New and Smooth

Last updated: December 30, 2012
Garuda Indonesia logo

Chris flies on Garuda’s newest plane: the Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen.

Garuda Indonesia recently added a new model to its fleet of aircraft:

Garuda Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen
the Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen

Garuda New RoutesThey are flying on Garuda’s new domestic routes: Surabaya to Lombok and Surabaya to Semarang (right), plus other shorter flights.

The author recently flew on this new plane; his review is below:

  1. This plane is really quiet
    There was no clearly discernible increase in engine volume before take-off. With engines at the rear, it may have an advantage over other aircraft in this area… but engine noise was minimal even when standing at the rear of the plane.
  2. This plane is smooth
    The only bumps and thumps came from the runway during take off and landing, not from turbulence or other factors. This was a late afternoon flight during the wet season – not usually the best time to fly for favourable weather conditions. As you can see below, it had rained earlier in the day.
  3. Garuda Bombardier CRJ1000 Exterior

  4. Garuda Bombardier CRJ1000 Economy Class CabinThis plane is comfortable
    It is appropriate that the plane looks like a supersized Lear Jet, because the cabin is surprisingly nice, even in economy class (right). Legroom is adequate, although perhaps in Business Class it may be below expectations. Boarding is not as comfortable; as the plane is too short for an airbridge, you still need to go downstairs from the departure gate to a bus, which will deliver you to the jet. At least there are not so many steps up from the tarmac to the door as larger aircraft.

In summary, the author was very impressed with the new Garuda Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen. It appears to be a suitable addition to the Garuda Indonesia fleet, giving it an advantage for shorter flights over Garuda’s larger Boeing 737 aircraft, as well as its rivals.

To conclude, here is a comparison with its nearest competitor, the ATR72-500 operated by Wings Air:

Airline Garuda Indonesia logo Wings Air logo
Aircraft Model Bombardier
CRJ1000 NextGen
ATR
72-500
Made in Canada France and Italy
No. passengers 96 68
Baggage
allowance
20 kg 15 kg
In-flight
service
Snack (cake and roll),
cup of water
Nil
In-flight
entertainment
Nil Nil
Engine type Jet
(faster)
Turoprop/propellor
(slower)

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3 Comments on “New and Smooth”

  1. avatar Lito Deocampo says:

    Congratulation to Garuda Indonesia airline:

    Your new plane Bombardier CRJ 1000 is a beautiful plane looking at the picture.
    From now on, I will fly Garuda Indonesia because the plane is new, fast and safe.

    Best Regards,
    M. Deocampo

  2. avatar Maddi says:

    I just flew with that plane around half an hour ago. Impressed with the plane I was looking for information and stumbled on this site. I confirm what is written here. It is not rainy season now but it rained when I arrived from Surabaya.

  3. avatar Maddi says:

    I arrived in Lombok from Surabaya that was.

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