Fly with Garuda to the United States
You will be able to fly with Garuda to the United States from 2017, when the Indonesian flag carrier resumes flights between the two countries via Japan. Flights are planned to use the airline’s wide body Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, following the recent announcement from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that Indonesia complies with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards and has been granted a Category 1 rating. This is a significant development for the airline and other Indonesian carriers since the Category 1 rating was removed some years ago following safety concerns.
Garuda Indonesia is currently developing plans for the flights out of Jakarta via Tokyo Narita, to either Los Angeles or New York, which take into account the high potential of these routes with up to four hundred thousand passengers per year. In addition, Japan’s grant of ‘Fifth Freedom Rights’ to Indonesian carriers will allow Garuda Indonesia to fill more seats from Japan, further increasing potential passenger loads.
Garuda International has worked hard to have the Category 1 rating reinstated, with the focus on improving safety standards to International requirements and the ability to return to the profitable US routes having been well received. The airline has, in recent years, taken a number of awards, including recognition by Skytrax as ‘World’s Best Regional Airline’ in 2012 and ‘the most loved airline in the world’ in 2016. Garuda carries a five-star rating by Skytrax, the seventh airline to earn this prestigious award.
After joining the SkyTeam alliance in March 2014, Garuda Indonesia announced a codeshare partnership with fellow member Delta Airlines for services to Los Angeles and Seattle via Tokyo Haneda.
You can find more information and place bookings (though not currently for these newly announced routes) on the Garuda Indonesia website.