The national carrier of Indonesia, Garuda Indonesia, made a formal request to start offering flights to LAX. This would be their first destination to a U.S. city in a long time. The planned launched date is in November of this year, though delays could certainly occur. Last August, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that its aviation safety performance meets international standards, and that paved the way for the airline to fly to the United States.

In the past, Garuda Indonesia has had a patchy aviation record, and the FAA actually took the airline's right away to fly into the country.

Garuda Indonesia hopes to operate 3 weekly flights between Jakarta's CGK and Los Angeles' LAX, via Tokyo's Narita Airport.

Garuda Indonesia is planning to use the Boeing 777-300ER, which offers a great First Class and Business Class experience. The airline hopes to eventually offer a daily flight - considering around 400,000 passengers fly between the U.S. and Indonesia per year, there is sure to be demand.

Garuda Indonesia has been busy adding other destinations as well. Last month, the airline announced plans to add a Jakarta-Moscow route, which will be served three times a week. The route is expected to start in August of this year.

While Garuda Indonesia may be a relatively unknown airline to many travelers in the U.S., it's one to be considered. It offers flights to over 130 destinations in 14 countries, including destinations in Asia, Australia and Europe.

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