Indonesian carrier Citilink – the low-cost arm of Garuda Indonesia – is to start long-haul routes to Frankfurt and Jeddah from Jakarta.
The carrier will utilise Airbus A330neo aircraft on the new links, via parent company which is yet to receive from Airbus.
Citilink chief executive officer, Juliandra Nurtjahjo said: “Frankfurt and Jeddah are potential destinations that will be developed. We will introduce the inaugural flights in October and December.”
Citilink also plans to expand its route network to several Australian cities and Vietnam, pending approval for its flight permits to both countries. The LCC already flies to Penang and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Phnom Penh in Cambodia and Kunming in China.
Garuda Indonesia, the parent company of Citilink, will transfer some of the A330-900 orders to its low-cost subsidiary. The carrier ordered the A330neo aircraft back in April of 2016 when the airline replaced its older order of seven Airbus A330 to the A330neo and opted-in for seven more aircraft of the same type.
The Citilink move into long-haul routes could be a risk as Garuda Indonesia announced a net loss $116 million for the first half of the last fiscal year. It is yet to announce its full-year results but has is cutting costs to reduce its losses and return to profitability. Citilink itself posted losses in 2014, 2016 and 2017.