#MeettheMembers: Garuda Indonesia
@Garuda.Indonesia’s aviation history began in January 1949, with the name “Indonesian Airways”. In December of that year, a DC-3 aircraft painted with a “Garuda Indonesian Airways” logo flew from Jakarta to Yogyakarta to pick up President Soekarno. This was the very first flight made under the name of Garuda Indonesian Airways.
The name “Garuda” was given President Soekarno, which he quoted from a Dutch poem composed by a popular poets that time, Noto Soeroto; “Ik ben Garuda, Vishnoe’s vogel, die zijn vleugels uitslaat hoog bovine uw einladen”, meaning “I am Garuda, Vishnoe’s bird which spread its wing high above your archipelago”. A year later, in 1950, Garuda Indonesia officially became a state owned company, and in March 2014, we welcomed Garuda Indonesia to the SkyTeam Alliance.
In 1965, Garuda Indonesia made its first flight to Europe. Any guesses which European destination that was?