Garuda Indonesia was officially declared a five-star airline by Skytrax on Thursday in London along with other prominent carriers such as Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Qatar Airways, Asiana Airlines, All Nippon Airways and Hainan Airlines.
Skytrax is a global airline review and ranking consultant that conducts annual surveys in 410 airports worldwide.
According to Skytrax CEO Edward Plaisted, the rating was given based on Garuda's general excellence in in-flight service, as well as its services on the ground at the airport.
"The fact that the majority of Garuda's passengers travel in economy class shows its excellent standard in quality as well as consistency, and this contributed a lot to our audit result," said Plaisted.
The five-star rating is understood also to have taken into account Garuda's plans to increase its service in 2015 by transferring its operations to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport's Terminal 3 to offer a more convenient experience for passengers. The national flag carrier also plans to increase its fleet to 194 aircraft with an average age below five years.
Following a shareholder meeting (RUPS) on Friday, Garuda Indonesia has also announced that M. Arif Wibowo will replaced Emirsyah Satar as the airline's president director.
Emirsyah has resigned from his top post at Garuda, three months before he was due to end his term in March of next year.