PT Garuda Indonesia, publicly known as Garuda Indonesia, is the flag carrier of Indonesia. It is named after the mythical giant bird Garuda of Hinduism and Buddhist mythology. The airline’s main hub is Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. The airline flies to a number of destinations in Southeast Asia, East Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Australia. The airline is the 20th member of the global airline alliance SkyTeam.
1949 is generally recognized as the airline’s founding year, at which time the airline was known as Garuda Indonesian Airways. After concentrating on domestic and regional services, the first flights to Europe were added in 1963 to Amsterdam. In 2001, Garuda established a low-cost subsidiary, CitiLink, to provide shuttle services between Indonesian cities. In June 2007, the EU banned Garuda Indonesia, along with all other Indonesian airlines, from flying into any European countries, following the crash of a Boeing 737-400 earlier that year. The ban was lifted in July 2009.