On 26 January 1949, Garuda Indonesia was officially established as Indonesia’s government-owned flag carrier. To begin with, the airline focused on domestic and regional travel. However, in 1984, a massive reorganization led to Garuda offering international flights, which required the modernization of the entire fleet.
Over the years, the airline has faced many challenges including the effects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Bali bombings, the 2003 SARS epidemic and the COVID-19 pandemic. This book, fully illustrated with over 120 images, looks at Garuda’s turbulent history from its involvement in Indonesia’s post-war struggle for independence to the present day.