Garuda Indonesia Launches London to Bali Direct Flights

In an exciting follow up to our last rumor article, will there ever be London to Bali direct flights, it seems that Garuda took note and is now launching… London to Bali direct flights!

However… there is something rather bizarre going on… there appear to be no return flights from Bali.

The new direct route will link the cosmopolitan capital to the mystical island of Bali, previously reached by a multitude of different transfers and airport hubs.

Talk about life imitating art!

What are the details of London to Bali?

Starting from January 22nd, 2019 (yes that soon), Garuda Indonesia will be operating a non-stop direct one-way route from London Heathrow to Bali. The route will operate three times a week (Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays).

The route will be flown from 10 PM to 9 AM London to Bali (Overnight) and will take around 15 hours and 20 minutes.

Bali to London
The route will span most of the world, 8,168 miles. This places it as a contender for the list of super long flights.

You might be wondering how Garuda managed to get Heathrow slots so quickly. Well, this new route comes at a cost of the London Heathrow to Jakarta route.

It’s a little strange that they are canceling the route to the Indonesian capital and replacing it with a link to a popular tourist destination, but perhaps this gamble will really pay off in a big way.

The route will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, with only two classes on board. This means that passengers will either be flying in Economy or Business Class.

Garuda Indonesia business class on the 777-300ER

But wait, how do we get home?

This is where the story takes a very strange twist. As we mentioned before, this flight is only one way and does not include Bali to London flights.

Being trapped in Bali doesn’t seem too bad.

So how do the passengers get home?

It seems Garuda will be operating a direct return service from Jakarta back to London. The flight leaves at mid-day local time (from Jakarta) or just past 9 am Bali time and arrives back in London at 8 pm. To ferry passengers between the two locations, Bali and Jakarta, any round trip includes a ferry flight on a Boeing 737.

The route information when booking a return fare. Notice the layover in Jakarta. Source: One Mile At A Time.

The flight is super quick to hop between the two islands, however, it seems strange to include an extra step. One has to wonder why they don’t just use the same 777-300ER that took the passengers there. I mean, what happens to the 777-300ER? Does it just teleport? Why fly it empty, or if it’s being used by other passengers, why not include these passengers on it?

Just might strange and fits into the mold that is mysterious Bali!

Will you be doing this flight? Let us know in the comments below.