leap" modernization plan focused on doubling the fleet to 116 airplanes over the next five years.
737-8U3 (30146, PK-GMN), delivery.
July 2010: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) as the Indonesian flag carrier, operates scheduled services to more than 20 international destinations in Asia Pacific, the Far East, the Middle East, Europe, and Australasia and to more than 30 domestic points. Citylink is a low cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary.
(IATA) Code: GA - 126. (ICAO) Code: GIA (Callsign - INDONESIA).
Parent organization/shareholders: Indonesian government (100%).
Airline subsidiaries/shareholdings: Citilink (100%); & Merpati Nusantara (PNM) (6.8%).
Alliances: China Airlines (CHI); China Southern Airlines (GUN); Korean Air (KAL); Malaysia Airlines (MAS); Philippine Airlines (PAL); Qatar Airways (QAT); SilkAir (SLK); Singapore Airlines (SIA); & Vietnam Airlines (VIE).
Main Base: Jakarta Soekarno Hatta International Airport (CGK).
Hubs: Medan airport (MES); Ngura Rau Bali International (DPS); & Surabaya Juanda airport (SUB).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Balikpapan; Banda Aceh; Banjarmarsin; Batam; Biak; Denpasar (Bali); Jakarta; Jayapura; Kendari; Manado; Mataram; Medan; Padang; Palembang; Pekanbaru; Pontianak; Semarang; Solo City; Surabaya; Tarakan; Tembagapura; Ujung Pandang; & Yogyakarta.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Adelaide; Amsterdam; Auckland; Bangkok; Beijing; Brisbane; Damman; Darwin; Doha; Dubai; Frankfurt; Fukuoka; Guangzhou; Ho Chi Minh City; Hong Kong; Jeddah; Kuala Lumpur; Kuching; London; Manchester; Manila; Melbourne; Nagoya; Osaka; Paris; Penang; Perth; Riyadh; Seoul; Shanghai; Singapore; Sydney; Taipei; & Tokyo.
Garuda Indonesia (GIA) launched daily, Jakarta - Amsterdam - Dubai service, the first of "several major European destinations" it said it plans to open in the next four years.
2 737-8U3s (30147, PK-GMO; 40807, PK-GFD), RBS leased and 2 737-86Ns (36549, PK-GFA; 39390, PK-GFC), (GEF) leased.
August 2010: Up to four new Indonesian airlines are expected to be given rights to fly from Indonesia to Australia after the two countries announced an increase of almost +50% in the weekly capacity to 14,800 seats. Indonesian carrier Batavia Air (BTV) announced it had been given rights to fly from Bali to Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney, while applications from Sriwijaya Air, Mandala Airlines (MND) and Lion Air (MLI) are pending.
Australian-based Pacific Blue (PBI), Jetstar (IMU) and Strategic Airlines (STC) - - along with AirAsia Indonesia (AWR) and Garuda (GIA) - - already operate on the principal routes leading some analysts to suggest that too many airlines were being allowed to service the market. However, that market is growing at an unprecedented rate. Travel from Perth to Bali jumped +46% in 2009 with 463,352 passengers carried both ways and early figures point to another +50% increase this year.
2 737-8U3s (30148, PK-GMP; 36436, PK-GFF) deliveries and 737-86N (36804, PK-GFE), (GEF) leased.
September 2010: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) will eventually transfer its older 737s to its low-cost carrier (CCC) subsidiary, Citilink, but must delay the move due to a shortage of pilots (FC). Citilink has a fleet of six 737-300/400s and “we have additional 737-400s we are working to deploy to Citilink, but we are waiting to get the pilots (FC),” says (GIA) Executive VP Corporate Strategy, Elisa Lumantoruan. “There is a shortage of pilots (FC) in Indonesia at the moment, and even though we have contacted pilot (FC) training schools to get cockpit crew (FC), it takes nine to 12 months for them to graduate,” he says. Over the past 10 years, Indonesia’s airline industry has grown by about +21% per annum. Lumantoruan also concedes that development of Citilink has slowed in recent times because Garuda Indonesia (GIA) has been busy working on its mainline business and preparing for an initial public offering (IPO). (GIA) aims to have its (IPO) before year end and has been busy introducing A330s and 737-800s into its fleet and launching new international services to destinations such as Amsterdam. (GIA) mainline is also in the market to lease wide bodies. “We’re looking to lease 777s because the 777s we have on order will only be delivered at the end of 2012,” says Lumantoruan. (GIA) has 10 777-300ERs on order. First deliveries were due to occur in 2010, but (GIA) later delayed first deliveries.
Lumantoruan also says (GIA) plans to phase out its 747s by 2012 because these airplanes are “just too old.” (GIA) has three 747s and these are 747-400s. Lumantoruan says once the (IPO) is complete, (GIA) will step up efforts to expand Citilink. “We need to fix our main business first and then we need to focus on Citilink because that is where the market is growing faster.” He says (GIA) plans to make Citilink a separate legal entity and ensure it has its own air operator’s certificate (AOC) rather than have it continue operating under the (GIA) (AOC).
They are also considering bringing strategic investors in to help Citilink, says Lumantoruan. The overall aim is to have Citilink account for 40% of (GIA)’s group revenue by 2014, he says. Citilink, which is managed as a strategic business unit of (GIA), today accounts for less than <5% of group revenue, confirms Lumantoruan.
737-8BK (37819, PK-GFG), CIT Group (TCI) leased, and 2 737-8U3s (30149, PK-GMQ) delivery, and (36850, PK-GFH), (CGP) leased.
October 2010: 3 A330-243s (250, C-GGTS; 271, C-GITS; 480, C-GPTS) Air Transat (AIJ) wet-leased to Garuda Indonesia Airlines (GIA) for the Hajj.
December 2010: (GECAS) (GEF) delivered three new 737-800s to Garuda Airlines (GIA) in Indonesia.
737-86N (36808, PK-GFL), ex-(N1787B), (GEF) leased and A330-243 (1184, PK-GPL), ex-(F-WWKT), CIT Group (TCI) leased.
January 2011: For all its exploits, Singapore airport (SIN) is not the busiest airport in the (ASEAN) region. Nor does Bangkok airport hold that distinction any longer. The new leader is Jakarta airport (CGK), at least based on the latest figures from Airports Council International, which ranks it number one in its region for the 12 months through September. With annual growth of +21%, Jakarta Airport (CGK) now handles nearly 43 million passengers a year. That ranks it number 16 worldwide and just behind Amsterdam airport (AMS) in the global rankings. Of the top 30 airports worldwide, moreover, only Shanghai Pudong airport is growing faster.
737-8U3 (39920, PK-GFM), Lombard Leasing leased.
May 2011: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) will increase daily, Bangkok - Jakarta service to 2x-daily on June 17.
SR Technics (SWS) inked a five-year Integrated Component Solutions (ICS) contract with Garuda Indonesia (GIA) valued at $36 million to provide (ICS) for its 43 737NGs. (SWS) already provides (ICS) for (GIA)'s A330s.
(GIA) took delivery of one new A330-200 from Dublin-based airplane lessor (AWAS) (AWW).
June 2011: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) launched Singapore Changi - Makassar service on June 1.
(GIA) ordered 25 A320neo airplanes.
July 2011: The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) announced that Garuda Indonesia (GIA) pilots (FC) is holding a 24-hour strike "for pay parity." "The unions have accused Garuda (GIA) management of imposing regulations, intimidating union members and refusing to implement a collective bargaining agreement since 2009," the (ITF) said.
The (ITF) accused the Indonesian government of turning "a deaf ear" to appeals to get involved in the labor dispute between the pilots (FC) and the state-owned carrier (GIA).
(GIA) placed a firm order for four A330-300s and converted three previously ordered A330-200s into A330-300 models. (GIA) will use the A330-300s on long-haul flights from Jakarta and Denpasar to the Middle East and Asia/Pacific destinations.
Garuda currently operates seven leased A330-200s and six A330-300s.
October 2011: 737-81D (39417, PK-GFR), delivery and A320-233 (0892, PK-GLC), AerCap (DEA) leased , ex-(HA-LPC).
November 2011: Rolls-Royce (RRC) has won a $280 million order from Garuda Indonesia (GIA) for (Trent 700) engines to power four A330s. In addition, (GIA) confirmed a previous order for (Trent 700) engines to power six A330s, which was announced last year. All 10 airplanes will have long-term TotalCare service support.
February 2012: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) launched a new domestic route on 10 February when it connected Bandung (BDO), the capital of West Java province, with Surabaya (SUB), the capital of East Java province. (GIA) that is due to join the SkyTeam (STM) Alliance this year now operates the 580-km route daily with its 96-seat 737-500s. Competition comes from Merpati Nusantara Airline (MPT)’s 2x-daily and Sriwijaya Air (SJA)’s daily flights. From 14 February, Indonesia AirAsia (ASR) also competes with a daily operation.
Bombardier Aerospace (BMB) and Garuda Indonesia (GIA) said (GIA) has committed to up to 18/18 orders of Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGens regional jets to support its domestic and regional operations from its Makassar, Medan and Balikpapan hubs.
The deal includes a firm order for 18 airplanes and options for a further 18, (GIA) President & (CEO), Emirsyah Satar said. Of the 18 firm orders, six will be purchased directly by (GIA) and 12 will be acquired by the Scandinavian lessor Nordic Aviation Capital, he said.
The firm order is valued at approximately $297 million, and could increase to approximately $1.32 billion if all 18 options are exercised, Bombardier said.
The airplane will be configured in a two-class layout and will be an integral part of (GIA)’s full-service approach and network.
The first CRJ1000 is expected to be delivered in October and five airplanes should join the (GIA) fleet this year; a further 12 will be delivered in 2013.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president Mike Arcamone said the “CRJ1000 NextGen regional jet continues to perform beyond expectations with its current operators, and we are thrilled to welcome Garuda Indonesia as the aircraft’s launch customer in the Asia/Pacific region.”
Including the order from (GIA), more than >300 CSeries, CRJ and Q-Series airplanes are on order or are operating in the Asia/Pacific region, Bombardier said. It forecasts the Asia/Pacific region (including China) will take delivery of approximately 4,000 airplanes in the 20- to 149-seat category over the next 20 years.
Bombardier said it has recorded firm orders for 1,715 CRJ Series aircraft.
737-8U3 (38073, PK-GMU), and A330-243 (1288, PK-GPO), (ALE) leased, deliveries.
April 2012: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) and Auckland International airport (AKL), New Zealand have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore the re-opening of direct service from Indonesia to (AKL). According to the (MOU), (GIA) will launch flights to the airport when market conditions and airplane availability make it feasible.
The agreement was inked during New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key’s trade mission to Indonesia. One of the goals of the trip was to step up cooperation between the two nations in the aviation sector.
Currently, there are no flights linking Indonesia and New Zealand. However, Air New Zealand (ANZ) is scheduled to begin seasonal, twice weekly flights to Bali in June.
“I was pleased to learn that (ANZ) will be restarting a service between Auckland and Bali this year,” Key said in his blog. “And I’m delighted to hear that (ANZ) is exploring options for collaboration with Garuda Indonesia (GIA) . . . New Zealand can help Indonesia build and run airports, and in general to improve its air connectivity.”
(GIA) has placed a firm order for 11 A330-300s. It is (GIA)’s third A330 order since July 2010, bringing its total on firm order to 21 airplanes.
The order is valued at $2.5 billion and increases (GIA)'s backlog of A330s on order for future delivery to 21. "Deliveries of the 21 airplanes begin at the end of this year; deliveries of the airplanes just ordered will start in 2014," he said. All A330-300s will be powered by Rolls-Royce (RRC) (Trent 700) engines.
(GIA) has chosen the latest extended range 235 tonne maximum take-off weight variant of the A330-300. (GIA) will operate the A330-300s with a premium two-class layout on services from its hubs in Jakarta and Denpasar (Bali) to destinations in Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific.
(GIA) already operates eight A330-200s and six A330-300s.
May 2012: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) has seen a change in its ownership structure this week with CT Corporation controlled by Indonesian businessman, Chairul Tanjung acquiring a 10.3% stake in the national carrier. The Indonesian government still owns approximately 69% in Garuda (GIA).
Garuda Indonesia (GIA) is now expecting to finally receive convert approval to spin off its Citilink (based at Surabaya Juanda airport (SUB)) division into a separate carrier with its own air operating certificate (AOC) next month. Citilink currently operates five 737-300s, a 737-400 and four A320-200s on domestic low-cost services. It plans to launch international services, once it becomes an independent fully owned subsidiary of Garuda (GIA) and is currently in the processing of replacing its remaining 737s with new and leased A320-200s.
Garuda Indonesia (GIA) and Taiwan’s China Airlines (CHI) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to broaden (GIA)’s network and offer customers of both airlines a wider choice of destinations.
“Of course, the agreement will reinforce [the code share] cooperation that already exists between our two companies” GIA President & (CEO), Emirsyah Satar said.
The code share agreement covers the following routes: Taipei (TPE) - Jakarta, (TPE) - Denpasar, (TPE) - Singapore - Surabaya and the return routes. The cooperation will be further developed to include other destinations, such as Dubai, Los Angeles, California and San Francisco, California.
(CHI) President, Huang-Hsiang Sun said he hopes the agreement will enable both airlines to improve their services as well as create opportunities for the companies’ future growth. “Garuda (GIA)’s success in carrying its business transformation truly reflects its readiness to join the SkyTeam (STM) alliance,” he said. (GIA) is expected to become a full member of the (STM) alliance this year.
(GIA) started services from Bali to Tokyo Haneda.
June 2012: Scandinavian lessor Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has signed a firm purchase agreement for 12 Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen airplanes, to be leased to Garuda Indonesia (GIA). According to Bombardier (BMB), the order is valued at approximately $595 million at list prices.
(GIA) is (BMB)’s previously announced launch customer for the CRJ1000 NextGen airplanes in the Asia-Pacific region. (GIA)’s 12 leased CRJ1000s, plus six firm-ordered directly from (BMB) in February, will result in a fleet of 18 of the type. If (GIA) converts the 18 options, its CRJ1000 fleet will increase to 36.
“Although it is a relatively new product, the CRJ1000 NextGen airplane is performing extremely well with its current operators, delivering exceptional reliability and the lowest seat-mile costs in its market segment,” (NAC) Chairman, Martin Moller said.
(GIA) President & (CEO), Emirsyah Satar said the acquisition of these 12 additional airplanes via (NAC) “is integral to our network expansion from five regional hubs.”
July 2012: Boeing (TBC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Indonesian’s Ministry of Transportation to help establish advanced aviation training programs and practices that meet globally recognized standards. These will be used for training the country’s pilots (FC), maintenance technicians (MT), dispatchers and air traffic controllers (ATCO)s.
The (MOU) focuses on the development of an aviation training center and infrastructure, including the establishment of ab initio through to commercial jet pilot training programs in accordance with the (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulations.
It will also help align (ATCO) training programs to standards and equipment deployed throughout Indonesia, and to align airline maintenance training programs with global standards of courseware, curriculum and the education and training of instructors, management and staff.
The Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook projects that Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, will require more than >47,000 new commercial airline pilots (FC) and more than >60,000 new maintenance technicians (MT) over the next 20 years to support economic and air travel growth and new airplane deliveries.
Indonesia is working hard to address a poor track record in commercial aviation safety, and in April this year, the European Commission (EC) said it “recognizes the efforts of [its] safety oversight authorities to reform the civil aviation system and notably to improve safety to guarantee that international safety standards are effectively and consistently applied.”
All Indonesian carriers were added to the European Union (EU)’s blacklist of unsafe airlines in 2007 and most remain on the list. However, national carrier Garuda Airways (GIA) was removed from the list in 2009 and a handful of other airlines (including Airfast Indonesia (PTF), Mandala Airlines (MND), Ekspres Transportasi Antarbenua, Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) and Batavia Air (BTV)) have now been given the all-clear.
Rolls Royce (RRC) booked an order from Garuda Indonesia (GIA) to supply (Trent 700) for 11 A330s in a deal that includes TotalCare support.
(GIA) has taken delivery of its first Boeing 777-300ER. The long-haul, twin-aisle airplane is the first of 10 777-300ERs delivered to the airline and is a key component of (GIA)'s "Quantum Leap 2011 - 2015" strategic plan. The airplane is configured with 8F first-class suites, 38C business-class seats and 268Y seats in economy class. It is also equipped with in-flight Internet connectivity.
August 2012: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) has reported a first-half operating profit of +$10.8 million, reversed from a loss of -$34.8 million in the year-ago period. (GIA) also reported an operating income of +$1.51 billion, up +17.7% from $1.29 billion in the year-ago period. It did not report expenses or other financial data.
(GIA) attributes the turnaround to its Quantum Leap 2011 - 2015 strategic plan, which resulted in a steep rise in passengers carried to 9.6 million, up +22.4% from 7.9 million year-over-year. (ASK)s were 17.78 billion, up +13.9% from 15.6 billion in 2011. Load factor was 74.8% LF, up from 73.5% LF in the year-ago period.
Looking ahead, (GIA) said in the second half it will take delivery of a further 10 airplanes, comprising one A330-200, four A320s and five Bombardier (BMB) CRJ1000 Next Gens, bringing deliveries for the year to 20.
By the end of the year, (GIA) will have 105 airplanes in its fleet, with an average age of 5.8 years.
August 2012: Citilink has moved its flight operations from the air operator certificate (AOC) of parent Garuda Indonesia (GIA) to its own (AOC) on July 30, and is now operating all of its domestic flights in Indonesia under the (IATA) code: QG and (ICAO) code: CTV. The low-cost carrier (LCC) had operated as a strategic business unit of Garuda Indonesia (GIA) so far.
Hak Air (based at Lagos Murtala Muhammad airport (LOS), Nigeria) has taken delivery of a first of four ex-(GIA) 737-4U3s (25718) that it reportedly plans to operate itself. Hak Air originally set-up in 1990 had so far specialized in airplane leasing.
(GIA) has invited bids to finance its next round of acquisitions, including 10 777-300ERs via sale and leaseback, four 737-800s and 10 A320s via operating leases. Finance and operating leases can be mixed. (GIA) said bids should be submitted by 10 am local time September 12; deliveries are scheduled between 2013 and 2016.
September 2012: ACCDT REPORT: Indonesian and Russian authorities said that human error was the main reason for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) crash on May 9. The SSJ-100 airplane crashed in Indonesia during a demonstration flight, killing all 45 people onboard.
Th Russian news agency "RIA Novosti" reported that authorities concluded the SSJ-100 did not have any technical problems. The conclusion was pointed out in protocol signed by Indonesian and Russian authorities. The document fixes the agreed Russian and Indonesian position on the crash investigation. The final conclusion, based on that protocol, will be published at the end of October.
Garuda Indonesia (GIA) is planning to serve Los Angeles International (LAX) as its first USA destination from the year after next if Indonesia is able to be categorized as a Category 1 country by the USA Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) by 2014. Indonesia is currently listed as a Category 2 country, preventing airlines from increasing frequencies or launching new flights to the United States. Given no Indonesian carrier currently serves the USA including Garuda (GIA), this means no new services are allowed. (GIA) also has plans to increase its number of European destinations, where it currently only operates to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) via Dubai International (DXB) with Frankfurt International (FRA), London Gatwick (LGW), Milan Malpensa (MXP), Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Rome Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci International (FCO) currently being considered as potential new destinations from 2014 onwards.
October 2012: Garuda (GIA) Maintenance Facility Aero Asia signed a ConsumableCare agreement with (PDQ) Airspares in support of its A320 line and heavy maintenance programs.
November 2012: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) reported a nine-month net income of +$56.5 million, up +51.9% from +$37.2 million in the year-ago period. It posted consolidated operating revenue of $2.39 billion, up +14.4% from the $2.08 billion year-over-year.
(GIA) said the improvements “are the result of the company’s transformation programs undertaken as part of its Quantum Leap 2011 - 2015 strategy, which “aims to transform (GIA) into a highly competitive airline of the future.”
Income from operations more than doubled at the end of the third quarter, reaching +$92.75 million, compared to +$38.6 million in the same period last year. (GIA) attributes the improvements largely to increased passenger and cargo volumes, and improved load factor and yield.
During the nine-month period, (GIA) carried 15 million passengers, up +20.2% from 12.4 million; it transported 201,070 tons of cargo, up +18.7% year-over-year. Passenger yield was up +0.6% and the load factor was up +0.7 base points to 75.86% LF.
Capacity (ASK)s increased +11.7% from 24.05 billion to 26.87 billion in line with the addition of new airplanes to the fleet. (GIA) has already taken delivery of 12 of 20 new airplanes joining the fleet this year, comprising one A330, four 737-800NGs, six A320s and one Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen.
(GIA) has announced plans to serve Moscow Sheremetyevo International airport (SVO) from 2014 as one of its first 777-300ER destinations. It has ten 777-300ERs on order that will join its fleet from next year and (GIA) considers Russia to be a stronger market at this point then other European destinations, with Frankfurt International (FRA) and London Gatwick (LGW) still being considered.
A second A330, three additional A320s and four more CRJ1000s are scheduled for delivery before year end for Citilink ((IATA) Code: QG), its low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary, bringing (GIA)’s fleet up to 105 airplanes by year end, a +13% capacity increase. (GIA) expects to add a further 34 airplanes to the combined (GIA) and (QG) fleet in 2013.
Iberia (IBE) Maintenance has signed a five-year contract with (GMF) AeroAsia to exclusively service and maintain components for Garuda Indonesia (GIA)’s new fleet of Bombardier CRJ1000 regional jets.
The contract covers inspection, repair, testing and certification of repaired and replaced components, and gives (GIA) access to Iberia (IBE)'s pool of spares. In addition, a Main Base Kit of CRJ1000 components will be positioned at (GMF)’s headquarters at Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta airport. The components include generators, flight recorders, ovens, fuel pumps, temperature and braking sensors, interphone control panels, emergency lights, battery chargers, digital clocks and windscreen wipers.
Maintenance will be carried out at Iberia (IBE) Maintenance’s Madrid-Barajas installation.
(GIA), which is the launch customer for the CRJ1000 in the Asia-Pacific region, took delivery of the first of six airplanes on order on 10 October. (GIA) also plans to operate 12 additional airplanes through a third-party lease agreement, and holds options on a further 18.
(GMF) AeroAsia is a subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia (GIA), and the biggest Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facility in Indonesia. It is also a dominant (MRO) in the region.
(GIA) is evaluating a replacement order for the two 747-400s Garuda uses on routes from between Denpasar Ngurah Rai Bali International (DPS) and Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International (CGK). Both the A380-800 and 747-8 are under evaluation, although (GIA) is also considering not replacing the airplanes given its current issues of not being able to profitably operate the 747-400s, with the exception of the Hajj pilgrimage season each year.
December 2012: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) inaugurated services on the 6,600 km route from Jakarta (CGK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) on 3 December, becoming the second carrier (after Hainan Airlines (HNA)) to choose the Middle Eastern airport over Dubai as an intermediate stop. (GIA) now offers its four-weekly service to Amsterdam via Abu Dhabi using A330-200s. Emirsyah Satar, (GIA)’s (CEO), said: “(GIA)’s stopover in Abu Dhabi is an effort to continually improve its services to customers and is part of its partnership with Etihad Airways (EHD), our code share partner on the route.”
(GIA) connected Balikpapan (BPN) on the eastern coast of East Kalimantan province, and Tarakan (TRK) in northern Borneo, on 12 December. Daily flights are offered in competition with Lion Air (MLI) (56 weekly frequencies), Sriwijaya Air (SJA) (21) and Batavia Air (BTV) (7). Services on the route are provided using CRJ1000 in 96-seat configuration, including 12C business seats.
(GIA) is patiently awaiting its first 777-300ERs due to arrive next year, which will be used on its routes to Moscow and Los Angeles to start in 2014. (GIA) will also re-enter the market to Auckland, New Zealand with A330-300s.
January 2013: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) and (KLM) Royal Dutch Airlines signed a code share agreement for flights between Singapore and Denpasar. The two carriers said they also plan to cooperate in the maintenance of airplane components.
Garuda Indonesia ((IATA) Code: GA, based at Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International (CGK)) is planning to operate its last scheduled flights with its remaining three 737-300s in early February with flight GA227 from Solo City Adi Sumarmo Wiryokusumo (SOC) to Jakarta on February 6 currently expected to be the last scheduled flight. (GIA) for now continues to operate five 737-5U3s alongside its fleet of 55 737-800s and five CRJ-1000s.
(GIA) is planning to initially operate its first of ten 777-300ERs it has on order on the Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International (CGK) - Jeddah King Abdul Aziz (JED) route from July 1 replacing 747-400s on the route served up to two times daily. According to "Airline Route," (GIA) plans to temporarily operate the 777-300ER airplane on routes from Denpasar Ngurah Rai Bali International (DPS) to Tokyo Haneda (HND) and from Jakarta to Denpasar and Tokyo Narita New Tokyo International (NRT) between mid-August and mid-September, while its Jeddah route is temporarily suspended. (GIA) plans to instead use its two 747-400s launch a new daily service from Surabaya Juanda (SUB) via Medan Polonia (MES) to Jeddah from August 1. These will be the first international services offered by (GIA) from both Medan and Surabaya with "Airline Route" also reporting that (GIA) would plan new regional routes from Medan to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International (BKK) and Penang Bayan Lepas International (PEN) with its CRJ-1000s from later this year.
February 2013: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) will operate into London Gatwick Airport (LGW) when (GIA) resumes nonstop flights to the UK this fall. This move will make Gatwick the only UK airport with a direct connection to the largest economy in Southeast Asia.
(GIA) will operate 6x-weekly, Boeing 777-300 service between Jakarta and London from the fourth quarter. The launch date is expected to be in October.
Gatwick (CEO), Stewart Wingate said: “Despite being a crucial high growth business market for the UK, Indonesia has been underserved with no direct routes to the region from the UK—until now. Jakarta is also a major hub airport for Southeast Asia, giving UK passengers even more access and choice to the region.”
In 2007, all Indonesian airlines were placed on the European Union (EU)’s blacklist and banned from operating to Europe on safety grounds. However, in 2009, the ban was lifted for (GIA) and three other Indonesian carriers due to improved safety.
Garuda Indonesia (GIA) President & (CEO), Emirsyah Satar said the new Jakarta - London service would complement the existing Jakarta - Abu Dhabi - Amsterdam route, as part of (GIA)’s Quantum Leap 2011 - 2015 program to develop its international network and become a “global player.”
Satar said: “We chose Gatwick as the UK airport because of its convenience and good network and accessibility options into Europe and beyond.”
Jakarta based Batavia Air (BTV) has gone bankrupt. Home base, Jakarta Airport, was Batavia Air (BTV)'s busiest and (BTV) had a share of roughly 7% in terms of weekly seats and frequency placing as Jakarta's #4. (BTV) offered 25 destinations from the Indonesian capital. Two of those (daily flights each to Kupang (KOE) and Ternate (TTE)) did not face any competition, indicating the harsh reality of operating in the dense Indonesian area. SEE ATTACHED - - "GIA-2013-01 JAKARTA SEAT CAPACITY."
May 2013: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) commenced operations on two domestic routes, as it connected its Jakarta (CGK) base with Bengkulu (BKS) on the west coast of Sumatra, and Tanjung Pinang (TJQ), the second-largest city of the Indonesian Riau Islands located 40 km off the Singaporean shore. Beginning on May 15th, daily flights are offered on both routes and operated using 737-500s. (GIA) competes against Lion Air (MLI)’s 3x-daily and Sriwijaya Air (SJA)’s 2x-daily flights on the first route, while (SJA) also operates in the market from Jakarta to Tanjung Pinang, which it serves with 4x-daily flights.
Competition in the Indonesia - Singapore market will intensify in the 3rd quarter 2013 with Singapore Airlines (SIA) adding capacity while its regional subsidiary, SilkAir (SLK) and low-cost carrier (LCC) affiliate Tiger Airways (TGR) each launch services to two new Indonesian destinations. Garuda Indonesia (GIA), (TGR) affiliate Mandala Airlines (MND) and Jetstar Asia (JSA) are all planning to follow (SIA), SilkAir (SLK) and (TGR) in adding capacity in the dynamic Indonesia - Singapore market.
The surge in capacity is in part made possible by a newly expanded bilateral agreement between the two countries. Slot constraints, however, threaten to impede growth for some carriers operating in the market and make it difficult to use newly awarded traffic rights. For example, Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) has already been set back by slot constraints at Changi Airport in attempts to launch three new routes to Singapore.
June 2013: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) plans to start competing on the "Kangaroo" route in November 2013, when it launches services to London Gatwick. (GIA) is expected to start offering services between Australia and other European destinations in 2014, when it aims to launch new non-stop routes from Jakarta to continental Europe.
(GIA) is expanding in the Australian market ahead of launching services to London, adding capacity to its three existing Australian destinations: – Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth. (GIA) is also launching services to Brisbane in August 2013 and aims to launch services within the next several months to Auckland, which opens up the possibility of connections between New Zealand and Europe.
(GIA) CRJ1000 (PK-GRM) displayed at Paris Air Show - - SEE PHOTO - - "GIA-2013-06 - PARIS AIR SHOW."
737-8U3 (CFM56-7B) (38885, PK-GFV), (GCP) leased, 737-86N (38040, PK-GFU), (GEF) leased, 777-3U3ER (40074, PK-GIA), delivery.
July 2013: Philippine Airlines (PAL) has joined Garuda Indonesia (GIA) in plotting ambitious European expansion despite stiff competition. Philippine Airlines (PAL) is preparing an ambitious expansion to Europe made possible after (PAL) was recently removed from the (EU)’s list of banned airlines. (PAL) plans to launch non-stop services to Europe within the next few months and serve up to five Western European destinations in the near to medium term.
But (PAL) faces huge challenges in trying to carve out a sustainable niche in the Southeast Asia-Europe market. (PAL) and another Southeast Asian flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia (GIA), are both entering the market just as competition intensifies and while the European economy remains relatively weak.
(PAL) and Garuda (GIA) will need to overcome three much larger Southeast Asian flag carriers which are well established in the European market along with two smaller (ASEAN) competitors. European and Gulf carriers also continue to expand in the Europe-Southeast Asia market, making it even tougher for a new entrant.
737-8U3 (39929, PK-GFW), (SMBC) Aviation Capital leased, 777-3U3ER (40075, PK-GIC - - SEE PHOTO - - "GIA-777-300ER - 2013-07"), delivery.
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August 2013: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) has postponed plans to launch services to London, citing issues with the pavement strength of Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta airport. (GIA) was due to launch a five times weekly Jakarta - London Gatwick service in November, but now says that this has been postponed to May 2014.
To operate its 777-300ERs at a full capacity (carrying 314 passengers and 27t of cargo) the airplane would be above the weight limits of Soekarno-Hatta's apron and runway, said (GIA)'s (CEO), Emirsyah Satar.
If (GIA) operated its London services under current conditions, it could only fly at a restricted take-off weight of 329t. This will mean that it will be unable to operate nonstop to London and can only carry 275 passengers without cargo. "Consequently, the implementation of this flight with these conditions in this competitive world of air travel, would have a serious effect on the operational and business requirements of this route," (GIA) adds.
Separately, a source from the airline has said that (GIA) is in discussions with the management of Heathrow airport to move its services there. The source adds that (GIA) is also in talks to secure slots at the airport.
Emirsyah said that (GIA) would benefit from having services to Heathrow as it would allow it to better connect with other carriers in the SkyTeam (STM) alliance, which it will join in March 2014.
(GIA) commenced operations on the 4,500 km route from Denpasar (DPS) to Brisbane (BNE) on August 1st, making it its fourth Australian destination from the Indonesian airport. Daily flights are operated using 737-800s in competition with Virgin Australia (VOZ)’s nine weekly schedule.
September 2013: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) has taken the delivery of the first of its new fleet of 18 A330-300 (Trent 700)s which feature a two-class premium layout, with 36C seats that convert to full flat beds in business class and an extra spacious economy cabin with an average seat pitch of 33 to 34 inches. The A330-300s will join an existing Airbus (EDS) fleet at (GIA) that includes 10 recently acquired A330-200s, used primarily on long-range routes, and six early version A330-300s flying on domestic and shorter regional routes.
Garuda operates 106 airplanes. Under the carrier’s "Quantum Leap 2011 - 2015" strategic plan, it will be operating 194 airplanes by 2015.
(GIA) will operate the A330-300s from its hubs in Jakarta and Denpasar (Bali) to destinations across Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific.
October 2013: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) expanded its domestic operations on October 27th with the launch of services on three new domestic routes, one each from Denpasar (DPS), Jakarta (CGK) and Ujung Pandang (UPG). All three services are operated with daily frequencies and face competition from at least one airline:
Denpasar (DPS) to Semarang (SRG), 7x-weekly using CRJ1000, vs Wings Abadi Airlines, 7x-weekly; Jakarta (CGK) to Palu (PLW), 7x-weekly using 737-800, vs Lion Air (MLI), 14x-weekly; and Ujung Parang (UPG) to Jayapura (DJJ), 7x-weekly, vs Wings Abadi Airlines, 14x-weekly and Sriwijaya Air (SJA), 7x-weekly.
GE) Aviation (GEC) has several new customers for its flight efficiency services business, which supports airlines in fuel management, flight data analytics, navigation and fleet synchronization.
(EVA) Airways and Garuda Indonesia (GIA) will use (GEC)’s fuel-management services. (GEC) is designing custom solutions for (EVA), and (GIA) will use consulting, analytics and business intelligence to improve flight operations.
(GEC) also has a collaborative program, "Green Skies of Brazil," which aims to improve airspace efficiency at 10 Brazil airports. Brazilian low-cost carrier (LCC) (GOL) will be the first airline to launch the program this year, and may save up to 77 gallons of fuel per approach and $24 million over five years.
Regional airplane lessor Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has placed a firm order for 25 ATR 72-600s, plus 10 options, valued at more than >$840 million at current list prices.
November 2013: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) added two routes, one domestic and one international, to its network in the course of last week. On November 6th, (GIA) commenced operations on the 700 km route from Batam (BTH), the free trade zone located south of Singapore, to Bandar Lampung (TKG) in south-eastern Sumatra. Daily flights are offered on the route and operated using CRJ 1000s. In addition, on November 8th, (GIA) resumed operations on the 5,400 km route from Jakarta (CGK) to Osaka Kansai (KIX), which it last operated nearly 15 years ago. 4x-weekly services are offered on the route and operated using A330-200s. Garuda Indonesia (GIA) already serves the Japanese airport with daily services from Denpasar in Bali.
Jet Airways (JPL) has inked a new code share deal with Garuda Indonesia (GIA), which includes full reciprocal frequent flyer programs. The deal brings the two airlines closer together as they each seek to access more of Asia’s biggest and fastest growing markets. (JPL) will put its code on Garuda Indonesia (GIA) flights between Singapore and Jakarta. (GIA) will put its code on (JPL)’s services from Singapore to Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai. Members of both airlines’ frequent flyer programs will also be able to earn and burn miles across the full (GIA) network in Indonesia and (JPL)’s Indian and international routes. (JPL) Senior VP Commercial, Gaurang Shetty said the deal was significant because of the strategic importance of Indonesia. “Indonesia is a popular tourist destination for Indian travellers and a strategic trade and investment partner for India. With the seamless connections offered by this arrangement, we are confident that this code share will see a further increase in demand for business and leisure travel between India and Indonesia,” said Shetty. (GIA) also emphasized the importance of the Indian market. Erik Meijer, Executive VP Marketing & Sales said: "Through this agreement, Garuda Indonesia (GIA) will be able to extend its service to India, which is an important market for Indonesia, both in terms of business as well as leisure travel while Jet Airways (JPL) will provide more convenient connections for their passengers to Indonesia." Currently, there are no carriers flying between India and Indonesia.
December 2013: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) will join the SkyTeam (STM) Alliance as its 20th member on March 5, 2014, the (STM) alliance announced. The national airline of Indonesia, Garuda will become SkyTeam (STM) Alliance’s second member from Southeast Asia.
SkyTeam (STM) Alliance said (GIA)’s membership will facilitate travel to Indonesia for customers around the world. (GIA) operates nonstop flights from Jakarta, the nation’s capital and financial center, to six SkyTeam (STM) Alliance hubs: Seoul, Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, and Amsterdam.
(STM) Alliance Managing Director, Michael Wisbrun said (GIA) is "on target to meet all the membership criteria required by the SkyTeam (STM) Alliance, including implementing a new Information Technology (IT) platform and customer-focused initiatives.”
(GIA) President & (CEO), Emirsyah Satar said, “Joining the SkyTeam (STM) Alliance is a long-term development strategy for Garuda Indonesia (GIA), as planned in the airline’s strategic expansion program ‘Quantum Leap 2011 - 2015,’ and (GIA) has been upgrading its service and actively forging cooperation with (STM) member airlines with this objective in mind.”
(ANA) and Garuda Indonesia (GIA) have agreed on a comprehensive partnership, including an extensive code share agreement. Under the deal, both airlines will code share on flights between Japan and Indonesia and they will operate reciprocal frequent flyer agreements.
(ANA) is due to launch flights between Haneda Airport and Jakarta on March 30. Garuda Indonesia (GIA) also plans to start operating on the route in the first half of 2014. These new flights will increase the number of weekly flights operated by the two carriers between Japan and Indonesia to 53: - comprising 14 (ANA) flights and 39 (GIA) flights.
Plus, the code share agreement will open more options up to passengers. Passengers on (ANA) flights arriving in Jakarta will be able to travel on to maximum of 10 Indonesian routes. This incudes Jogjakarta and Denpasar on code share flights operated by (GIA).
Passengers on (GIA) flights arriving at Haneda Airport, Narita Airport or Kansai International Airport will be able to travel on on a maximum of 11 Japanese routes including Chitose or Nagoya using code share flights operated by (ANA).
(GIA) will introduce a new sub-brand, Explore, using ATR 72-600 airplanes to serve flights to remote areas. (GIA) says the move is part of its efforts to develop and strengthen its flight network, especially in the domestic sector.
The inaugural flight on the 70-seater ATR 72-600 took place on December 3rd and services operated from Denpasar to Labuan Bajo, Ende, and Bima, and from Makassar and Ambon to destinations in those regions.
(GIA) will receive 35 ATR 72-600s under firm orders for 25 airplanes and options for +10 more. The airplanes will be delivered in stages up to 2017.
President & (CEO), Emirsyah Satar, said the ATR 72-600 has the ability to serve flights to new destinations in eastern Indonesia, which has limited runways. "The Explore ATR 72-600 airplanes will support Garuda Indonesia (GIA)'s Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen airplanes operation in accordance to improve the national connectivity program (MP3EI) by developing our flight network to the fast growing economic regions and tourist destinations in the remote areas in Indonesia," Satar said.
Explore is part of (GIA)'s strategy to enhance its service by increasing its number of destinations. It's this in mind, it will also join the SkyTeam (STM) global alliance in March 2014.
February 2014: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) will file for an initial public offering (IPO) in April. (GIA) is hoping to raise 1.6 trillion rupiah/$135 million from a rights issue, according to its stock exchange filing.
(GIA), which has undergone what it calls a Quantum Leap business transformation program over the last three years, will issue 3.2 billion shares through joint underwriters Bahana Securities, Mandiri Sekuritas and Danareksa.
(GIA) said that 80% of the cash raised would be put toward fleet revitalization. The remainder would be kept for ongoing payments and working capital. Despite its new Quantum Leap approach (based on new airplanes, two new sub-brands (Explore and Explore Jet), using ATRs and Bombardier CRJs), extended routes and an improved safety record) the airline made a larger-than-predicted loss last year.
The airline reported a -90% drop in net income to $11 million for the full year ended December 2013. This was down from $110 million in 2012, leading to a net loss of -$48 million for 2013 despite a +27.5% increase in passengers to 2.4 million.
“The growth is there,” Garuda (GIA) (CEO), Emirsyah Satar said in a recent interview. “But the problem is how we manage that growth in terms of both fundraising and the network.”
Factors such as the depreciation of the rupiah, strong regional competition and orders for new airplanes (A320, A320neo and ATRs) are all cited as impinging on company profits.
Nonetheless, (GIA) said it wants to expand further into both domestic and regional routes and may look for funding for this through another (IPO) on its (LCC) offshoot, Citilink, although the time frame on that is not clear.
(GIA)’s other previously mooted cash-raising exercise, via a separate (IPO) on its PT Garuda Maintenance Facility (GMF) AeroAsia Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) arm, has been put on hold for now, Satar noted.
“The (IPO) process for (GMF) is not likely in the near future because its value does not reflect the value that we want,” he added.
Singapore-based developer, Gallant Venture and Indonesian flag-carrier, Garuda Indonesia (GIA) have signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) to turn Bintan Airport, Indonesia, into a major aviation hub.
The (MOU) will see the current airport, with its single 2,250 m runway, developed into a sizeable facility with two 3,600 m runways, an extensive Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) capability, together with support and training facilities.
Situated a few miles from Singapore’s east coast, it is in close proximity to Singapore’s Changi Airport, and also just miles from Lion Air (MLI)’s new hub on Batam Island.
(GIA) (CEO), Emirsyah Satar said the new facility will offer three hangars and more (MRO) capability than (GIA)’s currently overloaded base at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta. “This is a major development for us. It means we will be able to do our (MRO) right here, without sending our airplanes to Europe,” he said, adding he sees a tourism future for Bintan as good as that enjoyed by Bali.
The newly developed airport includes plans for an adjacent 177 hectare Aerospace Industry Park, complete with Engineering facilities, engine manufacturing and assembly, and also an Aviation Academy.
Describing the deal as a “major milestone,” Satar said the (MRO) capability will start ramp up from the second quarter, with projected numbers of around 2,000 maintenance technicians (MT) by the end of 2015. The first scheduled Garuda (GIA) flights from the airport are anticipated in late 2015.
Initial plans to develop an airport near the resorts zone on Bintan were shelved due to an unsuitable position, and lack of expansion capacity.
With an initial investment of $300 million, developer, Gallant Venture said it is already in discussions with other non-Indonesian airlines about using the facility as a major destination. It is also in talks with Changi Airport with a view to cooperating on various initiatives, added Gallant Venture (CEO), Eugene Park.
“The big plus we offer is that we can guarantee Singapore-level quality of infrastructure; we own the land, and can develop it properly,” he said.
2 737-8U3s (38073, PK-GMU; 39936, PK-GNE), deliveries.
March 2014: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) has joined the SkyTeam (STM) Alliance as its 20th member. (GIA) becomes the second airline from Southeast Asia.
The (STM) Alliance said (GIA)’s membership adds Jakarta as an alternative gateway to and from Southeast Asia, as well as 40 new destinations to the (STM) Alliance’s global network served by the alliance.
“Garuda (GIA)’s entry into the (STM) alliance will give its customers access to (STM)’s 1,064 destinations that cover more than >90% of the most relevant traffic flows in the world,” (STM) Managing Director, Michael Wisbrun said. “Garuda (GIA) strengthens our presence throughout the Asia-Pacific region for our 588 million global passengers.”
(GIA) President & (CEO), Emirsyah Satar said, “For the past three years, Garuda Indonesia (GIA) has been actively forging cooperation with the other 19 member airlines with this objective in mind and it has been an incredible journey.” (GIA) connects (STM)’s extensive network to “one of the largest economies in Southeast Asia via its hubs in Jakarta, Denpasar, Makassar, Medan, Surabaya, and Balikpapan,” Satar added.
Garuda Indonesia (GIA) has commenced two new domestic routes with the introduction of flights between Jakarta (CGK) to Jayapura (DJJ) and to Merauke (MKQ). Starting February 25th, flights to the latter operated via the former on a daily basis using (GIA)’s 737-800s. To Jayapura, competition comes in the form of Batik Air (BTK) (daily) and Lion Air (MLI) (daily), with the latter also continuing its services onto Merauke. Merpati Nusantara Airlines (PNM) also flies to Merauke, four times weekly, but via Makassar.
Unable to secure preferred slots at London Gatwick Airport (LGW), Garuda Indonesia (GIA) has postponed the relaunch of services between Jakarta and London until September, and will then operate the London sector as extension to its Amsterdam service. (GIA) had planned to reinstate flights to London last autumn, following a six-year hiatus brought about by the inclusion of all Indonesian airlines on the European Union (EU)’s safety blacklist in 2007. The ban on (GIA) operating to Europe was lifted in 2009 following safety improvements.
However, infrastructure constraints at Jakarta’s congested gateway airport forced (GIA) to delay launching its direct London service until May this year. Announcing the further delay of its London service, (GIA) said it had not been able to secure the slots it needed at Gatwick during the busy summer peak and would therefore inaugurate London in September 2014 as an extension to its new nonstop Jakarta - Amsterdam service.
(GIA) said it was making “a number of changes in its plans” to reflect its accession to the SkyTeam (STM) alliance in March this year, and to optimize its code share agreement with Etihad Airways (EHD). These would include Garuda (GIA)’s withdrawal from Abu Dhabi (currently a stopover on its Amsterdam service) when it launches the nonstop Amsterdam flights to using its new Boeing 777-300ER airplane on May 30th this year. In addition, Garuda (GIA) will make Amsterdam its main European hub.
Garuda Indonesia (GIA) President & (CEO), Emirsyah Satar said: “Following (GIA)'S official joining of the SkyTeam (STM) Alliance, the opportunities presented by the established SkyTeam (STM) Alliance hub at Amsterdam are too significant to pass up, as it will be an alternative gateway for passengers who wish to travel beyond Europe. They will be able to choose from 1,064 destinations in 178 countries served by the SkyTeam (STM) Alliance member airlines.”
From September 8th, Garuda (GIA) will operate five 777 flights a week on the Jakarta – Amsterdam – London route.
April 2014: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) has commenced thrice-weekly scheduled flights from Surabaya (SUB) to Jeddah (JED) on April 13th. The 8,625 km sector will be operated by (GIA)’s 747-400s, and frequency will increase to four weekly flights from May 16th. (GIA) will face no competition on the route. (GIA) already serves Jeddah from Jakarta (12 times weekly) and will launch flights from Medan on May 1st. These new services are aimed at serving Indonesian passengers wishing to undertake the Umrah Pilgrimage who will now no longer have to transit via Jakarta.
ATR72-600 (1140) and Bombardier CRJ1000, Nordic Aviation Capital leased.
May 2014: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) incurred a significantly wider loss in 1st quarter 2014 as its international operation struggled and budget subsidiary, Citilink (CNK) chalked up more losses. (GIA) is at an important juncture as it seeks to raise cash to fund continued rapid expansion through a rights issue at the group level and a stake sale at (CNK).
Generating private equity or financial investor interest has been challenging given the difficult market conditions facing the aviation sector in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. But there is interest from potential strategic investors as other Asian airlines are keen to grow their presence in one of the region’s most dynamic and fastest growing markets.
Of all the options, a potential investment from the Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group is most intriguing. Indonesia is an important market for (SIA) and its low-cost carrier (LCC) affiliate, Tigerair (TGR). The (SIA) and Tigerair (TGR) investment in Indonesian (LCC) Mandala (MND) has backfired, but Citilink (CNK) has the scale and market position to potentially be more successful.
1 737-8U3 (39891, PK-GNG), Aviation Capital Group (GCP) leased, 777-3U3ER (29148, PK-GIF), (ICBC) leased, ATR 72-600 (1149, PK-GAE) & CRJ1000 (19039, PK-GRP), Nordic Aviation leased.
June 2014: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) began 5x-weekly, Jakarta - Amsterdam 777-300ER service.
Garuda Indonesia (GIA) has appointed Christina Vidos as Sales & Marketing Manager, UK & Ireland.
See video "GIA 777-300ER FIRST CLASS SUITE NRT - CGK" - -
July 2014: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) expanded its domestic network with the addition of daily operations from Surabaya (SUB) to Jember (JBB) on July 16th. The 156 km sector will be operated by the SkyTeam (STM) Alliance member’s 70-seat ATR 72s. There is no competition on Garuda’s new airport pair.
(GIA) has selected air transport Information Technology (IT) specialist, (SITA) to fully manage its international network infrastructure, standardize (IT) operations including its domestic (IT) infrastructure, and facilitate quick migration to its new reservation system. The new 5-year agreement will simplify (GIA)’s information technology (IT), while supporting its “Quantum Leap” transformation program as Indonesia prepares to welcome 100 million passengers by 2015.
August 2014: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) begins 5x-weekly, Jakarta - London (LGW) Boeing 777-300ER service on September 8.
(GIA) recently handpicked new Chinese flight attendants (CA) for its crew in Shanghai on August 12. (GIA) started recruiting flight attendants (CA) from China in June this year in a bid to provide more amiable and quality services for Chinese passengers.
To date, the airline has received 800 applications from across China, 200 of which were asked for interviews. From these, 29 were selected to take part in the final recruitment round.
I Wayan Subagia Garuda (GIA)'s VP for China, said the event was part of (GIA)'s efforts to beef up services for Chinese passengers as "China has for years served as Garuda Indonesia (GIA)'s largest market." By the end of 2013, (GIA) said it had transported >200,000 Chinese passengers to travel and do business in Indonesia.
Garuda Indonesia (GIA) was named as the airline with "the world's best cabin staff" by Skytrax London this year. The award was (GIA)'s latest achievement in its continuous service improvement and ongoing business transformation through the Quantum Leap 2011 - 2015 program.
(GIA) introduced the Garuda Indonesia "Experience," which is a service concept based on Indonesia's rich cultural heritage, in 2009. The service blends the country's warm hospitality with (GIA)'s professional service, which prioritizes safety and comfort.
The Indonesian hospitality concept was translated into services that delighted the 5 senses: sight, sound, taste, scent and touch, by reflecting the unique and diverse elements of the archipelago's rich ethnic groups, traditions, culture, art, music, and the inner spiritual beauty of the people.
By offering services based on Indonesian culture and hospitality, local passengers traveling abroad feel at home during their flights, while foreign visitors experience the hospitality and nuances that are unique to Indonesia before they even arrive in the country.
(GIA) has conformed to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit Program (IOSA) since 2008. (GIA) said this reflects its commitment to providing a safe environment for passengers and staff members.
(FL) Technics has signed a 3-year line maintenance agreement with (GIA) to support 777s with daily and transit checks, defect rectification, (AOG) support and other Line Maintenance. The support will be provided 4x-weekly at London Gatwick Airport (LGW).
(GIA) could delay some of the fleet renewal airplanes it has on order, and cut some long-haul routes, following its 1st-half net loss of -$212 million. Operational costs jumped +15%. (GIA) said the results were primarily due to a weaker exchange rate on the rupiah, along with an increase in fuel prices.
(GIA) may also look at axing plans to restart its flagship, Jakarta - Amsterdam Boeing 777-300ER service, slated for launch in September.
As of the beginning of 2014, (GIA) has 27 new airplanes on order from Airbus (EDS) and Boeing (TBC), including A330s, 777-300ERs and 737-800NGs. With a target budget reduction of around -$55 million, it is likely that (GIA) (CEO) Emirsyah Satar will put at least some of these airplanes on hold.
Cost reductions, also mean (GIA) will cut some routes, and curtail several route introductions, originally planned for later this year.
“We plan to close less profitable routes and to [implement] efficiency measures to cope with rising costs, that put pressure on (GIA)’s expansion plans,” (GIA)'s VP Communications said.
(GIA) will abandon plans for at least 2 new routes between its base at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta and Manila, and from Jakarta to Mumbai. Both were slated to start operations later this year.
(GIA) also shut down its Jakarta - Taipei route last week, as part of what it called a “current efficiency campaign.”
(GIA) said that between 30% and 40% of its operational costs go toward fuel, so all ultra-long-haul routes are likely to come under particular scrutiny.
737-8U3 (41798, PK-GNK), AerCap (DEA) leased, A330-343E (1548, PK-GPT), ex-(F-WWCZ) delivery.
September 2014: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) has added 2 new domestic routes from Makassar (UPG). On September 1st, (GIA) introduced daily flights on the 344 km route to Baubau (BUW) and on the 249 km route to Pomala (PUM) serving Kolaka. Both services will be operated daily by (GIA)’s ATR 72-600s and will face direct competition from Wings Abadi Airlines (WON)’s 2x-daily flights.
Garuda Indonesia (GIA) has re-launched services between Jakarta and London Gatwick and is aiming to boost frequencies to daily by next summer.
The new 5x-weekly route, which launched September 8, will operate as an onward service from Amsterdam. It will be served by a Garuda 777-300ER, configured with 314 seats in a 3-class layout. "We hope by next summer we will be able to offer daily, nonstop flights,” Garuda Indonesia UK General Manager Jubi Prasetyo said during an event at London’s Gatwick Airport to mark the route launch. “If we get a good response, we will launch other European destinations.” SEE PHOTO - "GIA-7-JUBI PRASETYO - 2014-09" in the Management section.
London is the second European city on (GIA)’s network, joining its Amsterdam service which started in May. The opening of the London link was delayed because of slot constraint issues at Gatwick, but Prasetyo is confident a daily service will be possible.
Gatwick has a maximum capacity of around 45 million passengers per year and it is expecting to handle 38 million passengers in 2014, up from 36.4 million last year. “We do have capacity left,” London Gatwick (CCO) Guy Stephenson said, although this is primarily at nonpeak times. “The good thing about airlines coming from places like Indonesia is that they can operate outside peak hours. You mentioned the delay in flights because of the shortage of capacity; if it had gone nonstop, the arrival time wouldn’t be that constrained.”
Indonesia is a rapidly emerging country, projected to be the 5th largest economy in the world by 2030. Likewise, air traffic to the country is expected to grow from 105 million in 2010 to >358 million by 2025 (averaging +8.5% annual growth).
“This route will undoubtedly help increase trade through cargo and tourist numbers,” Indonesian Ambassador to the UK, T M Hamzah Thayeb, said at the launch ceremony. In 2012, Indonesia and the UK committed to double trade to £4.4 billion/$7.2 billion by 2015.
The new route forms part of Garuda (GIA)’s "Quantum Leap 2011 - 2015" program, a restructuring plan that paved the way for (GIA)'s SkyTeam (STM) Alliance membership in May. (GIA) serves 60 domestic and international destinations. It currently operates a fleet of 140 airplanes, which it is aiming to grow to 194 by 2015.
October 2014: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) has announced an order for 50 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, valued at $4.9 billion at list prices. (GIA) will purchase 46 737 MAX 8s and convert existing orders for 4 737-800s to 737 MAX 8s, Boeing (TBC) said.
The order was previously listed on Boeing (TBC)'s orders and deliveries website as an unidentified customer.
(GIA), a new SkyTeam (STM) Alliance member, operates 77 737s. The 737 MAX 8s will be powered by (CFM) International (LEAP-1B)s, the sole-source engine.
Boeing (TBC) said the total number of 737 MAX orders to date is 2,295 airplanes from 47 customers worldwide.
November 2014: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) launched a new domestic route on November 14th. The SkyTeam (STM) Alliance carrier began daily flights on the 1,666 km route between Surabaya (SUB) and Manado (MDC) using its 737-800s. The route is already served by Lion Air (MLI) with 2x-daily flights and Citilink (a wholly-owned Garuda Indonesia (GIA) subsidiary) with 5x-weekly flights. (GIA) now operates 12 routes from Surabaya (where it is the 2nd biggest carrier after (MLI) with 15% of seat capacity), and 6 routes from Manado (where it has a 19% share of weekly seat capacity). In total, this December, Garuda Indonesia (GIA) will be operating 81 domestic routes, served by just >450 daily flights.
(GIA) will launch 3 new services from Ambon on December 1st. These are daily Ambon - Langgur, Ambon - Saumlaki and Ambon - Ternate services, using ATR 72-600s. (GIA) will be the only operator on the Ambon - Ternate route. It will also compete with Trigana Air (TGN) on routes from Ambon to Langgur and Saumlaki.
(GIA) is to add 2 flights to its Jakarta - London (LGW) service from 5x-weekly to daily 777-300ER next summer.
December 2014: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) will join the handful of major Southeast Asian airlines that will start 2015 with a new (CEO), as it named the head of its low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary to take over the top job.
Arif Wibowo, a well-known airline executive, who is (CEO) of Citilink, will assume the leadership of Garuda (GIA). He will replace longstanding (GIA) President & (CEO) Emirsyah Satar, who resigned December 8. Satar had previously announced that he would be stepping down.
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) this month named Aer Lingus (ARL) Head, Christoph Mueller as its new (CEO). Philippine Airlines (PAL) recently appointed Jaime Bautista as its President, returning to a job he has held once before.
Like other carriers in the region, (GIA) has been forced to trim its growth plans to match demand conditions. It has also postponed plans to sell a stake in Citilink (CNK).
February 2015: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) has started its 2nd new domestic route from Medan (KNO) in the space of a few days. Recently, it launched flights to Cut Nyak Dien, while later it joins Wings Air (WON) in providing service to Lhok Seumawe (LSW). These are the only 2 services from Lhok Seumawe. The 254 km route will be flown 4x-weekly with (GIA)’s ATR 72s. The inaugural flight was on February 4th.
Garuda (GIA) now serves 10 destinations from the new Kuala Namu airport in Medan, 9 in Indonesia, as well as Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.
May 2015: News Item A-1: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) changes from 4x-weekly to 5x- Jakarta - Amsterdam then to London Gatwick with a Boeing 777-300ER. Between July 23 - end of October, (GIA) will increase this service to 6x-weekly.
News Item A-2: The Indonesian government has committed to upgrade and expand the country’s airport capacity to cope with the latest generation of narrow body jet airplanes and also to extend Air Service Agreements (ASAs) with neighboring countries.
Indonesian Transport Minister, Ignatius Jonan said increasing the runway capacity in provincial and district capitals is “one of the priorities of the Ministry of Transportation.”
The Indonesian government says it will build 15 new airports in the more remote regions of the archipelago. This could include border areas, pioneer resource areas, or areas prone to disasters, Jonan said. “We are therefore delighted when there is enthusiasm of all stakeholders in building airports conducted by the government, state-owned Angkasa Pura, or by Local Government Units,” he said.
Jonan said that of the country’s 237 airports, 157 are managed by the Ministry of Transportation, with the remainder either operated by private operators such as Angkasa Pura (26), and the rest (42) managed by Provincial or District governments.
Jonan said that priority would be given to development and runway expansion at provincial level, to allow flights from Airbus A320 or Boeing 737 operators. “There are increasing numbers of [these airplanes) operated by many airlines in Indonesia today,” he said.
The government also committed to increase capacity at remote-destination sub-district level, Jonan said. “The government will also increase [spending] in order to facilitate runways at airports that can be landed by ATR 72 or C-130 Hercules class airplanes,” he said.
In a concurrent move, Indonesian President, Joko Widodo announced a new route between Jakarta and southern neighbor, Papua New Guinea. The new route will serve Port Moresby, and be operated by flag carriers Garuda Indonesia (GIA) and Air Niugini (NIU).
June 2015: News Item A-1: Indonesian flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia (GIA) may be forced to add a stopover to its recently introduced Jakarta - Amsterdam nonstop service as a result of runway certification problems at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta.
(GIA)’s 5x-weekly Boeing 777-300ER flight schedule was premiered in May last year, as part of (GIA)’s move to make Amsterdam its European hub for connecting services.
But Soekarno-Hatta’s Pavement Classification Number (PCN) runway certification has been amended downward and can no longer consistently take the takeoff load of a fully laden 777. The weight restriction issues with the heavily used runways at Soekarno-Hatta have meant (GIA) has not been able to maximize the take-off weight for the long-haul Amsterdam flights.
“As a consequence, we are not able to sell all of the seats for our Jakarta to Amsterdam direct flight. Business-wise, it is not profitable,” (GIA) Operations Director Novijanto Herupratomo said.
(GIA) is planning instead to take off with a lower fuel load, and to introduce a stopover at Changi Airport, Singapore. This will allow full seating capacity to be utilized on the Amsterdam 777 schedule.
(GIA), which saw its international passenger traffic jump +17% in the 1st quarter, has also seen its profits rise as a result of a new focus on repositioning its network on long-distance flights to Europe China and the Middle East.
Soekarno-Hatta Airport operator, Angkasa Pura said it is “conducting studies into ways to strengthen the airport's runways in the shortest time possible.
News Item A-2: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) has signed an agreement with local cargo carrier, Cardig Air (PTC) to coordinate on cargo shipping throughout the region.
Cardig (PTC) currently operates 3 737-300F cargo airplanes, principally on domestic routes between major hubs in Indonesia, but also to international destinations such as Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, and Malaysia.
“This will expand domestic business for Garuda. It is a strategic move to increase Garuda Indonesia Cargo services,” Garuda (GIA) (CEO) Arif Wibowo said.
(GIA) has already begun to move strongly into cargo with its imminent signing to the SkyTeam (STM) Cargo Alliance, to bring its products in line with international standards.
Wibowo also noted the agreement with (PTC) would open the way for (GIA) to further expand its international cargo operations, although in the short term, it would concentrate on high volume routes such as Surabaya - Bali - Dili (East Timor).
Cardig Air (PTC) will also extend its carrying capacity by tapping into existing cargo and belly space on (GIA)’s 76 domestic and international schedules. “In the future, we will continue to cooperate with (PTC) on developing cargo shipments to other international routes, that are currently not served by Garuda Indonesia Cargo (GIA),” Wibowo said, adding the deal has the capacity to generate up to +$10 million extra income per year through increased efficiencies.
News Item A-3: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) signed letters of intent (LOI) with Boeing for 30 787-9s and up to 30 737 MAX 8s, and with Airbus (EDS) for 30 A350 XWBs on the opening day at the Paris Air Show.
(GIA) president and (CEO) Arif Wibowo said the agreements were part of the Indonesian flag carrier’s revitalization program. “The 787 Dreamliner and 737 MAX are extraordinary airplanes with exceptional economics that will keep us competitive and bring a new level of service excellence for our customers,” he said during a press conference at the Boeing chalet.
Garuda also reconfirmed its intent to purchase 50 737 MAX 8s, originally announced in October 2014. The MAX 8s are powered by (LEAP-1B) engines. (CFM) International valued the order at $2.2 billion at list prices.
(GIA) currently operates >90 Boeing airplanes, including the 737, 777-300ER and 747-400.
July 2015: News Item A-1: "Garuda Indonesia (GIA) Swings to Profit in (1H)" by (ATW) Jeremy Torr, July 30, 2015.
Indonesian flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia (GIA) reported a 1st-half net profit of +$29.3 million, reversed from a -$201.3 million loss in the year-ago period. (GIA) said the improved results were due to an improvement in applied efficiency strategies and better airplane utilization through what it called its "Quick Wins" program.
(GIA) (CFO) Ari Askhara said the better results could be attributed to a range of “operational initiatives, including cost reductions, as well as fuel and currency hedging.”
Operating revenue rose +4.7% to $1.84 billion compared to $1.76 billion in the prior-year period, while expenses dropped by -11.6% from $1.99 billion to $1.76 billion.
Traffic for the entire Garuda group rose by +19.5% to 15,900,960 passengers, with (GIA)’s domestic and international traffic up +15.3%, while subsidiary, Citilink (CNK) registered a significant 4,345,642 passengers, a +32% rise to compared to the year-ago period.
(GIA) saw a +7.2% increase in (ASK)s to 26.08 billion. Load factor also rose +6.8% year-over-year to 75.8% LF.
(GIA) also saw a +7% rise in both domestic and international market share on last year, with domestic up to +44%, and international up to +28%.
By the end of 2015, Garuda Indonesia (GIA) will operate 190 airplanes with an average fleet age of 4.3 years, and is committed to fleet expansion to 250 airplanes by the end of 2025.
News Item A-2: Indonesian flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia (GIA) has committed >$1.85 billion to continued fleet and Engineering expansion as part of a new direction, following the resignation of former (CEO) Emirsyah Satar in December 2014.
News Item A-3 A: "Volcano Eruption Closes Four Indonesian Airports" by (ATW) Jeremy Torr, July 10, 2015.
Four major Indonesian airports have shut down on the island of Java due to the eruption of Mount Ruang, which has spewed large clouds of smoke, ash and volcanic grit >100 miles across the Indonesian archipelago.
Carriers including Jetstar (IMU), Garuda Indonesia (GIA), Korean Air (KAL), China Eastern (CEA), Virgin Australia (PBD), Singapore Airlines (SIA), SilkAir (SLK) and Air New Zealand (ANZ) have all canceled services. AirAsia (ASW) has canceled current affected schedules, but said passengers could apply for rebooking without additional charges.
The 10,800 ft volcano showed signs of instability early last week, resulting in a few local flight cancellations, but July 9 it began to spew large quantities of flames, ash and smoke up to 10,000 ft into the sky. The ash cloud has reached the adjoining island of Bali, caused flight cancellations for thousands of passengers flying into and out of Denpasar’s Ngurah Rai International Airport in the wake of the Australian mid-winter holiday surge. Reports indicate thousands of travelers stranded at the airport.
Strong westerly winds have compounded the problem, prompting Indonesian aviation authorities to close local airports at Banyuwangi, Jember, and Lombok. The ash cloud has spread more than >180 miles from the eruption site in East Java, causing severe disruption to operators.
“We are not satisfied it is safe to operate services in these conditions,” Jetstar (IMU) said. “Unfavorable winds have pushed the volcanic ash cloud close to Denpasar Airport and visibility remains an issue.” (IMU) said it regretted the disruptions caused by the cancellations, “but the safety of our customers and crew is our first priority.”
Virgin Australia (PBD) said affected passengers would be able to change their booking to another flight within 14 days.
There is no current prediction for the length of the eruption, but the Indonesian Volcanology & Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG) has raised Mount Ruang’s alert status to Level 1 after activity increased and it began producing molten lava and volcanic ash earlier in the week.
News Item A-3 B: "Eid Holiday Passengers Stranded As Indonesia Volcanoes Close Airports" by (CNN) News, July 18, 2015.
Thousands of passengers traveling home for the Muslim "Eid" festival have been stranded in Indonesia after 5 airports were closed because of ash spewing from 2 erupting volcanoes.
Fears over airspace safety let to the closure of 4 small airports on Java, Indonesia's most populous island, after fresh eruptions from Mt Raung, on the east of the island.
National airline, Garuda Indonesia (GIA) suspended flights to and from Abdul Rachman Saleh airport in Malang, Blimbingsari airport in Banyuwangi and Noto Hadinegoro airport in Jember.
The same volcano last week temporarily caused the closure of airports, including Bali's Denpasar International.
Meanwhile, volcanic activity on Mt Gamalama, on Indonesia's North Maluku island, shut Sultan Babullah International airport in Ternate.
Indonesia lies on the so-called Pacific "ring of fire" (an arc of tectonic instability that covers both sides of the vast ocean. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are common).
Fine dust clouds produced by volcanoes can cause aircraft engines to malfunction.
The latest incidents come just as many Indonesians will be flying home for the 4-day Eid holiday that marks the end of the Ramadan fasting month.
On the flip side, service at the Juanda International Airport of Surabaya, the 2nd largest city in Indonesia, resumed operations at 12:00 pm local (1:00 am ET) on July 17, after being shut down for almost a day.
Flights to the capital Jakarta from Surabaya resumed at the same time, according to a notice to airman (NOTAM) sent out by the Indonesian Air Transport Authorities.
News Item A-4: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) has signed an agreement with local cargo carrier Cardig Air (PTC) to coordinate on cargo shipping throughout the region. (PTC) currently operates 3 737-300F airplanes, principally on domestic routes between major hubs in Indonesia, but also to international destinations such as Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, and Malaysia.
News Item A-5: "Garuda Indonesia (GIA) to Buy 24 Aircraft in 2 Years" by "The Jakarta Post" July 14, 2015.
National flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia (GIA) plans to buy at least 24 aircraft from different airplane producers over the next 2 years as part of (GIA)'s long-term program to further boost both domestic and international flight services.
(GIA)'s President Director Alif Wibowo said that the purchases of the 24 aircraft, which are estimated to cost the airline up to US$1.85 billion, would be carried out from June of this year through to December 2017.
(GIA) intends to expand flight services in response to State-owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno's recent call to increase its fleet to 450 aircraft, from the current number of 168 within the next 5 years, he said.
Approximately 80% of the purchases will be carried out under operating leases, while the other 20% will be under financial leases, (GIA)'s Finance Director I Gusti Ngurah Askhara Danadiputra, said. He added that the proportion might change depending on (GIA)'s financial condition 3 years ahead.
The 24 aircraft consist of 11 units of Airbus A-330, 9 units of ATR types, 3 units of 777-300, and 1 unit of 737-MAX, I Gusti explained.
Arif said that the purchase was in line with the company's 10-year business roadmap. The roadmap stipulates that (GIA) should possess a total of 53 units of wide body type aircraft by 2025.
"Until 2025, we still need to count how many of our aircraft fit our business strategy," Arif told reporters during a breaking of the fast growing gathering in Central Jakarta. He added that (GIA) currently had 22 units of wide body aircraft with +9 more units to come by next year.
Last month, (GIA) signed an agreement at the Paris Air Show to order 60 new planes from Boeing (TBC) and 30 wide body planes from Airbus (EDS).
The US$20 billion transaction consisted of US$10.9 billion for 30 Boeing 787-9 and 30 737 MAX 8 airplanes, while the other US$9.1 billion went for 30 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft, according to the "Bloomberg" report.
The signing was part of (GIA)'s revitalization and fleet development program to support its planned route changes, which will include more medium and long-range flights. The signing was also part of (GIA)'s plan to expand its international routes from its present number of 66.
I Gede said recently that (GIA) planned to open new routes to Germany and France this year, in addition to targeting other markets in China and the Middle East. The planned French and German routes will run 4x-weekly.
(GIA) reversed last year's massive losses to make a profit in the 1st quarter of this year, thanks to rising revenues and a drop in fuel expenses. (GIA) booked +US$11.4 million in net profit in the January - March period this year, a stark contrast from a -US$168.04 million net loss in the same period of last year, according to its unaudited financial report filed with the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX).
(GIA)'s increase in international passenger traffic contradicted the overall weakness in international travel by Indonesians as the number of passengers traveling to international destinations dropped -3.54% to 3.2 million in the 1st quarter of this year from the same period of last year.
See video: "Garuda vs Batik Air"
October 2015: News Item A-1: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) reported a net profit of +$51.4 million for the 1st 9 months of 2015, reversed from a -$220.1 million net loss in the year-ago quarter.
News Item A-2: "Indonesia Carriers Cancel Thousands of Flights due to Fires" by (ATW) Jeremy Torr, October 27, 2015.
Indonesia’s regional carrier Kalstar Aviation (KLS) has canceled >1,000 flights in the last 2 months due to poor visibility resulting from uncontrolled rain forest and peat land fires.
(KLS), based in 1 of the worst-hit burning areas in Kalimantan, said the flight cancellations has impacted the travel plans of some 120,000 passengers to date this year and cost (KLS) billions of rupiah in lost revenue.
The fires are set every year to burn off land in preparation for palm oil and timber plantations, but this year has seen worse than usual fires, due to a dry El Nino-influenced spell.
Kalstar (KLS), which became the 1st Indonesian Embraer E195 operator in January 2015, was targeting passenger growth to around 1.5 million passengers this year, but now has been forced to downgrade expectations significantly, (KLS) spokesperson, Mochamad Zainuddin said. “We are unlikely to reach our passenger target this year,” he said, adding that, “Maybe the most we can reach will be 1.2 million or 1.3 million passengers.”
Other regional carriers have also seen extensive cancellations due to poor visibility caused by the smoke at airports across the region.
In the Philippines, both Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific (CEB) have canceled regional schedules, and in Malaysia, both Firefly (FFM) and AirAsia (ASW) have suspended dozens of Penang flights to Langkawi, Medan, and Subang.
In southern Indonesia, flag carrier Garuda Indonesia (GIA) said it had also canceled at least 500 flights in recent weeks. “The effect of the haze on our businesses is very significant,” (GIA) spokesperson Benny Butarbutar said, adding the conditions had also affected the schedules of low-cost subsidiary Citilink (CNK).
Despite specialist crews from Indonesia, Singapore, China, Australia, Russia and Malaysia battling the fires, the situation was described by Singapore Defense Minister, Ng Eng Hen as “an industrial scale disaster” with millions of hectares still burning across both Kalimantan and nearby Sumatra. “This is the worst haze to affect this region in a decade,” he said.
News Item A-3: One of the biggest airport operators in Indonesia, Angkasa Pura II (APII), has committed to invest IDR2 trillion/$150 million for the construction of a new 3rd runway at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.
The airport operator has filed a land acquisition citation into the state budget and says it plans to start the construction process later this year.
The new runway will be 11,800 ft long and will be able to cater for a wide range of wide body airplanes. It will also expand the chronically congested airport’s airplane movements from the current 72 per hour to some 100 movements per hour.
Originally designed to handle 22 million passengers per year, Soekarno-Hatta currently handles >60 million passengers. Nearby Halim Perdanakusuma Airport has been re-opened to take up some of the overflow from carriers including Garuda Indonesia (GIA) low-cost subsidiary Citilink (CNK).
(APII) (CEO) Budi Karya Sumadi said it will acquire land in the Tangerang area, allowing the new 3rd runway to be completed by the end 2017.
This is expected to expand the airport’s capacity to 430,000 aircraft movements per year by 2018, and will also expedite the ongoing construction of a fourth runway planned for opening in 2024.
Separately, Indonesian aviation authorities are also looking to extend the runway at oil-and-gas hub, Trunojoyo Airport at Sumenep, Madura Island.
Indonesian Transport Minister, Ignatius Jonan has indicated that the Trunojoyo runway should be upgraded and extended to 5,300 ft to cater for scheduled turboprop aircraft, such as ATR 72s, flying from Surabaya.
“If the land [can be acquired] the [Indonesian] Ministry of Transportation will prepare the budget for its development,” he said.
November 2015: News Item A-1: Indonesian flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia (GIA) is aiming to expand its market offerings and restructure costs in the face of declining yields, according to (GIA) Director Commercial, Puji Nur Handayani.
News Item A-2: "Garuda is to Offer Convenience Store Ticketing Option" by (ATW) Jeremy Tor, November 11, 2015.
Indonesian flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia (GIA) will introduce a direct ticketing system through some 11,000 franchised retail outlets across the country's 18,000-plus islands.
(GIA) has signed a deal with the Alfamart convenience store group, which operates in 2nd-tier towns and less-developed locations across Indonesia (mainly using cash payments). "With this partnership, we will make it easier for Garuda Indonesia (GIA) to service users [who can] make payments through a network of >11,000 Alfamart, Alfamidi, and AND+AND outlets throughout Indonesia," (GIA) spokesperson Handayani said.
Indonesia has a population of almost 250 million, and the country's mobile phone penetration rate of some 40% nationwide has meant internet access and potential booking has boomed. However, its credit card penetration of only around 10 to 15% has seen ticket payment pose a problem for potential travelers outside major urban areas.
The convenience store payment method has proven popular in other largely cash-driven Asian economies, with Vietjet Air (VJE) in Vietnam offering tickets through hundreds of local bank agencies, and Lion Air (MLI) and Air Asia (ASW) also offering payment options through convenience stores.
Garuda (GIA) said it was also looking at extending the localized convenience store payment system to other countries, and was exploring cooperative ventures with Japanese chain, Lawson.
News Item A-3: Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport will cut aircraft throughput from a current peak of 72 movements per hour to around 60 per hour because of a shortage of air traffic control (ATC) staff.
Indonesia Transportation Ministry Director Aircraft Operations, Muzaffar Ismail said that “a high frequency of flights [brings] a greater risk of collisions and accidents” at the capital’s main airport.
Soekarno-Hatta was rated the world’s 8th busiest in 2014, with a passenger count of 62.1 million for the year. The airport’s chronically congested 2-runway infrastructure was originally designed to handle 22 million passengers per year.
National airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II has plans to expand the airport with new and revamped terminal capacity, as well as build another runway.
The airport is also scheduled to open Terminal 3 Ultimate in 2016, which will add capacity for another 25 million passengers per year.
To cope with the newly proposed reduction in movements/hour, the airport will extend its operating hours to maintain overall passenger numbers.
Carriers such as Garuda Indonesia (GIA) have mooted a possible switch to wide body aircraft for domestic flights to keep passenger throughput numbers up. “There is a possibility we could operate wide body aircraft on domestic flight routes such as from Jakarta to Surabaya, Medan, Denpasar, Balikpapan, and Makassar,” Garuda Indonesia (GIA) (CEO) Arif Wibowo said. He added (GIA) would assess each route on its merits, and “synchronize (GIA)’s capabilities with the available capacity.”
Earlier this year, the (FAA) reported that a proposed promotion of Indonesia from Category 2 to Category 1, originally scheduled for mid-2015, would likely be delayed. “The Indonesian government is on the right track,” (FAA)’s Southeast Asian spokesperson, Donald Ward, said earlier this year. “But in our view, the [original] target time is too short because of the work involved,” he added.
News Item A-4: Indonesia’s Minister of Transportation, Ignasius Jonan has committed to adding +15 new airports to the country’s capacity by 2018.
Addressing regional airline (CEO)s at the recent Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA), conference, Jonan said that as part of a $1 billion dollar allocation on safety and infrastructure, the Indonesian government would also upgrade facilities at existing airports across issues such as runway capability, resurfacing, new facilities and air traffic management (ATM).
“We have 237 airports in operation in Indonesia at the moment,” Jonan said. “The government plans to add +15 new airports up to 2018.”
He said the government would be looking at a variety of upgrades to existing airports’ quality, runway length and terminals, as well as offering safety boosts.
Jonan said the other key push for his ministry is to upgrade airport navigation systems to cope with what he said is a “tremendous growth and challenge” in passenger numbers, driven by a move from many smaller carriers to upgrade from turboprops to single-aisle jets.
“Out of 237 [airports], at least 100 should be able to serve Boeing 737, Airbus A320 or Sukhoi aircraft by 2018,” he said.
Jonan said the Transport Ministry is already working with UK (ATM) operator (NATS) to help modernize Indonesia’s air navigation systems, with the aim of offering instrument landing system (ILS) at 100 Indonesian airports by 2018.
CRJ1000 (19043, PK-GRS), (NAC) leased.
December 2015: News Item A-1: The Indonesia Ministry of Transportation has begun inspecting Indonesian-registered Airbus A320 aircraft for potential issues with Rudder Travel Limiter Units (RTLU)s, following the findings on the fatal crash of Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) flight QZ8501 in December 2014.
The A320-200 crashed December 28, 2014 with 162 people on board, while flying through rough weather from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore.
Crash investigators attributed a causal factor to a faulty connection in the A320’s (RTLU).
“We will check the technical documents, the operation documents and the aircraft itself,” Ministry spokesperson, Muhamad Alwi said.
The Ministry has allocated 18 inspectors for the audit, which will cover at least 75 aircraft registered to local carriers, including AirAsia (ASW), Lion Air (MLI), Garuda (GIA), Citilink (CNK) and Batik Air (BTK).
The Ministry said it aims to complete all inspections by June 2016, but will allow aircraft operators to continue normal operations until then.
However, if any aircraft Maintenance Repair & Overall (MRO) logs indicate “repetitive trouble,” such as the warning error messages experienced by QZ8501 prior to the accident, the aircraft will be grounded, according to the Ministry.
Transport Minister, Ignatius Jonan recently described Indonesia’s aviation industry and its official oversight as having “failed to meet the standards of transport safety. A number of aviation accidents occurred in Indonesia during 2015; not a few of those accidents were fatal,” Jonan said at the opening meeting of the Ministry of Communications in Jakarta.
News Item A-2: Indonesia’s airline association, the Indonesia National Air Carrier Association (INACA), is looking to a slowdown in air travel numbers in 2016.
“Next year [passenger growth] will [be] in the single digits, about 8 to 9%," (INACA) Chairman, Arif Wibowo said at the association’s 2015 performance evaluation event in Jakarta on December 16.
Recent figures out of the Indonesian Central Statistics Agency have indicated some months of 2015 showed year on year growth of >10% from 2014; in October 2015, >67 million domestic and international passengers were carried, up +13% on October 2014.
However Wibowo, who is (CEO) at national carrier, Garuda Indonesia (GIA), noted that the aggregated yearly numbers for 2015 would likely be hit by regional environmental issues such as recent rainforest burning haze and volcanic ash from eruptions resulting in the closure of many Indonesian airports.
(INACA) estimates that this fall-off in overall numbers for the year 2015 could cut overall yearly growth to +6% (a significant drop from the initial target of +8% set at the start of the year).
In addition, said Wibowo, the slowing Indonesian economy means that “airlines have to be more careful in taking care of their bottom line." Overall economic growth in Indonesia is currently a sluggish +4.8%, but is projected to rise to just over >+5% next year.
As a result, Wibowo said, the Garuda Indonesia (GIA) is concentrating on routes to “markets with big resources,” such as China, and the Middle East, for religious pilgrimages. It is planning new routes for 2016 connecting Bali tourist destination Denpasari with Guangzhou, Beijing, and Shanghai.
CRJ1000 (19044, PK-GRT), (NAC) leased.
February 2016: News Item A-1: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) is planning to begin scheduled commercial operations out of Jakarta Pondok Cabe as early as next month.
The announcement follows the signing of a partnership agreement with Pelita Air ((IATA) Code: 6D, based at Jakarta Halim) last year wherein (GIA) agreed to operate a number of short-haul flights from Pondok Cabe to destinations such as Lubuklinggau, Palembang, Bandar Lampung, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Pangkalanbun, and Ketapang. Cilacap and Cepu are also on the cards.
Operations are on-board an ATR 72-600 turboprop.
Pondok Cabe Airport is currently a joint civilian and military airport. On the civilian side, state oil firm Pertamina uses it as the base for its commercial charter airline, Pelita Air Service.
News Item A-2: Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (SHIA) is aiming to become a major transit hub for international transits, state-owned Airport Services, Angkasa Pura II (AP II) said.
(AP II) said the opening of the airport's new 42 hectare IDR10 trillion/$700 million Ultimate Terminal 3 in May 2016 will immediately give the airport an extra +15 million passenger per annum capacity, reaching 25 million, once fully operational in 2017.
(AP II) (CEO) Budi Karya Sumadi said management is committed to making (SHIA) a viable competitor for existing regional hubs like Singapore’s Changi Airport and Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). “We want to make [SHIA] a transit airport, not for the cities in Indonesia, but for cities of the world,” he said.
Budi said Jakarta handled 12 million transit passengers a year compared to (KLIA)’s nearly 20-plus million transit passengers.
The airport has an existing design capacity of 22 million passengers a year, yet is seeing traffic levels of more than >60 million a year—resulting in chronic overcrowding.
However, with a continuations of the region’s passenger growth of around +5% annually, “and with tolerance for overall capacity around 20% to 30%, we should be able to accommodate 80 million passengers a year by around 2017,” he added.
Airlines that have already signed up for the new facility include Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia (GIA), and several SkyTeam (STM) Alliance partners.
(AP II) is also pushing to increase non-aviation facilities at the airport, including a hotel and commercial areas, as well as a new rail line to serve the airport.
News Item A-2: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) would consider launching flights to the USA (cities on the West Coast in particular) in the event Indonesia is able to recover Category 1 status with the USA Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), (GIA) (CEO), Arif Wibowo has said.
Speaking to "Bloomberg" at the ongoing Singapore Airshow, Wibowo said Garuda (GIA) would use either the A350 or the 787 (which it is currently studying and for which a firm order is expected in due course) to operate the flights non-stop.
Indonesia, which was downgraded to Category 2 in 2007 after the (FAA) expressed "serious concerns about the Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation's (DGCA) safety oversight and operational control systems", is to undergo renewed assessment later this year. As such, Wibowo has expressed hope that in the event all aspects of the (DGCA)'s oversight are found acceptable, Indonesia may be elevated back to Category 1 status by the end of the year.
News Item A-3: Indonesian flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia (GIA) is set to take delivery of 4 new Airbus A330-300 aircraft in 2016, all fitted with an enhanced business class. See photo - "GIA-2016-02 - Enhanced Business Class C.jpg."
(GIA)'s ’s new "Super Diamond" business class (C) seats will introduce an “all-aisle” layout with a 1-2-1 seat configuration, along with a Panasonic (EX3) in-flight entertainment system driving 16-inch touch-screen (LCD) screens.
“Garuda (GIA) is the 1st airline to implement the [EX3] service on its A330-300 aircraft,” (GIA) (CEO) Arif Wibowo said.
The aircraft will offer a 287-seat cabin with 24 Super Diamond business (C) seats and 263 economy (Y) class seats. The new seats will also convert to a fully flat-bed configuration with a 24-inch width and 82-inch extended length.
The new seat layout will also offer touchscreen handset/remotes, double (USB) plugs, and a new mini bar display to the seats.
In the economy (Y) cabin, the new A330s will see an upgraded economy (Y) seat layout, with a 4-inch recline and an 11-inch (LCD) touchscreen, extra handset/remote, (USB) plug and power outlet across all seats.
As part of its “Quick Wins” ongoing fleet upgrade and expansion program, (GIA) is scheduled to take delivery of 13 other new and upgraded aircraft in 2016, including one 777-300ER, 4 ATR 72-600s, and 8 A320s to be operated by Garuda (GIA)'s regional subsidiary, Citilink.
News Item A-4: Heavy flooding leading to runway degradation has disrupted operations at Surabaya Juanda International Airport (SJIA), Indonesia on February 9.
The 3rd-busiest airport in Indonesia was closed for >1 hour while emergency repairs were carried out to the runway, primarily caused by excess water runoff from heavy rains eroding the foundations. Disrupted schedules were diverted to Denpasar, Semarang, Yogyakarta and Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta airports during the closure.
Several airports worldwide have seen recent problems with runway surface degradation due to extreme weather. (SJIA) saw previous similar incidents in previous years, and was scheduled for a significant repair project following a similar incident in January 2015 that delayed more than >50 flights. At the time, the airport was closed for 4 hours due significant potholes in the runway tarmac.
The airport repaired and restored the degraded area (>1,300 ft by 60 ft) to operational standard by March 2015.
However, the latest incident saw maintenance workers repeating previous asphalting and chipping operations to restore the runway to serviceable condition.
March 2016: News Item A-1: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) in late-January 2016 has introduced 360-seater all-Economy (Y) Class A330-300 service on selected routes to China, mainly Denpasar – Beijing and Denpasar – Shanghai Pu Dong route. In the summer 2016 season, (GIA) will resume Business (C) Class service on a limited-time basis, which sees 251-seater A330-300s operating.
News Item A-2: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) has appointed Juliandra Nurtjahjo as new President Director of its Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) arm, Garuda Maintenance Facility AeroAsia (GMF), succeeding Richard Budihadianto. Nurtjahjo was formerly Director Line Operations.
The move comes following a pledge by Garuda (GIA) (CEO) Arif Wibowo to “carry out strategic restructuring measures” of airline operations, including optimizing cost efficiency of its operations and subsidiaries.
Budihadianto oversaw the recent ambitious expansion of (GMF)’s operational facilities at the Indonesian flag carrier’s home base in Jakarta, most recently by the addition of the $27 million Hangar IV, a 16-aircraft (MRO) capability at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. He was promoted to (CEO) in 2007, after serving as Executive VP Engineering & Maintenance at (GMF) since 1998.
Nurtjahjo said he would help push (GMF)’s vision to be a global player in the maintenance industry, and would be aiming for top-10 global (MRO) status by 2020.
“(GMF) is conducting the acceleration of company’s long-term strategy in 2016 - 2020, and is committed to achieve a $1 billion target by 2018, two years earlier than [our] initial plan,” he said. He added that the new (GMF) roadmap would see projected revenues hit $1.6 billion by 2020, an increase of +335% from current levels.
The company said it would also commit to a new training facility. “The availability of competent and reliable engineers and technicians is an absolute requirement to support inorganic growth,” added Juliandra.
(GMF) said it will strengthen its business portfolio in components and engines, as well as maintaining existing airframe business, and will also use mergers and acquisitions to expand its portfolio both regionally and globally. “In the future, (GMF) will serve aircraft maintenance facilities in Eastern Indonesia, supporting [operations] in Europe, East Asia and the Middle East,” Juliandra said.
April 2016: News Item A-1: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) has launched its 1st scheduled flights from Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta Airport to London Heathrow (LHR) from March 31.
The 5x-weekly service will use a 314-seat Boeing 777-300ER airplane in a 3-class layout.
“(LHR) is the busiest airport in the world. [This move will help] Garuda Indonesia (GIA) to expand the connectivity of passengers in the European market, in particular the UK,” (GIA) (CEO) Arif Wibowo said.
Because of runway weight restrictions at Soekarno-Hatta Airport, the Jakarta - London Heathrow service will see a transit stop at Singapore’s Changi Airport. The (LHR) - Jakarta leg will be flown nonstop.
(GIA) had previously flown all its London schedules into Gatwick Airport, and also used Amsterdam as a key stop on the UK - Indonesia route, but both will be dropped in favor of the new routing.
Wibowo said the new routing through Changi Airport, reflects the importance of (GIA)’s links to Singapore and is a “symbol of the progress of the relationship between two countries in the future.” He emphasized this is becoming increasingly important, especially in light of increased aviation liberalization through the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) "Open Skies" initiative.
Garuda Indonesia (GIA) began 5x-weekly, London (LHR) - Jakarta Boeing 777-300ER service. (GIA) has moved to its new Terminal 3 home at (LHR) as a SkyTeam (STM) Alliance member.
News Item A-2: The Garuda Group plans to add 17 new aircraft to its fleet in 2016, including 1 777-300ER, 4 A330-300s, 8 A320s and 4 ATR 72-600s.
This will bring (GIA)’s total group fleet to 188 aircraft.
Garuda Indonesia (GIA) has confirmed an order with Airbus for 14 A330-900neos, which will be delivered from 2019.
(GIA) plans to use the A330neo to develop its medium- and long-haul network. The order replaces and extends an existing order for 7 A330-300 aircraft.
(GIA) (CEO) Arif Wibowo said the A330neo “represents a more-efficient future for Garuda Indonesia (GIA). This order will strengthen the sustained positive growth and business expansion of the company. Furthermore, we are confident that this latest technology aircraft will support us to compete better in the industry.”
Airbus (EDS) (COO) Tom Williams said the aircraft “will have Airbus’ all-new Airspace cabin, which will ensure the A330 continues to be a benchmark for passengers and airlines alike.”
News Item A-3: (GIA) has confirmed an order with Airbus (EDS) for 14 A330-900neos, which will be delivered from 2019.
June 2016: News Item A-1: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) is slowing its domestic expansion at its main full service brand, while accelerating domestic expansion at its low cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary – Citilink (CNK). (GIA) is considering the transfer of secondary leisure-focused domestic routes to (CNK) and for the 1st time, may start code sharing with its sister airline, which until now has focused on operating alongside (GIA) on trunk routes.
The Garuda group has tweaked its domestic strategy in response to both intensifying competition from the Lion (MLI) Group subsidiary, Batik Air (BTK), and an overall slowdown in domestic growth. (BTK) is a full service airline but has impacted Citilink (CNK) as its fares are generally priced only slightly above (CNK)'s fares, and significantly below those of Garuda (GIA). (CNK) slipped back into the red in 1Q 2016 after 6 consecutive profitable quarters.
Citilink (CNK) is essentially now sandwiched between Lion (MLI), which generally has the lowest fares in Indonesia, and Batik (BTK). (GIA) believes that it needs to respond by expanding Citilink (CNK) rapidly, resulting in market share gains and lower unit costs, as it starts to achieve better economies of scale.
News Item A-2: "Garuda Indonesia: USA Expansion, Starting with Los Angeles, will be Challenging and Risky," by (CAPA), June 19, 2016.
Garuda Indonesia (GIA) is preparing to launch flights to Los Angeles in 2017, contingent on Indonesian authorities securing an expected upgrade from the USA (FAA) to a Category 1 safety rating. USA flights represent the biggest (and riskiest) step in an overall strategic initiative by (GIA) to boost its international presence.
Garuda (GIA)'s brand is not well known in the USA market, which it has not served for 2 decades, and it will have to overcome intense competition. (GIA) will be only the 3rd Southeast Asian airline in the USA market, following the suspension of Los Angeles by Thai Airways (TII) and Malaysia Airlines (MAS). However, Los Angeles is very well served by North Asian airlines (most of which offer connections in the Indonesia - USA market) and the withdrawal of Thai Airways (TII) and Malaysia Airlines (MAS) speaks to the challenges that Garuda (GIA) will confront.
(GIA) was initially hoping to serve Jakarta - Los Angeles nonstop, which would enable it to differentiate its product. However, (GIA) now realizes that it will at least initially have to settle on a 1-stop product via Tokyo. Garuda (GIA) will benefit from the ability to carry local passengers between the Japan and the USA, but Tokyo - Los Angeles is an extremely competitive route.
News Item A-3: (MTU) Maintenance has been selected by Garuda Indonesia (GIA) to repair its (CF34-8C5) engines, in an exclusive five-year agreement.
November 2016: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) is aiming for cautious growth on its recently launched Jakarta - London Heathrow (LHR) service.
(GIA) began services into (LHR) in April 2106, having previously operated into London Gatwick. The UK capital’s 2nd airport served (GIA), the Indonesian flag carrier well, but it came under pressure to move to (LHR). “When we operated into Gatwick we didn’t have any problem at all,” (GIA) General Manager UK & Ireland Jubi Prasetyo said. “However, passengers, through their travel agents, were asking us to operate into (LHR).”
Prasetyo admitted to being pleasantly surprised that (GIA) was able to obtain an evening slot at the slot-constrained west London hub without having to buy it from another airline. Slots at (LHR) have changed hands for as much as $80 million in recent times. Having to purchase a slot could have been a problem, given the fact that (GIA)'s investors closely monitor the airline’s performance on a quarterly basis: “We have to be very prudent,” Prasetyo said.
Speaking in London, he added the Jakarta - London service would go down to 3x-weekly over the winter season, but would return to 5x-weekly next summer. Ultimately, (GIA)’s target is to have a daily service.
Garuda uses a Boeing 777-300ER on the route, but the outbound service from Jakarta has to stop at Singapore, as the runways at the Indonesian capital’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport are not strong enough to take a fully loaded and fueled 777-300. Inbound services from London are nonstop.
The intention in the near future is to continue to focus on London and Amsterdam Schiphol as (GIA)’s 2 European destinations. However, (GIA) is also looking eastward with plans for a route next year to Los Angeles, via Tokyo. It has not yet been decided whether the stopover at the Japanese capital will use the city’s Haneda or Narita airports, he said.
India’s commercial center, Mumbai, is also on the list of new destinations, with a service scheduled to start in December 2016 or January 2017.
February 2017: Irish lessor Avolon (AZV) delivered 1 Airbus A320neo to Garuda Indonesia (GIA). This is the 8th Avolon (AZV) aircraft on lease to (GIA).
March 2017: News Item A-1: Garuda Indonesia (GIA)’s full-year 2016 net profit dropped -88% to $9.4 million, compared to $78 million in 2015. Operating revenue for the year was up +1.3%, although the capacity gain of +13.3% outstripped the traffic increase of +8.3%. Load factor fell -3.4 points to 73.8% LF. Passenger yield dropped -7.1% in 2016. Unit costs fell -7%, and were down -1.5% excluding fuel. Average fuel price declined -17.3%. Garuda (GIA) increased its cargo volume by >18% in 2016, with revenue up +16.7%.
News Item A-2: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) is establishing new-generation narrow body airplane fleets this year, as the group receives its 1st Boeing 737 MAX, and also adds Airbus A320neos. The parent carrier expects to take delivery of its 1st 737 MAX in November or December, (GIA) said. Garuda (GIA) has 50 of the airplanes on firm order and, at least initially, they will be used for fleet growth rather than replacement.
Garuda subsidiary Citilink has already received its 1st 2 A320neos this year.
September 2017: Garuda Indonesia (GIA)’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) subsidiary is launching an initial public offering (IPO), which will mainly raise funds for the unit’s ambitious expansion plans. (GIA) announced more details of the (IPO) plan on September 11. The subsidiary, (GMF) AeroAsia, intends to sell a stake of 20% to 30% and raise up to $300 million, the company said. The share sale and listing process is expected to extend through early October.
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GIA-737 MAX 8 ORDER - 2014-10
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GIA-777-300ER - 2013-07
GIA-A330-243 JMA G-OJMB
GIA-A330-300 - 2013-09
GIA-A330-300 GUE OY-VKI
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GIA-ATR72-600 - 2013-10
GIA-CRJ1000 - 2012-02
GIA-F 28 2004-11
0 737-3L9 (CFM56-3B2) (1775-24569, /89 PK-GCA "ENJOY SIMPLICITY"), (GCP) LSD 2005-12. CITILINK (CNK) OPS. RTND. 148Y.
1 737-3L9 (CFM56-3B2) (2234-26440, /92 PK-GHX), AERCO GRP LSD 2008-04. 16C, 94Y.
1 737-3M8 (CFM56-3B2) (2007-25039, /91 PK-GHW), EX-(N303FL), 2008-07. 16C, 94Y.
0 737-3Q8 (CFM56-3) (1706-24403, /89 PK-GWA), EX-(ILF) 1997-08, 1 W/O 2002-01 ACCDT. 5 RTND (ILF). 16C, 94Y.
0 737-3Q8 (CFM56-3B1) (1846-24698, /90 PK-GHS), OASIS LSD 2003-12. RTND. 149Y.
0 737-3Q8 (CFM56-3C1) (2541-26293, /93 PK-GGV), EX-(FRO), (ILF) 5 YR LSD 2003-03. 16C, 94Y.
1 737-3Q8 (CFM56-3C1) (2854-28200, /97 PK-GCC "CLICK & FLY"), (ILF) LSD 2009-03. CITILINK (CNK) OPS. 148Y.
0 737-3U3 (CFM56-3C1) (2949-28731, /97 PK-GGG; 3029-28735, /98 PK-GGN; 3032-28736, /98 PK-GGO; 3037-28737, /98 PK-GGP; 3064-28739, /98 PK-GGQ; 3079-28741, /98 PK-GGR). 16C, 94Y.
3 737-3YO (CFM56-3) (1927-24680, PK-GHT, 2004-01; 1929-24681, PK-GHU, 2004-01; 2054-24914, PK-GHV, 2004-08), (GEF) LSD. CITILINK (CNK) OPS. 149Y.
0 737-33A (CFM56-3C1) (2153-25138, /91 PK-GGS), (GEF) LSD. RTND. 16C, 94Y.
0 737-34S (CFM56-3) (2983-29108, /97 PH-GHQ "FLOWERS OF MAZOWSZE;" 3001-29109, /98 PK-GHR), EX-(GBA) 2003-05. 16C, 94Y.
0 737-36M (CFM56-3C1) (2809-28332, /96 PK-GGW), EX-(TRM), (BOU) LSD 2003-04. RTND. 16C, 94Y.
0 737-36N (CFM56-3C1) (2964-28566, /97 PK-GGT, 2002-11; 2971-28567, /97 PK-GGU, 2002-12), (GEF) LSD. RTND. 16C, 94Y.
0 737-36N (CFM56-3C1) (2846-28555, PK-GGY; 3041-28573, PK-GGX) (GEF) LSD 2003-06. BOTH RTND 2004-05. 16C, 94Y.
1 737-4K5 (CFM56-3C1) (2711-26316, /95 PK-GWT), EX-(HAP), (ILF) 5 YR LSD. 14C, 120Y.
7 737-4MO (CFM56-3C1) (3018-29201; /98; 3025-29202, /98 PK-GZG, 2003-11; 3049-29203, /98 PK-GZH; 3051-29204, /98 PK-GZI, 2004-01; 3056-29205, /98 PK-GZJ, 2004-02; 3058-29206, /98; 3078-29207, /98 PK-GZL, 2004-04; 3081-29208, /98 PK-GZM, 2004-05; 3087-29209, /98 PK-GZN, 2004-05; 3091-29210, /99 PK-GZO, 2004-07), EX-(ARO), (GEF) LSD. 29201; 29202; RTND 2006-03. 29210; RTND. 16C 117Y.
1 737-4Q8 (CFM56-3C1) (1971-24705; 2076-24708, /91 PK-GWU), EX-(MAS)/(SAQ), (ILF) LSD 2000-10. 24705; RTND. 16C, 117Y.
1 737-4S3 (CFM56-3C1) (2083-25134, /91 PK-GCB), (CGP) LSD 2008-08.
CITILINK (CNK) OPS. 168Y.
7 737-4U3 (CFM56-3C1) (2531-25713, /93 PK-GWK; 2535-25714, /93 PK-GWL; 2537-25715, /93 PK-GWM; 2540-25716, /93 PK-GWN; 2546-25717, /93 PK-GWO; 2548-25718, /93 PK-GWP; 2549-25719, /93 PK-GWQ), 25719 TO HAK AIR, LAGOS, NIGERIA. 14C, 120Y.
0 737-4YO (CFM56-3C1) (1777-24512, /89 PK-GWV; 1901-24683, /90 PK-GWW; 1904-24691, /90 PK-GWX), EX-(SAH), (GUI) 5 YR LSD. 24683; RTND 2006-03. 24512; 24691; RTND. 16C, 120Y.
0 737-43Q (CFM56-3C1) (2830-28490, /96 PK-GWY), EX-(CHI)/(IST), (GEF) 5 YR LSD, RTND. 16C, 120Y.
1 737-46Q (CFM56-3C1) (2910-28661, /97 PK-GCP), (CGP) LSD 2007-05. 16CF, 117Y.
0 737-49R (CFM56-3C1) (2833-23881, /96 PK-GWZ), EX-(PRR), (GEF) 5 YR LSD 2001-04. PARTED OUT 2003-07. 16C, 120Y.
0 737-497 (CFM56-3C1) (2382-25663, /92 PK-GZA; 2393-25664, /92 PK-GZC - W/O MARCH 2007), (GEF) LSD 2002-10. 16C, 120Y.
5 737-5U3 (CFM56-3C1) (2920-28726, /97 PK-GGA; 2937-29727, /97 PK-GGC; 2938-28728, /97 PK-GGD; 2950-28729, /97 PK-GGE; 2952-28730, /97 PK-GGF). 12C, 84Y.
5 737-8AS (CFM56-7B24) (727-29927, /00 PK-GEL; 735-39928, /00 PK-GEM; 753-29929, /00 PK-GEN; 757-29930, /00 PK-GEO, 2009-05; 1020-29931, /01 PK-GEP, 2009-03), (TCI) LSD. WINGLETS. 12C, 150Y.
1 737-8BK (CFM56-7B) (37819, PK-GFG), (TCI) LSD 2010-09, EX-(N1786B).
2 737-8CX (CFM56-7B26) (1098-32361, /02 PK-GEE; 1139-32363, /02 PK-GEF), EX-(IAW), (GAX) LSD 2006-01. WINGLETS. 12C, 144Y.
0 737-8FH (CFM56-7B27) (1700-29671, /05 EI-DMZ), (FUA) LSD 2007-12. RTND. WITH WINGLETS. 189Y.
16 ORDERS 737-800 (CFM56-7B) WINGLETS:
20 737-8U3 (CFM56-7B26) (30148, PK-GMP, 2010-08; 2942-30151, /09 PK-GMA, 2009-06; 3081-30155, /09 PK-GMC, 2009-11; 3100-30156, /09 PK-GMD, 2009-11; 3123-30157, /09 PK-GME, 2009-12; 3129-30140, /09 PK-GMF, 2009-12; 3166-30141, /10 PK-GMG, 2010-02; 3213-30142, /10 PK-GMH, 2010-03; 3243-30143, /10 PK-GMI, 2010-04; 3249-30144, /10 PK-GMJ, 2010-04; 3285-30145, /10 PK-GMM, 2010-05; 30146, PK-GMN, 2010-06; 30147, PK-GMO, 2010-07; 30149, PK-GMQ, 2010-09; 36436, PK-GFF, 2010-08; 36850, PK-GFH, 2010-09; 40807, PK-GFD, 2010-07; 3930-38073, PK-GMU 2012-02; 39936, PK-GNE, 2014-02). WINGLETS. 12C, 150Y.
2 737-8U3 (CFM56-7B26) (3171-29666, /10 PK-GMK, 2010-02; 3177-31763, /10 PK-GML, 2010-02), (BBB) LSD. WINGLETS. 16F, 144Y.
3 737-8U3 (CFM56-7B26) (38885, PK-GFV, 2013-06; 39891, PK-GNG, 2014-05; 39929, PK-GFW, 2013-07), (GCP) LSD. WINGLETS.
1 737-8U3 (CFM56-7B26) (3518-39920, PK-GFM), LOMBARD LSG LSD 2011-01.
3 737-8U3 (CFM56-7B26) (41607, PK-GNS, 2015-05; 41798, PK-GNK, 2014-08; 41806, PK-GNT, 2015-05), AERCAP (DEA) LSD. WINGLETS.
5 737-800 (CFM56-7B), (DAZ) LSD, WINGLETS:
2 737-81D (CFM56-7B) (38416, PK-GFQ, 2011-09; 39417, PK-GFR, 2011-10). 12C, 148Y.
2 737-83N (CFM56-7B27) (1106-30463, /02 PK-GEH; 1149-30033, /02 PK-GEG), (ILF) 8 YR LSD 2008-07. WINGLETS. 12C, 148Y.
1 737-85F (CFM56-7B24) (793-30568, /01 PK-GEK), (GAX) LSD 2009-02. WINGLETS. 12C, 150Y.
1 737-86J (CFM56-7B27) (759-30876, /01 PK-GER), EX-(BER), EX-(D-ABAD), 2009-08. WINGLETS. 12C, 150Y.
3 737-86N (CFM56-7B26) (1083-29883, /02 PK-GEI, 2009-05; 1121-33003, /02 PK-GEJ, 2009-05; 3505-36808, PK-GFL, 2010-12), (GEF) LSD. WINGLETS. 12C, 150Y.
2 737-86N (CFM56-7B26) (1709-32659, /05 PK-GEQ, 2009-05; 36804, PK-GFE, 2010-08), (GEF) LSD, EX-(EC-JEX). WINGLETS. 12C, 150Y.
3 737-86N (CFM56-7B) (36549, PK-GFA, 2010-07; 38040, PK-GFU, 2013-06; 39390, PK-GFC, 2010-07), (GEF) LSD. WINGLETS. 12C, 150Y.
50 ORDERS 737 MAX 8 (LEAP-1B):
0 747-2U3 (JT9D-7Q) (452-22246, /80 PK-GSA; 459-22247, /80 PK-GSB; 461-22248, /80 PK-GSC; 468-22249, /80 PK-GSD). 22246; 22247; ST HOLIDAY AIRLINES 2004-02, LST (PHK). WFU. FOR SALE. 18F, 64C, 323Y.
0 747-267B (466-22149, TF-ATC), (AID) WET-LSD FOR HADJ 2004-01. PARTED OUT AT KEMBLE 2004-06.
2 ORDERS 747-200F, LSD.
0 747-338 (RB211-524D4) (VH-EBV), (QAN) WET-LSD FOR HADJ 2005-12. RTND. 52C, 370Y.
0 747-312 (626-23245, PK-IAT), 1 (AID) WET-LSD FOR HADJ TIL 2003-04.
0 747-341 (CF6-80C2) (24108), EX-(VAR), 1 (AID) WET-LSD 1999-11.
2 747-4U3 (CF6-80C2B1F) (1011-25704, /94 PK-GSG; 1029-25705, /94 PK-GSH). 42C, 386Y.
1 747-441 (CF6-80C2B1F) (917-24956, /92 PK-GSI), 42C, 386Y.
0 767-304ER's (28040; 28041; 28042; 28979; 28208; 29138; 29384), 7 (BRI) WET-LSD 1/03 FOR HADJ. 28040; 28041; 28979; 29137; WET-LSD 2004-01. RTND.
0 767-31KER's (27205; 27206; 28865), 3 (GUE) WET-LSD FOR HADJ 2003-01 & 2004-01.
10/10 ORDERS 777-2U3ER (GE90-92B):
0 777-21B (GE90-85B) (48-27360, /96 B-2054 - - SEE PHOTO - - "GIA-777-21B-2009-11"), (GUN) WET-LSD FOR HAJJ 2009-11. RTND. 24C, 356Y.
1 777-3Q8ER (GE90-115B) (778-35782, /09 F-OSYD), (AUX) LSD 2013-04. 18C, 40PY, 384Y.
3 +6 ORDERS 777-3U3ER (GE90-115BL) (29148, PK-GIF, 2014-05; 40074, /06 PK-GIA; 40075, /13 PK-GIC - - SEE PHOTO - - "GIA-777-300ER - 2013-07"), 8F SUITES, 38C, 268Y.
00 ORDERS (2014-?) 787-8 DREAMLINER, 10 ORDERS CANCELLED:
0 DC-10-30 (CF6-50C2) (223-46918, /76 PK-GIA; 226-46919, /76 PK-GIB; 239-46964, /77 PK-GIC; 246-46951, /77 PK-GID; 286-46686, /79 PK-GIF). WFU. 3 FOR SALE. 24C, 223Y.
0 MD-11 (48631; 48632; 48743; 48746), (WLD) WET-LSD TIL 2001-04.
0 A300B4-220 (JT9D-59A), STORED, 7 PARTED OUT 1999-06 & 1999-08.
0 A300B4-622R (PW4158), (ANS), (ILF) & (JFS) LSD. 3 RTND.
25 ORDERS A320neo:
1 A320neo, AVOLON (AZV) LSD 2017-02.
2 A330-200, (ILF) LSD 84 & 86 MTHS 2009-08:
0 A330-243 (TRENT 772B-60) (250, /99 C-GGTS; 271, /99 C-GITS), (ILF) 10 YR LST (AIJ). (AIJ) WET-LSD 2009-10. (AGAIN) 2010-10. 20C, 343Y.
0 A330-243 (TRENT 772B-60) (427, /01 G-OJMB - SEE PHOTO), (JMA) WET-LSD FOR HADJ OPS 2006-11. RTND. 45C, 309Y.
1 A330-243 (TRENT6 662B-60) (461, 2004-12; 1184, /10 PK-GPL), EX-(IBW), (TCI) LSD. 461 RTND. 36C, 186Y.
2 A330-243 (TRENT 772C-60) (988, /09 PK-GPJ - - SEE PHOTO - - "GIA-A330-243-2009-07;" 1028, /09 PK-GPK), (ILF) LSD. 36C, 186Y.
2 A330-243 (TRENT 772C-60) (1020, /09 PK-GPI - - SEE PHOTO - - "GIA-NEW LIVERY-2009-06;" 1052, /09 PK-GPI), (DEA) LSD. 36C, 186Y.
1 A330-243 (TRENT 772C-60) (1184, /10 PK-GPL; 1261, /11 PK-GPN), 36C, 186Y.
1 A330-243 (TRENT 772C-60) (1214, /11 PK-GPM), (AWW) LSD. 36C, 186Y.
1 A330-243 (TRENT 772C-60) (1288, /12 PK-GPO), (ALE) LSD 2012-02, EX-(F-WWKL). 36C, 186Y.
1 A330-243 (TRENT 772C-60) (1364, /12 PK-GPP), EX-(F-WWKK), 36C, 186Y.
1 +10 ORDERS A330-300 (TRENT 700), 2013-09, 36C (CONVERT TO FULL FLAT BEDS), 250Y (33 TO 34 INCH PITCH).
0 A330-322 (095, C-FBUS), (GUE) WET-LSD TIL END OF 2001-04.
0 A330-322 (096, CS-TMT), (LXA) WET-LST FOR HADJ 2004-01.
6 A330-341 (TRENT 768-60) (138, /96 PK-GPA "VISIT INDONESIA;" 140, /96 PK-GPC; 144, /97 PK-GPD; 148, /97 PK-GPE "VISIT INDONESIA;" 153, /97 PK-GPF; 165, /97 PK-GPG), 42C, 251Y.
0 A330-343X (TRENT 772B) (356, /00 OY-VKH), (PRH) WET-LSD 2003-12. RTND. 410Y.
1 A330-343X (TRENT 772B) (357, /00 OY-VKI - SEE PHOTO), (PRH) WET-LSD 2006-11. (AGAIN) 2009-10. 408Y.
1 A330-343E (TRENT 772B) (1548, PK-GPT, 2014-08), EX-(F-WWCZ) 2014-08.
14 ORDERS (2019-02) A330-900neo:
0 A340-313X (129, B-2380), (CEA) WET-LSD FOR HADJ TIL END OF 2000-04.
2 +23 ORDERS ATR 72-600 (1140, 2014-04; 1149, PK-GAE, 2014-05), NORDIC AVIATION CAPITAL LSD:
13 +5/18 ORDERS BOMBARDIER CRJ1000 NEXTGEN (CF34-8C5) (19025, /12 PK-GRA, 2012-10; 19026, /12 PK-GRC; 19027, /12 PK-GRE; 19028, /12 PK-GRF; 19029, /12 PK-GRG; 19030, /13 PK-GRH; 19031, /13 PK-GRI; PK-GRM, 2013-06 - - SEE PHOTO - - "GIA-2013-06 - PARIS AIR SHOW;" 19036, PK-GRN, 2013-08; 19039, PK-GRP, 2013-05. 19043, PK-GRS, 2015-11; 19044, PK-GRT, 2015-12), 12 NORDIC AVIATION CAPITAL LSD, TWO CLASS, 100 PAX:
0 F28-3000 (SPEY 555-15) (OPS BY (PNM), FOR SALE, 9 RETIRED. 11119; & 11134 ST GATARI AIR 2005-10; 65Y.
0 F28-4000 (SPEY 555-15H) (11216, /84 PK-GKZ; 11218, /84 PK-GQB) (OPS BY (PNM), 2 OPS FOR CITILINK 8/01 (NOW ALL 5). 27 RETIRED AND REPLACED BY 737'S. 11201 ST (PNM) 2004-10. 11216; & 11218; ST GATARI AIR 2005-10. 80Y.
2 F 100 (TAY 650-15) (11453, /93 PK-MJA "BAWAL;" 11463, /93 PK-MJC "SABU;" 11474, /94 PK-MJD "RUPAT"), LST MERPATI (PNM). STORED. 24C, 75Y.
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GIA-1-EMIRSYAH SATAR - 2006-02
GIA-7-JUBI PRASETYO - 2013-10
GIA-7-JUBI PRASETYO - 2ND FROM R - 2014-09
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MR S H ABDULGANI, CHAIRMAN (2005-04).
ARIF WIBOWO, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO), EX-(CEO OF CITILINK (CNK) (2015-01).
JULIANDRA NURTJAHJO, PRESIDENT DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE REPAIR & OVERHAUL (MRO) (2016-03).
ARI SAPARI, EXECUTIVE VP OPERATIONS.
ARI ASKHARA, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).
RICHARD SUKADARISMAN, EXECUTIVE VP ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE.
ERIK MEIJER, EXECUTIVE VP MARKETING & SALES.
HADINOTO SUDIGNO, EXECUTIVE VP ASIA AVIATION (MRO).
CAPTAIN RUDY HARDONO, EXECUTIVE VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
BACHRUL HAKIM, EXECUTIVE VP COMMERCIAL.
WIRADHARMA OKA, EXECUTIVE VP FINANCE.
ELISA LUMANTORUAN, EXECUTIVE VP CORPORATE STRATEGY.
CAPTAIN RONGGO KARYAWAN, VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS
CAPTAIN KRISMANTO, VP FLIGHT SAFETY (2002-12)
CAPTAIN TRIYANTO, CHIEF PILOT 737.
CAPTAIN ROSIHAN MAKMUR, CHIEF PILOT 747-200.
CAPTAIN JOHN KAKIALATU, CHIEF PILOT 747-400.
CAPTAIN S SAMAD, CHIEF PILOT DC-10.
JOSEPH SAUL, PRESIDENT CITILINK & VP STRATEGIC BUSINESS UNIT (SBU).
MR SUWITO, VP TECHNICAL SERVICES (firstname.lastname@example.org) (1999-05).
SETYO WIBOWO, VP TECHNICAL CORPORATE & SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT (2001-03).
AGUS SUDARYA, VP LINE MAINTENANCE.
MR SJAMSURIJANTO, VP QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) (1999-07).
BIMO PRIHANTONOOF, VP BASE MAINTENANCE.
MR SASTRAWANDI, VP CARGO.
S PULUNGAN, VP CARGO MARKETING.
TENTEN WARDHAYA, VP NETWORK MANAGEMENT.
I WAYAN SUBAGIA, VP CHINA.
NOVIJANTO HERUPRATOMO, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR.
I GUSTI NGURAH ASKHARA DANADIPUTRA, FINANCE DIRECTOR.
MR MUDJIONO, AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE DIRECTOR.
PUJI NUR HANDAYANI, DIRECTOR COMMERCIAL.
DEDI HERMAWAN, DIRECTOR QUALITY AUDIT, QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) DEPARTMENT.
HERMAWAN SYAHRUL, DIRECTOR RELIABILITY & ENGINEERING SERVICES.
SYACHRIP HARYANTO, DIRECTOR OUTSTATION LINE MAINTENANCE.
JUBI PRASETYO, GENERAL MANAGER UK & IRELAND.
OCTOBER 2013 - "ROUTE NEWS" INTERVIEW RE-GARUDA PLANS TO DEVELOP DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM GATWICK (LGW) TO JAKARTA:
Q: What are the current priorities for Garuda Indonesia (GIA) in the UK market?
A: Building brand awareness of (GIA) and its new services in the UK is a major priority ahead of the new London to Jakarta non-stop route launching in May 2014. (GIA) seeks to become a strong and distinguished airline that provides a recognized high quality service for its passengers and freight around the world, through delivering genuine Indonesian hospitality. This is demonstrated through the recent "Skytrax" award for world’s best economy (Y) class and the launch of the new first (F) class service. As a flag carrier of Indonesia, (GIA) supports national economic development by delivering professional air travel services.
Q: How are you working to promote the launch of direct flights from Gatwick to Jakarta?
A: We are utilizing key outlets to position (GIA) as one that seamlessly connects passengers from the UK to South East Asia with Indonesian style. Also, as of September 2012, we became official sponsors of the Liverpool Football (soccer) Club. This relationship has enabled us to increase visibility in the UK.
Q: How has your strategy adjusted to the new time frame for the launch in May next year?
A: We will spend the next eight months marketing our route in the UK. We will be working very closely with our tour operator and business travel agent partners here and raising awareness of the first ever non-stop route from London to Jakarta. We are confident that the route will be very popular for business and leisure travelers visiting Indonesia and Australia.
Q: What level of demand is already apparent for the new route?
A: Since announcing plans to serve London, we have received a very encouraging response from UK travel agents, tour operators and companies doing business in Indonesia. The travel trade, in particular, seems very keen to promote the new route, even though it is not yet on sale.
Q: What is the relative importance of business, leisure and (VFR) demand for the route?
A: With approximately 190,000 Brits traveling to Indonesia every year for business and leisure and the UK being the number one market for travel to Indonesia, Garuda Indonesia (GIA) has tailored its service to meet this growing demand. We have been able to redefine our network, schedule and commercial strategy, resulting in a better and more balanced passenger mix.
Q: How much demand on the flights will be kangaroo traffic to Australia?
A: This will vary through the year, with high demand around Christmas and the UK school holiday periods. This pattern complements expected business travel demand to Jakarta and other cities in Indonesia, and will assist us in our aim to maintain high load factors year-round between London and Jakarta.
Q: What is new in (GIA)’s services and fleet?
A: We have recently launched our new first (F) class service which is a premium service with an exquisite touch of unique Indonesian hospitality and have extended it to our award winning economy (Y) class and reputable executive (PY) class. The new First (F) Class will allow passengers to enjoy the innovative chef on board service, where passengers can choose from a selection of delicious meals, prepared on-board by a dedicated Garuda Indonesia (GIA) chef. We are setting a new standard of quality and value in air travel. We are confident that the inauguration of our First (F) Class service will take our services to an entirely new level of excellence. Additionally, 10 new airplanes have been ordered. July 2013 saw the arrival of the first new airplane and there will be subsequent deliveries up until January 2016. These will hold 8F First Class seats, 38C Business Class seats and 268Y Economy Class seats.
Q: How is (GIA) marketing these changes?
A: We’re working closely with our partners like Liverpool FC to spread the word about our new services. July 2013 presented us with the opportunity to fly the (LFC) team to Jakarta and launch our Garuda Frequent Flyer – Liverpool Football Club edition card, a special edition in line with (GIA)’s effort to continuously deliver added value to loyal customers. Advertising campaigns are planned to accompany the new route launch in May 2014 we are of course working very closely with our tour operator and travel agent partners.
Q: What are (GIA)'s long-term plans for new routes or services for the UK market?
A: We will start with five flights per week and increase frequency to daily as soon as demand and aircraft availability allows. We plan to concentrate on the London market, where UK demand, especially from the business (C) travel segment, is strongest. As our 777-300ER fleet expands, we will add non-stop flights from Jakarta to other points in Europe, and this will provide other opportunities to feed traffic from UK provincial airports, via our code share partners.
Q: Do you expect new or extended code shares to expand (GIA)’s routes to UK airports?
A: Yes, we are planning to develop the market beyond London to include Ireland and other European destinations. Our recent code share with Etihad Airways (EHD) is already providing good connections to points throughout Indonesia from London and Manchester via Abu Dhabi, and we expect this to expand to other UK airports served by (EHD). As the 777 network brings non-stop services to other European hubs, we hope to expand our existing code share agreements with other European airlines to maximize potential. We’re also excited about next year’s plans to have (GIA) become a SkyTeam (STM) Alliance member.
Q: What is your personal work philosophy?
A: Professionalism and passion are very important to me. I feel a person should always be as passionate about their role, while always remaining professional.
Q: How did you begin and develop your career in aviation?
A: It has taken quite a few steps for me to get where I am today with (GIA). I first joined the company in 1993 as a trainer at the Garuda Training Center for Commercial Subject. I was then promoted five times throughout the years, covering diverse roles across many departments. Most recently, I achieved General Manager status as I took on the General Manager role for several branch offices including Padang, Balikpapan, Denpasar, and Osaka, which was followed by a transfer to the London branch, bringing me to where I am today.
November 4, 2015, "Airline & Airport Strategy Interviews:"
www.anna.aero Jonathon Ford met with Garuda Indonesia (GIA)’s General Manager for the UK & Ireland, Jubi Prasetyo, at World Travel Market to discuss (GIA)’s Gatwick, UK service:
At the "2015 World Travel Market" exhibition in London, anna.aero’s Assistant Editor, Jonathan Ford, met up with Garuda Indonesia (GIA)’s General Manager for the UK & Ireland, Jubi Prasetyo. (GIA), the SkyTeam (SKT) Alliance member has recently welcomed its ninth 777-300ER into its fleet which brandishes the "SkyTeam" livery. (GIA) joined the (SKT) Alliance in March of last year, before commencing its services to London Gatwick, a route which has now been operating for 13 months. By the end of 2015, (GIA) will have a total of 187 aircraft. During their discussion, one of the key messages was how well the Gatwick route has been performing, with the hope of making it a non-stop service in 2016. Another topic was also how (GIA) does not just offer a service to passengers, but an experience. Recently (GIA) picked up the Skytrax Award for having the world’s best cabin crew (CA), the second year in a row, it has won the title.
aa: “So services between Jakarta and London Gatwick have now been operating for over a year. How has this route been performing and is Garuda Indonesia (GIA) happy with the results so far?”
JP: “Well firstly, it has taken 12 years for us to be able to get this service back into the UK, so this time we have returned with a completely different product that is not just a service, but an experience on the new 777s that we have. The route has been performing as we have expected, and we have seen strong loads between 75% to 80%, which is very promising to see within the first 12 months. What is of interest though, is how well the route between London Gatwick and Amsterdam has been performing. We have seen that weekend breaks have been very popular and flights have shown to have a load factor of around 90% LF during that part of the week.”
aa: “So as this route is performing to a satisfactory level for Garuda (GIA), is there the possibility that we will see services operating non-stop between Gatwick and Jakarta in the near future?”
JP: “We hope so. The aim at the moment will hopefully be to have a non-stop service to London during 2016. The market for this option is currently being studied along with Amsterdam also being served without the add-on of Gatwick.”
aa: “Currently your service operates into London Gatwick, with this being the only UK route that the airline has. What are the main UK markets where passengers originate from for this route?”
JP: “A majority of our passengers are from the south-east. However, our UK catchment is anywhere from Birmingham and below. However, we do have a code share agreement with (KLM), which allows our UK passengers to be able to connect onto the service at Amsterdam to then continue the journey onto Jakarta. We are also open to self-connections through GatwickConnect which allows passengers in the north of the UK and Ireland to self-connect onto the flight via Gatwick. However, we do stress that we do have a minimum connection time for passengers who take this option.”
aa: “So we have seen that a majority of passengers originate in the south-east. With this area of the UK in mind, why did the airline decide to choose London Gatwick over London Heathrow?”
JP: “So far, we have a market in the South-East and around Gatwick, so we are happy to have made this decision. Heathrow is a hard airport to get access to if you do not already have slots. Secondly, Gatwick provides just as good UK connections than Heathrow provides, so from an operational point of view, it just made sense to serve Gatwick.”
RUDY MARIAMTO KAHARMEN, MARKETING MANAGER CITILINK (CNK).
J ACHADIYAT P, MANAGER QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) PERSONNEL, QUALITY ASSURANCE DEPARTMENT.
KOESMONO REKKY, MANAGER AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE AUDIT, QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) DEPARTMENT.
GIRI HARYANTO, MANAGER RELIABILITY CONTROL.
MR WILLMAN, MANAGER ENGINE & MECHANICAL AUDIT, QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) DEPT.
JOHN HENDRI, MANAGER QUALITY SERVICE, QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) DEPT.
MS CHRISTINA VIDOS, SALES & MARKETING MANAGER, UK & IRELAND.