Five years after suspending the service, Garuda Indonesia has announced its return to Brisbane.
Commencing August 2013 as part of the carrier’sQuantum Leap strategy, the airline will launch its fourth Australian port, with six times weekly flights between Brisbane via Denpasar to Jakarta.
Utilising the airline’s Boeing 737-800 NextGen aircraft, Garuda Indonesia Vice President Bagus Y Siregar said the extra service would target growing capacity between the two destinations. “Australian travel to Indonesia is growing every year, with a 20% increase in passenger numbers in the first half of this year on the same period in 2011,” Mr Siregar explained. “We have also seen a significant growth in demand in Queensland, particularly in the leisure sector.”
Earlier this year, the Indonesian carrier announced its profits had picked up by 14.4 percent during the first nine months of 2012, compared to the same period last year.
Garuda profits take a Quantum Leap
Operational expansion and improved service quality is paying off for Garuda, with the carrier recording a 14.4 percent rise in consolidating operating revenue for the first nine months of 2012 compared to the same period last year. The airline’s revenue jumped to US$2.39 billion from January to September this year, up from US$2.08 billion earned over the same period last year, while the airline’s income from operations more than doubled from US$92.75 million to US$38.60 million.
Comprehensive income also increased by 108.2 percent from US$29.2 million during the third quarter last year to US$60.8 million this year as passengers carrier climbed 20.2 percent from 12.3 million to 14.9 million. Citing growth to the carrier’s Quantum Leap 2011 – 2015 strategy, Garuda said the plan was designed to transform the carrier into a “highly competitive airline of the future”, by ongoing fleet modernisation and expansion.
This year the airline welcomed 20 new aircraft, including four Boeing 737-800NGs, nine Airbus A320s, two Airbus A330-200s and five Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGens.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard
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