Garuda Indonesia is one of Asia’s best airlines and part of the few that are certified five-stars for the service and products, both on the ground and in the air. And with a first class seat that’s more than just average, Garuda Indonesia business class is also a great option for those traveling to and from Asia. Moreover, the airline made it to the top 10 list of this year’s Best Business Class in the World, which takes into consideration all aspects of the premium cabin including dining, service, seat and amenities. So if you have yet to fly on Garuda Indonesia in business class, here’s what awaits for you onboard.
Garuda Indonesia’s business class is available on a variety of aircraft including the Boeing 777 and A330, both of which are lie-flat, and also on the Boeing 737, which only offers a recline. For the purpose of this article, we’ll focus on the Boeing 777 (the A330 has a similar product).
If you’re familiar with the Garuda Indonesia brand, you may know that they have a cool palette, which includes blue, grey and purple. However, when you step onboard the aircraft you’ll quickly realize the cabin consists of a cool grey and red—a bit of a dull combination for a five-star airline—combined with a few light wood finishings.
The Boeing 777-300ER has a total of 42 business class seats in a 1-2-1 layout that alternates. For instance, the individual seats on the sides alternate from one being closer to the window and one being closer to the aisle. The seats in the middle section also alternate from two being close together (perfect for couples or those traveling together) and two that are farther apart (ideal for solo travelers who are not able to snag a window seat).
The Garuda Indonesia business class seat measures 19-inches wide and has a seat pitch of 73-inches, which is a bit smaller compared to other business class seats like those found on American Airlines, Air New Zealand, LATAM or EVA.
The business class cabin is split into two with 10 seats located right behind first class and the remainder 32 are behind the galley. If you’re looking for a more private setting, try to select one of the seats in rows 6, 7 or 8 with row 8 having only two seats on opposite ends—these are the most private of them all.
When it comes down to it, Garuda Indonesia business class is equipped with all the basic necessities such as an adjustable reading light, magazine holder next to the reading light, seat controls with a massage function next to the armrest with three preset buttons and separate buttons for adjusting your seat to the position that’s the most comfortable. There’s a smaller storage compartment below the controls that can only fit a few loose items such as keys or pocket change, two USB ports and one AC outlet, three-prong headphone jack, tray table that folds from the seat in front of you (somewhat of small size), and a 15-inch entertainment screen. There’s an additional open storage space underneath the ottoman in front of you, but as overall stowage space goes, there’s not much to it.
All Garuda Indonesia business class passengers receive slippers, full-size pillow, large duvet, and an amenity kit with Clarins products. Unfortunately, it’s not the best amenity you can get in business class, but it does have all the basics such as body lotion, face cream and lip balm by Clarins, toothbrush, toothpaste, earplugs, eye mask and a foldable hairbrush. Where the kit fails, the meals succeed. Garuda Indonesia does offer delicious, multi-course dishes prepared by an onboard chef with options ranging from Asian and Western to ones that are fused for the best of both worlds.
Overall, the Garuda Indonesia business class experience is decent—you won’t be disappointed. If you’re considering flying Garuda Indonesia in business class, we would love to hear about your journey.
For the full tour of Garuda Indonesia business class, preview the video below, courtesy of Garuda Indonesia.