Indonesia-Japan Routes: The Sky Signature


More Flight, More Frequent


JAL at Narita to Jakarta



Well, I started from how this connection begun. Indonesia, particularly Jakarta point had officially served flight to Japan in 1962 operated by Garuda Indonesia to Tokyo. Indonesia-Japan routes has passed the wave of change by number of flight or even stopping operation. Since the world of aviation is highly dependable to any certain both country circumstances as well as the business atmosphere and financial stability that of airlines.

Indonesia-Japan routes connected two cities in Indonesia (Jakarta and Bali) to three cities in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya). In addition Fukuoka was the former city signed the connection between two countries. Meanwhile Jakarta is the most attractive route to Tokyo , Denpasar Bali successfully attracts visitor from other cities in Japan such as Nagoya and Osaka including Tokyo as well.

Visitors from Indonesia to Japan or vice versa today have three choices of direct flight between two countries. They are served by Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, and All Nippon Airways (ANA). All of these three airlines play tight competition to attract passenger for Jakarta-Narita Tokyo routes though ANA ever experienced to stop its flight to Jakarta till reopened in January 7th 2011. Meanwhile Denpasar Bali-Japan routes are still played by single player, Garuda Indonesia to Narita Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya since withdrawing of JAL and ANA from God island.

JL 725/726 Jakarta-Narita Tokyo vv
Japan Airlines

Financial crisis suffering JAL also implicates to cutting its route to Indonesia. Denpasar Bali route has been suspended to connect Tokyo and Osaka as October 1st 2011. Fortunately Jakarta is still served by JAL till today. But the most surprising thing for me is that upon the elimination route to Bali, JAL striving to attract this only one route in Indonesia by operating its B777-300ER livery with a new freshly tag line "To the New Height of Luxury". This triggering ads has placed Jakarta together with three cities in US such New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles as barred on its official website.

I just got my fortune after few months this program run to fly with JAL to Narita Tokyo (here). I realized this aircraft has been developed its range. The Economy class set at the upper end the narrowed body. Reaching my seat took times passing over executive seasons and premium economy class. Meanwhile first class is set the front-most within the cabin.
All Nippon Airways (ANA)

Though ANA has just involved in this sector not long time since its withdrawing, but it seems ANA successfully attracts visitor since it (mostly) states lower price than JAL ones. Jakarta-Tokyo sector is operated with B767, however I highly expect ANA will soon replace that kind of livery with its B787-Dreamliner. It sounds fascinating I guess. But Denpasar Bali route has not opened yet. I just do hope ANA will come back again to God island as Ngurah Rai Airport accomplished its new terminal for booming tourism in the island.
Garuda Indonesia

By the most upcoming year 2012 it will be the 50th year of Garuda Indonesia retains its existence in Japan. Bali is the the major hub of Garuda to fly passenger to Japan. In fact, Japan is the most potential destination for Garuda which can be seen by number of flight and cities served by this national airliners. The Garuda Experience quantum leap program has given wider opportunity, by April 2012 GIA will soon launched its Tokyo-Haneda route from Denpasar Bali. In terms of focus city, Denpasar is more promising than Jakarta for passengers in this route since Bali is the key of Indonesia tourism. In addition, passenger from Japan who wish to go to Australia can fly with Garuda with stopover in Bali.
Future Opportunity


These three airlines are good and more than adequate. Denpasar is promising for Tourism meanwhile Jakarta is more attractive for business purpose. The Indonesia growing economy is expected to enliven more and more aviation world particularly Indonesia-Japan sector since the two countries are bonded in very attractive investment. Seems, there is other airlines having soon operated between this route. I just hear Lion Air master plan route will include Japan as their destination. This most growing budget airlines has just made an surprising transformation by becoming the most B737-900ER user. If Lion Air will play its business into Japan sector, there must be very competitive choice. Who knows?


3 Response to Indonesia-Japan Routes: The Sky Signature

January 7, 2012 at 3:31 PM

I wish you a good health, great friends, excellent marks, much pleasure, many interesting discoveries and encounters as well ass a lot of blogging this year ( and after):).

January 7, 2012 at 3:32 PM

OMG - not ass, but as (yeap, dyslexia indeed :()

January 8, 2012 at 7:32 AM

Thank you very much Colson, it's a pleasure for me you always come by and sharing :)

Have a great day there too!

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