Garuda Indonesia Colours Magazine March 2019 - Page 142

140 History of Garuda Indonesia TRACING GARUDA INDONESIA’S HISTORICAL JAPAN CONNECTION 1 2 3 4 This month, Garuda Indonesia is celebrating the 57 th anniversary of its inaugural flight to Japan. On March 13, 1962, Garuda Indonesia (GA), then named Garuda Indonesian Airways (GIA), landed for the first time in Haneda Airport, Tokyo, with a Lockheed L-188 Electra. At the time, the 100-passenger- capacity aircraft was the first commercial turboprop aircraft, equipped with the most advanced technology. Three senior pilots with GIA were given the task of leading the service: Capt. A. Muthalib (Head of Operations Department), Capt. Juliman Repon (Head of Maps Department) and Capt. Roekanto Jokomono (Head of Flight Supervision). Cabin crew members donned an army-inspired uniform in shades of blue – the second army- inspired uniform for Garuda Indonesia, created at the height of the euphoria surrounding Indonesia’s independence. Garuda Indonesia continues to operate flights departing from both Jakarta and Denpasar to destinations in Japan. The Jakarta–Tokyo route was the start of a new chapter in the history of Indonesian aviation. It preceded other GIA services around the world, such as the airline’s routes to Europe, where it covered Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris and other cities. The inaugural Jakarta–Tokyo flight in 1962 has increased economic cooperation and strengthened cultural cooperation between Indonesia and Japan. Despite the closure of several of its services, Garuda Indonesia plans to reopen flights for Jakarta– Nagoya on March 23, 2019, which will be served four times weekly on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The routes will utilise the airline’s dual-class Airbus A330, comprising Economy and Business classes. In the 1990s, Garuda Indonesia expanded its Japan network. Aside from Tokyo, the airline began connecting Indonesia with other cities, namely Osaka, Fukuoka and Nagoya. At the same time, in addition to Jakarta, Garuda Indonesia also increased its destinations by opening direct flights from Japan to Denpasar; the city was selected due to Bali being a favorite holiday destination for the Japanese market. To this day, From business and tourism perspectives, Nagoya is a potential market for Garuda Indonesia. The reopening of this route emphasises the airline’s commitment to expanding its international network, especially through the expansion of its flight capacity and the utilisation of Garuda Indonesia’s aircraft on prospective routes. Tepat pada bulan ini, tertanggal 13 Maret 1962 merupakan tahun ke-57 penerbangan Garuda Indonesia (GA) ke Jepang. Saat itu, Garuda Indonesia yang masih bernama “Garuda Indonesian Airways” (GIA) untuk pertama kalinya mendarat di Bandar Udara Haneda, Tokyo, Jepang, dengan pesawat Lockheed L-188 Electra. Pesawat dengan kapasitas 100 penumpang tersebut merupakan pesawat turboprop komersial pertama yang memiliki teknologi canggih di masa itu. Pesawat GIA ini diterbangkan oleh tiga pilot senior, yaitu Capt. A. Muthalib (Head of Operations