Garuda Indonesia will begin direct flights from London's Heathrow Airport to Jakarta on March 31, ditching the current stop-over in Amsterdam and also shifting from London's Gatwick Airport in favour of the Heathrow hub.
However, there'll now be stop-over in Singapore on the outbound Jakarta-London leg instead of flying that leg direct.
It's understood this is due to the inability of the runways at Jakarta's Soekarno–Hatta International Airport to handle the Boeing 777-300ER when fully laden with fuel, necessitating that fuel-stop in Singapore.
Garuda Indonesia has been approached for comment.
As part of the move, the Indonesian flag carrier and SkyTeam member will boost the Jakarta-London flights to run five times per week, up from the current three-day roster, with departures every day except Mondays and Fridays.
Garuda Indonesia has yet to advise of flight times, although tickets are expected to be on sale from later this month.
Inside Garuda's Boeing 777-300ER
Garuda Indonesia's flagship Boeing 777-300ER boasts eight first class suites.
The suites are arranged in a 1-2-1 layout – the middle pair have a slide-up screen for privacy if you're flying solo, but it also makes for a good companion arrangement when you're travelling with a friend.
Each seat gets a 23 inch screen with full video-on-demand.
You’ll also find a personal wardrobe for each passenger...
... and ample storage space in a concealed compartment under the armrest.
The wide seats recline into a fully flat bed.
At the not-so-pointy end of the plane are 38 ‘Executive Class’ business class seats.
These are a more familiar design – they’re the staggered Solstys model from EADS Sogerma.
Down the back of the bus are 268 economy seats in a 3-3-3 layout.
From tip to tail, Garuda’s Boeing 777-300ER boasts wireless Internet and live TV including English Premier League matches.
This video from Garuda presents the highlights of its Boeing 777-300ER passenger experience.
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