Garuda Indonesia is launching a new direct route between the Chinese capital, Beijing and Djakarta on January 13th 2010.
The new non-stop service route will significantly reduce the overall journey time for passengers flying from Beijing to destinations such as Bali, Yogyakarta, and Lombok removing the need for transfers through Singapore.
The route will be operated using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, the interiors of which have specially designed with Chinese elements such as the Chinese Red color and the big Chinese character for "Blessing" to appeal to Chinese tourists.
The aircraft is configured with 222 seats, including 36 seats in the business class cabin and 186 seats in the economy class cabin. Sentota Mujiono, the general manager of Garuda Indonesia China Region, stated that the number of Chinese tourists visiting Indonesia is increasing by 20% a year, and therefore Garuda will keep on increasing the number flights between China and Indonesia. He added that they will also provide a brand new service to enable Chinese tourists to better explore and experience the charm of Indonesia so more of them will choose to fly with the airline. For the China market, the airline currently runs flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.