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Jakarta Post

With a touch down in Amsterdam, Garuda enters a new era

  • Primastuti Handayani

    The Jakarta Post

Amsterdam   /   Sun, June 6 2010   /  10:04 am

With a six-year flying ban to Europe finally lifted, national carrier Garuda Indonesia relaunched its Jakarta to Amsterdam direct service this week, inviting government officials, legislators, businesspeople and journalists on the voyage that marked the beginning of a new era for the airline. For captain pilot Ari Sapari, who flow the GA088 Jakarta to Amsterdam flight on June 1, the event was a proud moment. β€œIt brought back memories of when I flew Garuda before we stopped the operation six years ago,” he said. When the Airbus A330-200 touched down at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, the passengers on board applauded the flight deck for a smooth landing. Excitement turned to outright delight when two fire trucks from the local fire brigade began showering the aircraft with water β€” a ritual at the airport when an airline makes its maiden arrival there. Ari, an executive vice president...