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  • Apr 14, 2011
Garuda is actually "is a large mythical bird or bird-like creature that appears in both Hindu and Buddhist mythology". The Indonesian government named the national carrier after the mythical bird. Garuda services mainly domestic market and also Asian countries like Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, China and uses mostly Airbus aircrafts for international flights.

Clearly, the airline does not have as good a reputation as its neighboring airline, Singapore Airline. However, the pilots of Garuda are well trained in familiar terrains and navigates better than any other foreign airlines when it comes to the domestic routes. A Silk Air flight to Sumatra once crashed while on the same route less than an hour later, the Garuda flight landed safely!

I've taken Garuda Indonesia a few times in my younger days and have always been impressed with the skill of its pilots who managed to touch down the aircraft nicely without a big bang like some in the US do! Having said that, many foreigners don't have confidence in this airline though.
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PT (Persero) Garuda Indonesia is the national airline of Indonesia. It is named after the mythical bird Garuda. It is headquartered atSoekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang.[1]

In Indian Vedic tradition, Garuda is the carrier of the Hindu god Vishnu; a representation of Garuda appears in the coat of arms of Indonesia. The airline is based in Jakarta at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, with hubs at Ngurah Rai International AirportBali, and Singapore Changi AirportSingapore[2][3] The airline flies to a number of destinations in South-East,East Asia, the Middle East and Australia. It also previously flew to several destinations in Europe and North America. From June 2007 to July 2009, Garuda, along with all Indonesian airlines, was banned from flying to the EU.[4] However, this ban has been lifted since July 2009.[5]

Garuda Indonesia is listed as a 4-star airline by Skytrax, and is also listed among Skytrax's Quality Approved Airlines.[6] It is wholly owned by the Indonesian Government and employs 6,285 staff (at March 2007). 
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