Ryanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4706 posts, RR: 26 Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1626 times:
The yields for CGK-SIN-AMS are extremely low. They cannot seem to attract high yield travellers unlike KLM because the brand recognition GA carries doesn't spell pristige or reliability outside of Indonesia.
Therefore, GA has opted to code share their European ops through Kuala Lumpur with MAS. So that will effectively mean the end of GA metal on European soil.
As for their 744s, with a sudden surplus in aircraft, they might opt to store it until things get better. Or they might just dispose the aircraft. However, the 744s are also used for flights to Jeddah, Riyadh and Damman so they might just keep them a while longer.
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SeaMeFly From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 312 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1607 times:
too bad... I really like flying on GA. Unfortunately for us here in the US they've pulled their flight out of LAX back in 1997. I usually travel with them on leisure so being delayed all the time (it was their notorious moto) didn't really bother me much. They have good inflight meals, and the seat pitch is among the better ones compared to other international carriers.
Yes, their IFE is very outdated but for the airfares that are usually one of the lowest; it really is the price you have to pay in order to save money. I really hope they survive and will expand soon if not later.
My last GA flight was to/from SIN-DPS in their executive class. One of the best. Long live Garuda!
HB-IWC From Greece, joined Sep 2000, 4450 posts, RR: 74 Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1545 times:
Three B744s remain very much in the fleet. PK-GSG has recently been upgraded with AVOD, PK-GSH and PK-GSI are to undergo this upgrade later. The Amsterdam route will be abandoned effective November. However, September already saw a reduction from 4 to 3 weeklies on the route, and Garuda will reduce the frequency further in October to 2 weekly.
As from the winter season, the 744s will be deployed to the Middle East as before (Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam) and the Amsterdam capacity will be deployed on the CGK-NRT-DPS route, replacing the currently deployed A330. B744s may also regularly be found replacing B734s on the CGK-DPS route during busy periods.
Incidentally, Garuda is also abandoning service to Taipei and Seoul with its own aircraft, but will remain present through code-shares with both China Airlines and Korean Air. Garuda used to operated 5 weekly DC10 flights on the DPS-TPE-ICN route.