Garuda Indonesia "The Trans-Pacific" | DPS-BIK-HNL-LAX


Good day, during the mid 1980s and early 1990s, Garuda Indonesia had opened the Jakarta - Los Angeles route with 3 stops. Those stop over includes; Denpasar (WADD) - Biak (WABB) - Honolulu (PHNL), and Los Angeles (KLAX). Biak was designated as a refueling stopover before flying the Trans-Pacific leg. In 1993, Garuda flew four times a week to Honolulu and Los Angeles with their Boeing 747-200 Combi and McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30. I don’t want to go from Jakarta (WIII) because the route to WADD is quite frequent and sounds a bit boring. So I jumped right in, starting with WADD.

I like the old-school routes, which moreover require a lot of stopovers to get to the main destination, I think this is interesting, because besides the plane being used at that time is still quite old school, the impression of “old-fashioned” is felt. Unfortunately, due to the 1998 monetary crisis, this route was forced to be closed. For the aircraft used is McDonnell Douglas MD-11. Until now, there is no information on Garuda’s flights to Los Angeles.

Here’s a re-enactment of this golden route that I did on an infinite flight, Enjoy…

Leg 1: Denpasar Ngurah Rai - Biak Frans Kaisiepo (WADD - WABB)

Leg 2: Biak Frans Kaisiepo - Honolulu Daniel K. Inouye Int’ (WABB - PHNL)

Leg 3: Honolulu - Los Angeles (PHNL - KLAX)

Have you heard of or know of this route before?
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