About Garuda Indonesia
A. Garuda Indonesia, The New Era of Indonesian Civil Aviation
The First Indonesian Commercial Flight
Indonesian civil aviation has its origins in an initiative from the Indonesian Airforce when its aircraft, called ‘Indonesian Airways,’ was rented to the Burmese government on 26 January 1949. The role of ‘Indonesian Airways’ ended following the Dutch–Indonesian Round Table Conference the same year, leading to all the aircraft returning to the Indonesian Airforce.
The Emergence of an Indonesian National Airline
With the signing of the Dutch–Indonesian Round Table Conference in 1949, the Netherlands was required to surrender all of the assets of the Netherlands East Indies government to the government of the United States of Indonesia, including the KLM-IIB (Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij- Inter-Insulair Bedrijf) airline. KLM-IIB was a subsidiary of KLM that had taken over the K.N.I.L.M (Koninklijke Nederlandshindische Luchtvaart Maatschappij) private airline, which had existed since 1928 in the Netherlands East Indies.
The Birth of Garuda Indonesia Airways (GIA)
On 21 December 1949, following the Dutch–Indonesian Round Table Conference, negotiations were held between the Indonesian government with KLM about the creation of a national Indonesian airline.
President Soekarno decided upon ‘Garuda Indonesian Airways’ (GIA) as the new airline's name. In preparation for the eventual transfer over to Indonesian airline staff, KLM provided its own staff on temporary assignment to transfer skills to the new Indonesian airline staff. Thus the first Director-General of GIA was a Dutchman, Dr E. Konijnenburg.
The first Garuda Indonesia Airways (GIA) Flight
A day after the recognition of the sovereignty of the Republic of Indonesia by the Netherlands on 28 December 1949, two Dakota (DC-3) aircraft left the Kemayoran airport in Jakarta for Yogyakarta to meet President Soekarno and bring him to Jakarta, the newly reinstated capital of the Republic of Indonesia. From that moment, GIA grew to become known as Garuda Indonesia.
B. Garuda Indonesia in Current Times
Presenting a new level of service excellence in air travel, Garuda Indonesia, the national airline of Indonesia, seamlessly connects 60 destinations worldwide, including exotic locations in the beautiful archipelago of Indonesia all at once. As a national flag carrier, the airline proudly serves its passengers with the award-winning distinct service “Garuda Indonesia Experience”, which highlights Indonesia’s warm hospitality and rich diverse culture.
Garuda Indonesia group currently operates a total of 210 aircraft with an average age of less than five years, consist of 142 fleets which operate by Garuda Indonesia, and 68 fleets operate by Citilink as a Low-Cost Carrier.
Through the company’s ongoing development program, in 2020 Garuda Indonesia has received a number of international awards, including achieving the 5-Star On-Time Performance Rating 2020 from OAG Flightview, which is an Independent On-Time Performance rating agency based in the UK.
Moreover, Garuda Indonesia has also received the award for “Best Airline in Indonesia” since 2017 to 2020, “Major Airlines - Airline of Choice for Asian Tourists” since 2018 to 2020 from the TripAdvisor 2020 Traveler’s Choice Airlines Awards and has recognized as one of the best world airlines in health safety protocol implementation during pandemic situation according to Safe Travel Barometer.
In line with the company’s efforts and commitment to providing a safe and comfortable flying experience for its passengers, especially when traveling during the Covid-19 pandemic, Garuda Indonesia consistently prioritizes safety and comfort aspects, one of which is by strictly implementing various health protocol policies throughout service aspects especially through physical distancing policies during flights.