Garuda Indonesia has a very eclectic and perhaps even a controversial reputation. It has undergone numerous upheavals, even faced an all-out ban. It is a flag-ship carrier for Indonesia but in an industry where reputation can make or break you, Garuda Indonesia has struggled for many years to make it through.It has reached its level of success though, emerging through a string of controversies with renewed determination to maintain excellence.
The company has rather noble roots. It began during the time of Indonesia’s War for Independence from the Dutch. There’s a wonderful story about how the people of Aceh contributed from their own pockets and raised around 120,000 Malayan dollars to purchase an aircraft for Garuda. The said aircraft was aptly named Seulawah, which meant Gold Mountain in Acehnese.