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PT (Persero) Garuda Indonesia is the national airline of Indonesia. It is named after the mystical, giant bird Garuda of Hinduism and Buddhist mythology. It is headquartered at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta. Garuda Indonesia is listed on the Jakarta stock exchange but is majority-owned by the Indonesian Government.
A new branding initiative revolves around the idea of 'Nature's Wing'. Garuda's outdated logo has been replaced. The new image aims to 'capture the spirit of Indonesian hospitality and professionalism'.
Garuda Indonesia flies to over 85 destinations. Most Garuda Indonesia flights are for destinations in Indonesia but Garuda Indonesia has international flights to several other countries as well, like for example China and Japan. From its main base in Jakarta 278 flights depart every week. Many people who look for Garuda Indonesia tickets look for flights to Denpasar Bali and Surabaya.
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Each passenger can bring into the cabbin one standard bag with a maximum weight of 7 kg.
The maximum weight for checked baggage is 20 kg. You can check-in multiple bags but the combined weight may not exceed 20 kg.
It is possible to check-in more weight, but there will be additional costs. Please contact Garuda Indonesia for the exact price before you book a flight.
Refunds and name or flights changes depends on the type of ticket you have bought. With the cheapest class of tickets, refunds and changes are not allowed.
Garuda Indonesia is the national airline of Indonesia. Garuda Indonesia itself has been around a long time, even before Indonesia's independence. But the airline's anniversary falls on January 26th, 1949. The airline was not formerly named Garuda yet but Indonesian Airways. The name Garuda itself was a gift from the first president of Indonesia, President Soekarno.
President Sukarno got the name from a famous Dutch poem created by Noto Soeroto written in colonial times: "Ik ben Garuda, Vishnoe's vogel, die zijn Vleugels uitslaat hoog boven Eilanden uw". In English: “I am Garuda, Vishnu's bird, spreading its wings high above your islands.” The Garuda bird is a mythical bird and became a symbol of the Republic of Indonesia.
The official maiden flight occurred on December 28, 1949, it was the flight of DC-3 with registration PK-DPD owned by KLM Interinsular. The historic flight took President Soekarno from Yogyakarta to Jakarta for his inauguration as president of the Republic of Indonesia (RIS). With a new name, Garuda Indonesia Airways and the new logo given by President Sukarno, the airline took off.