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[Sundaytimes=Chris Lee reporter] Sony Syahlan, the General manager of Garuda Indonesia Korean branch, who likes Korean food and understands Korean culture and Korea a lot, expressed his desire to have a Korean image, to love Korea more than Koreans, and to have tourism in Indonesia and Korea become active.
Sony Syahlan, who has three children with his wife (Ibu Joice), have been appointed as the general manager of Korean branch a year and a half ago, likes Korean food, loves Korean culture, and also likes to socialize with Koreans.
"The most impressive thing in Korea is food, especially Soybean paste stew, Sundubu stew, and Galbi, we love Korean food. It has been 29 years since Garuda flew to Korea. It will mark the 30th anniversary next year, and it has been a long-term relationship with Korea. And due to deep understanding of Koreans, Korean food is being offered in-flight meals in Garuda Indonesia.” said Sony Syahlan, the General manager of Garuda Indonesia Korean branch.
There is also a Garuda Oriental Hollidays, which holds a 50 percent stake in Garuda Indonesia. Garuda Oriental Hollidays is a travel agency that provides services for people who come to Korea from Indonesia and deals only with tickets at Garuda Indonesia. For now, we will also sell Bali Unlimited Golf Packages for golf lovers who want to go to Bali from Korea."
Sony Syahlan, the General manager of Garuda Indonesia Korean branch, explained that it had previously handled direct immigration procedures on-board of Garuda Indonesia, saying, "In the past, we had to deal directly on-board (in flight) due to the lack of staff on arrival time, which made it inconvenient for travelers to get through the airport, but now we have enough immigration staffs, so we hope that we will be able to make on-board immigration as convenient as we did before in the year 2019."
"If there is a difference and special choice of Garuda Indonesia, the aircraft of Garuda Indonesia has been very new (less than five years) and SKYTRAX, the world's largest airport and the airline's service assessment site, selected the Five-star Airlines, Garuda Indonesia has been included in TOP10. He also added that Garuda Indonesia won the best flight attendant award in the world for five years from 2014 to 2018 and economy seat was recognized as the top priority for two years.
As Garuda Indonesia is advancing overseas, its Japanese branch is becoming the center of Southeast Asia. However, China is not under Japanese control anymore because its branch is independent and grown a lot now, but Korea is still under Japanese control.
In response, Sony Syahlan, the General manager of Garuda Indonesia Korean branch said, "In the past, Japanese branch was in charge of China and Korean branch. However, the Chinese branch gained its independence, and I think the Korean branch will grow into an independent branch near future. And opening new office in Busan, the second largest city in Korea, is my new goal in 2019 and I hope to open a new route between Korea and Indonesia through the Busan office such as Busan–Jakarta and Busan-Surabaya."
Surabaya is the second largest city in Indonesia, which is similar with Korea's second largest city, just like Busan. It hopes to open direct flights between the city and Busan, South Korea. This will help Korea and Indonesia to promote the tourism industry.
"Our goal is to expand our flights to other countries around the world through Korean branches in 2019," he said. "We aim to launch flights to LA and San Francisco in the U.S. by 2019. In particular, a new model will be introduced starting from 2019. "I think the size of the new Boeing 777-300 will be much bigger since it will be introduced and operated with a new model," he said. "The Airbus 330-300 will have 24 business seats and 263 economy seats, while the Boeing 777-300 will provide a much more comfortable rest with 26 business and 367 economy seats.
Sony Syahran, the General manager of Garuda Indonesia Korean branch, has served four years in Korea. "I want to stay in Korea for a long time and finish what I've been doing for a long time," he said. Especially, I want to fill a total of four years. "I think it is possible for me to pursue and dream about my two-year term in Korea," he said. "It is true that I want to stay in this beautiful country. I want to see the future of Garuda Airlines, which is expanding through Korea to the world by working for a longer period of time in Korea. However, it is our headquarters` choice that matters when it comes to personnel management, so we have to follow the company`s decision to appoint personnel."
Prior to coming to Korea, he worked at the Padang office in Indonesia, said Sony Syahlan, the General manager of Garuda Indonesia Korean branch, who said, "If you go to Jakarta, you can visit Bali and many tourist resorts in Indonesia." "If Korean tourists visit Indonesia, they will be able to enjoy a comfortable trip and rest with Garuda Indonesia," he said. "When Koreans visit Indonesia, I would like to recommend Manado and Labuan Bajo.” Manado is famous for scuba diving, which takes about two hours by plane from Jakarta, and Labuan Bajo is a two-hour and a half flight from Jakarta. You can see Komodo Dragon in Komodo Island and People can Scuba diving with Manta rays in Labuan Bajo.
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