In December 2009, the airline's fleet consisted of 6 Airbus A330-300, 14 Boeing 737-300, 20 Boeing 737-400, 5 Boeing 737-500, 15 Boeing 737-800 and 3 Boeing 747-400.
Garuda Indonesia was officially established on 31 March 1950. However, its first flight took off a year before that on 26. January 1949 under the original name of Indonesian Airways. After the first few successful decades during which the airline was able to build up a network of routes worldwide, the airline was hit by the Asian economic crisis and forced to cut all intercontinental flights from its regular schedule apart from those to Australia and those to Saudi Arabia during the Hajj.
Garuda currently flies to more than 40 destinations in the east Asian region and Australia. Destinations include Bangkok, Beijing, Denpasar, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Osaka, Riyadh, Shanghai, Saigon, Sydney and Taipei.