Garuda is one of the few airlines around to have its origins in something other than a money-making venture. It played a huge role in winning Indonesia's independence in 1945. The problems, which it is striving to overcome, with the help of Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines, are the result of it being state owned and hence controlled by one of the most corrupt, crony-infested governments in the world. A lot has changed in the 2 years since that government was thrown out by violent unrest throughout the country, including the culture at Garuda. As my wife is Indonesian, and my first international flights were aboard Garuda (with exceptional service, contrary to what I have read in other places. I have heard that the service from the U.S. was much better than from other parts of the world, and that white foreigners do receive better treatment than native Indonesians, which, as I understand form my wife, is an unfortunate element of Indonesian culture). I wish them the best. They are making profit this year, as well as last year, and they have their load factors up, and are hoping to resume some of their suspended services early next year, just in time for us to return to Jakarta!
The A330 is often used by Indonesia's president. He does receive medical treatment in the US quite often, but I am not sure. Also, Garuda leases many aircraft, and that one may just not have been repainted again after being returned...or, maybe they're doing trials of new North America service! (doubt it with an A330 though)
Hope that helps
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