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...And we're not talking in-flight food, but off-flight food.
Did you know that in-flight entertainment systems can be more than just an avenue for catching up on episodes of 30 Rock or Gossip Girl? Well, on Garuda Indonesia, there's heaps of information in a very well stocked seatback TV.
When we perused the offerings to watch some television on a recent Garuda flight, we found more than just Bahasa-language sitcoms. Since we don't speak enough of the language to even get one wise-crack, we opted to go deeper into the pages and pages designed to keep passengers happy until final approach.
With world airlines dropping like flies, it's an absolute pleasure to bring you good news about the introduction of a new airline. These fresh birds come from Asia. No surprise there as the region seems like a hot bed of activity for new and emerging airlines.
Indonesia will welcome Pacific Royale Airways to airports in Southeast Asia. The new full-service airline takes off in less than a monthfirst flights departing in March. Starting with a small fleet of 4 aircraft, the airline will fill a much needed gap in business travel across Southeast Asia. The flag-carrier, Garuda, being the sole full-service airline of the densely populated nation, Pacific Royale adds more competition by offering a comparable additional option.
Airlines coming out of Indonesia don't exactly hold the best safety reputationseven the large national airline Garuda gets its bumps and scrapes in the headlines far too often, and you might remember that the European Union, which is a bit fussy about unsafe airlines, banned every single Indonesian airline in the middle of 2007.
Things are looking a little bit better than they have in the past. The EU has just lifted the bans on four of the airlines (including Garuda) and that's inspired the Indonesian government to throw a bit more money and attention at airline safety.
The Indonesian transport minister says his goal is to get all Indonesian airlines off the blacklist by the end of the year, and he's had this smart idea about recruiting more aircraft inspectors and aviation safety managers. Hopefully this means it won't be long until we can get more cheap flights to island paradise Bali and even expect to get there and back safely.
· Indonesia Aviation to Improve Safety Image [Business Traveller]
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