Garuda adds luxury seats; Cathay offering discounts; China Airlines expands flights

Garuda adds luxury seats

Garuda Indonesia presented the new Airbus A330-300 with “Super Diamond Seat” business class on Feb. 1. It also unveiled its 10th Boeing 777-300ER.

“We hope to offer more value to all of Garuda’s customers with these new additions to Garuda’s fleet, particularly the ‘Super Diamond Seat’ business class integrated with the ‘Garuda Indonesia Experience’ service concept, which will present a distinct service and comfort for business class passengers,” said M. Arif Wibowo, president and CEO of Garuda Indonesia, at an event in Hangar 4 of GMF AeroAsia, in West Jakarta’s Cengkareng.

Focused on enhancing both comfort and privacy, the “Super Diamond Seat” business class is equipped with new features in each seat. It has a one-two-one seat configuration so that each passenger is on the aisle; 16-inch LCD touch-screen Panasonic Ex3 in-flight entertainment equipped with a touch-screen handset/remote, double USB plug and power outlet; fully flat bed seat with adjustable arm-rests, head-rest, meal table and reading light; integrated baby bassinet stowage and new mini bar display.

The Airbus A330-300 with “Super Diamond Seat” business class is the first of four Airbus A330-300s that will be delivered in 2016, while the Boeing 777-300ER is the last delivery of the ten B777-300ERs ordered by Garuda in 2013.

The airline will get four new ATR72-600 and eight new Airbus A320s by the end of the year.

Cathay offering discounts

Cathay Pacific and its partner airline Dragonair are giving away 10 percent discount coupons to passengers transiting through Hong Kong from Japan.

The coupons are available upon request when checking in from the Cathay Pacific or Dragonair counters at Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports, as well as airports in Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sapporo, Okinawa and Hiroshima.

Each passenger is eligible for one coupon. Valid until June 30, the coupons can be used in stores and restaurants in Hong Kong International Airport.

For a list of participating stores and details on the coupon, please visit Cathay Pacific’s website.

New China Airlines flights

China Airlines will add two weekly flights between Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, and Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport from March 21.

Flight CI279 departs Takamatsu airport on Mondays and Fridays at 11:35 a.m., arriving in Taoyuan at 1:15 p.m. On the return, CI278 departs Taoyuan at 7:00 a.m., arriving in Takamatsu at 10:35 a.m.

On March 21 and 25, the flights will arrive and depart 15 minutes earlier.

In addition to the new flights, the airline will change its existing schedule. Effective March 27, CI179 will depart Takamatsu at 7:05 p.m., arriving in Taoyuan at 8:45 p.m. On the return, CI178 departs Taoyuan at 2:30 p.m. and arrives in Takamatsu at 6:05 p.m.

The flights will take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays and weekends.