Garuda Indonesia Announces First Airbus A330neo Flights To Bali

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Garuda Indonesia is to commence flights from London to Bali using the Airbus A330neo. The new engine option version of the A330 should begin the route from late October.

Garuda Indonesia, Airbus A330neo, London Bali
Garuda Indonesia will operate its new Airbus A330neos between London and Bali. Photo: Airbus

Garuda Indonesia has featured in Simple Flying’s coverage quite a bit over the past year, in particular in regards to its route between Jakarta and London. In fact, this route has been altered more times than we can count over recent months. Now, the carrier has announced that an Airbus A330neo will replace the Airbus A330-200 currently operating the route between London and Denpasar. The route includes a stop in Kualanamu International Airport.

The A330neo’s schedule

Fancy flying on Garuda Indonesia’s Airbus A330neo? Well, if you’re planning to head to Bali after late October, then you could be in luck. According to Routes Online, Garuda Indonesia will start operating the Airbus A330neo on this route from the 29th of October 2019.

As reported by Routes, the schedule the aircraft type will operate looks like this:

  • GA086 will depart Denpasar (DPS) at 07:20. After a short flight, it will touch down at Kualanamu International Airport (KNO) at 10:25.
  • After 1-hour 30-minutes on the ground, GA086 will depart again at 11:55. It will then fly to London Heathrow (LHR) for a 19:00 arrival.
  • GA087 departs from Heathrow at 20:45 after 1-hour 45-minutes on the ground. It is then due to touch down at Kualanamu International at 16:05 the next day.
  • Following another hour and a half on the ground, the flight is due to resume at 17:35. It will finally touch down in Denpasar at 22:00.
Garuda Indonesia, Airbus A330neo, London Bali
The route from London to Bali. Image: GCMaps

Flights will depart Denpasar and London on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. A single aircraft rotation from Denpasar to London and back again will take just under 39 hours. Only one aircraft is needed to maintain the schedule.

About the Airbus A330neo

The Airbus A330neo is the latest iteration of the Airbus A330 family. neo stands for new engine option. There are two versions of the aircraft; the Airbus A330-800 and the Airbus A330-900. While the -900 has sold relatively well, its sister the -800 hasn’t.

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Garuda Indonesia, Airbus A330neo, London Bali
Garuda Indonesia’s Airbus A330neo will replace its A330-200 on the route. Photo: Aero Icarus via Wikimedia

Garuda Indonesia has 14 A330-900 aircraft on order. According to Airbus, none had been delivered at the end of July. In August it was revealed that the airline has submitted a letter of intent for four Airbus A330-800 aircraft. The letter was revealed in the carrier’s Q2 financial report. Garuda’s existing A330-900 order replaced a previous order for seven A330-300 aircraft according to Airbus.

Want to see what unboxing a brand new Airbus A330 looks like? Luckily Simple Flying’s Nick Cummins was on hand to witness the delivery of Hi Fly’s first A330-900 yesterday.

Will you be flying to Bali on Garuda’s new Airbus A330neo? Let us know in the comments!

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The schedule information in this article was originally published by Routes Online.

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