Garuda Indonesia is another carrier focusing on a better premium class international experience. With its main hub out of Jakarta, Garuda Indonesia is named in Skytrax's top 10 airlines of the world and given the recent award of Best Flight Crew. They are a Skyteam member, however do not fly to North America at this time. They do provide connections for Skyteam flights within the Asian region and has flights to Europe as well.
Garuda Indonesia Premium Class
Newly installed on select 777's flying to Europe, Oceania and and Asia, Garuda Indonesia presents a beautiful first class cabin. Coined their "Quantum Leap" program this upgrade includes new ground personalized service along with the new cabin. With Garuda Indonesia being a Skyteam member first class is not available with Delta Skymiles, so another Skyteam member would have to be used or you can transfer through Citi. The problem is getting a reward ticket on Garuda has been reported as being a trying experience. Nonetheless it's a nice product.
Flying Garuda Indonesia in business class on a connection is certainly possibly, especially if your destination is Jakarta. Three products are offered. One on the 777 and two on their A330's.
The 777 seat is the Stelia Solstys and it's in the same family as business class seats used by Alitalia, China Southern and Etihad among others. The width is 21.2 inches and goes lie flat. The arrangement is 1x2x1. They use the older eX2 Panasonic IFE system with a 15 inch touch screen.
The A330s are getting an upgrade. Currently the A330 fleet has the B/E Aerospace Diamond product in a 2x2x2 configuration. The upgrade is B/E Aerospace's Super Diamond seat offering all aisle access. This is the same type seat seen in Qatar's award winning A350/B787 business class cabin. It will be installed on Garuda's new A330 aircraft.
You can tell if your aircraft has this seat if 24 business class seats are shown as these are in a 1x2x1 configuration. Currently only four aircraft have this seat.
images courtesy of Garuda Indonesia
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