Garuda launches chauffeur-drive limousines for Brisbane flights

By David Flynn, May 24 2013
Garuda launches chauffeur-drive limousines for Brisbane flights

Garuda Indonesia is joining the ranks of 'chauffeur drive' airlines such as Qantas, Emirates and Etihad with the launch of a free door-to-door limousine service.

As part of Garuda's return to Brisbane in August, travellers in the Indonesian flag-carrier's Executive Class (business class) cabin will enjoy a complimentary limo service to and from the airport.

The free ride is good for the first 20km, after which an additional per-kilometre rate kicks in.

However, the offer doesn't apply to Garuda's other Australian ports of Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, where it's up to you to make your own way to the airport and back again.

Garuda's Brisbane flight will use Boeing 737-800 planes – smaller than the Airbus A330 jets which currently run from Sydney and Melbourne to Indonesia.

Business passengers can expect twelve reclining seats in a 2-2 layout, similar to what you might expect on an Australian domestic flight, at the pointy end of the plane.

In economy, you'll find the usual 3-3 layout throughout the rest of the cabin.

"As we re-introduce non-stop services from Brisbane to Denpasar, we want to offer our passengers the opportunity to enjoy premium travel from door to door" said Bagus Y. Siregar, Vice-President for Garuda Indonesia Australia.

"Executive Class passengers will enjoy a reliable alternative to organising taxis to and from the airport. This will provide an added level of convenience for high end and corporate travellers who travel regularly."

Garuda's new Boeing 777 Kangaroo Route

Later this year Garuda will launch its own take on the Kangaroo Route between Australia and London, with a stopover in Jakarta.

The flights will commence on November 2nd and feature Garuda's new Boeing 777-300ER jet with an all-new First Class cabin plus fully lie-flat Executive business class and economy class.

Photo Gallery: Garuda's new Boeing 777 first class suites, business class seats 

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

01 Dec 2012

Total posts 47

2-2 layout in business, yes, but considerably more legroom and recline than Australian domestic 737s,. Plus all Garuda international 737s have reasonable AVOD via a pull-up screen. Economy has seat back video similar to newer Qantas 737s. Quite comfortable in either class.

24 May 2013

Total posts 1

Garuda are short changing Brisbane with their decision to place 737-800's on that sector. Their Business product into Sydney is excellent -A330 ,, flat bed seats, dedicated Bus class cabin. Truely a pleasant experience which leaves QF for dead. On the other hand, their 737's offer an economy style Bus class seat with moderate recline and curtain seperation from the economy cabin. Absolutely no cabin ambiance what so ever. I fly Y class, Jakarta - Taipei on Garuda's 737-800's (over night flight) and find it impossible to sleep. In fact, I can't wait to get off!! Don't fall for the free limmo ride Brisbane. It ain't worth it.

09 Sep 2012

Total posts 139

Not likely. As long as the usual pampered pets are looked after all will continue unchanged in Australian RPT aviation.

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