Garuda to fly ‘direct’ to Heathrow from Jakarta

Travel News 01 Feb 2016

Garuda Indonesia will begin direct flights from London's Heathrow Airport to Jakarta on March 31, ceasing 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.

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 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 companion.

There are also 38 ‘Executive Class’ business class seats and 268 economy seats in a 3-3-3 layout.

Garuda’s Boeing 777-300ER boasts wireless Internet and live TV including English Premier League matches.