The president director of national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, Emirsyah Satar, said on Monday that the airline was targeting to start serving US routes by the end of 2015. “Garuda will be ready to fly to the US [in 2015], because by that time we’ll have our B-777-300 ER fleet,” Emirsyah said in Jakarta, as quoted by Indonesian news portal bisnis.com. He said flying to the US would be part of Garuda’s Quantum Leap program, where the airline is targeting to increase its fleet from the current 94 planes to 244 units by the end of 2015. Garuda spokesman Pujobroto told The Jakarta Globe that not only was Garuda targeting US routes, it also hopes to open more flights to Europe — Garuda currently has one route to Amsterdam. “In the long run, Garuda will also fly to London, Paris, Frankfurt and Rome or Milan,” Pujobroto said. “The development of the routes/flights will be in line with the arrival of planes that will serve long flights, namely B 777-300 ER, although it will also depend on the global economic situation, especially in Europe and America,” he added. Emirsyah had earlier said that Garuda expected to boost the number of its passengers from last year’s 17.1 million to 45.4 million by 2015, including 16.4 million forecasted to fly with Garuda’s subsidiary, low-budget carrier Citilink.
(The Jakarta Globe)