Garuda Indonesia will begin direct flights from London's Heathrow Airport to Jakarta on March 31, ceasing the current stop-over in Amsterdam and also shifting from London's Gatwick Airport in favour of the Heathrow hub.
However, there'll now be stop-over in Singapore on the outbound Jakarta-London leg instead of flying that leg direct.
It's understood this is due to the inability of the runways at Jakarta's Soekarno–Hatta International Airport to handle the Boeing 777-300ER when fully laden with fuel, necessitating that fuel-stop in Singapore.
As part of the move, the Indonesian flag carrier and SkyTeam member will boost the Jakarta-London flights to run five times per week, up from the current three-day roster, with departures every day except Mondays and Garuda Indonesia's flagship Boeing 777-300ER boasts eight first class suites. The suites are arranged in a 1-2-1 layout – the middle pair have a slide-up screen for privacy if you're flying solo, but it also makes for a good companion arrangement when you're travelling with a companion.
There are also 38 ‘Executive Class’ business class seats and 268 economy seats in a 3-3-3 layout.