Garuda Indonesia has started its new daily Jakarta-Doha service.

The SkyTeam carrier is deploying its two-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on the route, with 393 seats – 26 in 1-2-1 business class and 367 in 3-3-3 economy class.

Doha’s Hamad International airport (HIA) says that Garuda Indonesia complements its existing network in Southeast Asia through its national carrier Qatar Airways, which operates three daily flights to Jakarta, three daily flights to Bali, and three weekly flights to Medan.

The introduction of this new flight is expected to stimulate travel demand and bolster trade relationships between Qatar and Indonesia, which is poised to become the sixth-largest economy globally by 2027.

Garuda Indonesia joins Malaysia Airlines and Philippine Airlines as the third airline from Southeast Asia to operate at Hamad International airport, expanding connectivity between the region and Qatar.

“We are very pleased to be able to add Doha to our extensive global network. There are strong business, tourism, and cultural ties between Indonesia and Qatar, and we believe this new service will further boost those activities between the two countries while offering easier access for travelers from Qatar to Indonesia, which is now one of the fastest-growing economic centers in the world,” said Garuda Indonesia president and chief executive officer, Irfan Setiaputra.

“This new route marks a significant milestone for Garuda Indonesia, providing our passengers departing from Jakarta as the main hub of Indonesia with a convenient gateway to the largest city and financial hub in the Gulf area. This direct flight between Jakarta and Doha is also expected to attract Qatar tourists to explore other leading tourist destinations from Jakarta as the main gate to Indonesia’s exotic destinations.”