Jakarta. Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia announced on Friday (15/09) that it will start direct flights between Jakarta and London next month.
The new nonstop flights to London's Heathrow Airport, available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, will commence on Oct. 31, cutting out the current stopover in Singapore.
The state-controlled airline said in a statement that it will use the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft currently used on the Jakarta-Singapore-London route, offering economy, business and first-class seats.
Garuda president director Pahala N. Mansury said the direct Jakarta-London route has been the airline's top priority ever since it resumed flights to Britain in March last year.
Pahasa said the airline decided to start offering direct flights to satisfy rising demand, and to allow travelers from Britain to enjoy better connectivity to other destinations in the Asia-Pacific region.
The airline said in the statement that first-class customers on the upcoming flights will enjoy various premium services, including "Inflight Connectivity" (inflight internet services), "Live TV," and "Chef on Board" to make the long-distance flights more enjoyable.