GARUDA Indonesia's maiden flight between Jakarta and Osaka took off early this morning.
The airline has deployed an Airbus A330-200 for the new four-times-weekly service, with 222 seats in a two-class configuration.
Flights to the western Japanese city are available every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, leaving Jakarta at 01.00 to arrive at 09.55. Return flights depart Osaka at 12.00 and touch down in Jakarta at 17.00.
Faik Fahmi, executive vice president services of Garuda, said: “Japan is an important market for Garuda and in line with the growth of business and leisure travel between the two countries, the airline will continue to meet the increasing demand.”
Apart from the Immigration on Board service the airline provides on all Japan flights (TTG Asia e-Daily, January 14, 2013), Garuda has also recruited Japanese cabin crew members.
The carrier runs 32 flights to Japan every week, on routes such as Jakarta-Tokyo (Narita), Denpasar-Tokyo (both Narita and Haneda), as well as Denpasar-Osaka.