First class seating will soon be returning to Garuda Indonesia’s flights to Tokyo as the airline begins deploying its three-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on select services to Tokyo Haneda Airport from October 29.
Seats are currently listed as being available to book on six flights per week on its daily GA874/GA875 service, according to the airline’s official website. Only Sunday (Jakarta-Tokyo) and Monday (Tokyo-Jakarta) flights will not offer first class seating.
First class will be available on the following flights:
|GA874||Jakarta (CGK)||Tokyo (HND)||2350||0850+1||Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat|
|GA875||Tokyo (HND)||Jakarta (CGK)||1145||1715||Wed, Sat|
|1145||1730||Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun|
At the time of writing, return first class fares on the route from the end of October begin at IDR55,993,000 (US$3,688), including taxes and fees.
Garuda Indonesia configures its 777-300ERs in two formats – one with three classes and another with just two. The three-cabin setup includes eight first class seats laid out in two rows with a 1-2-1 layout, 38 business class seats also in a 1-2-1 configuration and 268 economy class seats laid out nine across (3-3-3).
Fans of Garuda’s first class product may be aware that the airline scaled back its most premium cabin class last October, with its services to Tokyo and Amsterdam notably losing the first class offering.
That left its London Heathrow flights as the only long-haul service offering first class seating, until back in August when it emerged that the airline would be dropping its non-stop service to London altogether on October 28. This will leave Amsterdam as the airline’s lone non-stop destination in Europe, with travellers to and from London required to transit through the Dutch capital.
Unlike its Tokyo service, however, Garuda’s Amsterdam flights do not appear to be getting first class back.
The development is also good news for travellers flying with Japan Airlines, which is due to begin codesharing on a number of routes with Garuda Indonesia from October 28 onwards. This notably includes Japan Airlines placing its code on the Indonesian carrier’s Jakarta-Tokyo Haneda service.