Citilink is a low-cost airline headquartered in Jakarta, Indonesia. It was established in 2001 as a low-cost brand of Garuda Indonesia, set up to operate shuttle services between Indonesian cities. Since 30 July 2012, Citilink has officially operated as a separate subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia, operating with its own callsign, airline codes, logo and uniform. Its main base is Soekarno–Hatta International Airport and Juanda International Airport.
|Commenced operations||16 July 2001|
|Secondary hubs||Kualanamu International Airport|
|Frequent-flyer program||Supergreen GarudaMiles|
|Company slogan||Better fly, Citilink|
|Parent company||Garuda Indonesia|
|Key people||Juliandra Nurtjahjo (CEO)|
|Operating income||US$76.03 million (2016)|
|Net income||US$9.96 million (2016)|
Garuda Indonesia established Citilink as a low-cost brand in 2001 and operations commenced on 16 July that year with two Fokker F28 Fellowships transferred from the mainline fleet. Initial operations were from Surabaya on the island of Java to destinations not served by Garuda Indonesia's mainline fleet: Yogyakarta (also on Java); Balikpapan on the island of Borneo and Tarakan, North Kalimantan, just off Borneo's coast; and Makassar on the island of Sulawesi. By the end of 2001 Garuda had transferred five F28s to Citilink. In 2004 Citilink was serving ten destinations and Garuda began to replace the F28s with Boeing 737-300s. In 2008 Garuda temporarily suspended operations of Citilink, relaunching the brand in January 2009 after replacing the remaining Fokker F28s with more modern aircraft. In July 2010 Citilink operations were being conducted by two Boeing 737-300s and a Boeing 737-400.
Spinoff and expansion plansEdit
In May 2011 Garuda announced plans for a spin-off of Citilink. The new business plan was for Citilink to become a separate business entity in the first quarter of 2012 with a full brand overhaul for the airline, including a new livery design; new website; a new cabin interior design and cabin crew uniforms; and new advertising and marketing strategies. An integral part of this plan was for Citilink to secure 25 new Airbus A320s and utilising these new and more economical aircraft to expand into a significant regional low-cost carrier with the anticipation that by 2015, Citilink would contribute 30 percent of Garuda Indonesia's revenue.
After obtaining an Air Operator's Certificate in August 2012, Citilink had carried 8 million passengers by the end of 2013 and was running at a load factor of 85 percent and an On Time Arrival rate of 87 percent. In May 2015 the airline's fleet consisted of four Boeing 737-300s, four Boeing 737-500s and thirty-four Airbus A320s.
As of May 2019, Citilink operates the following aircraft:
|Airbus A320-200||43||—||180||Older leased A320s are to be retired and replaced by A320neos|
PK-GQI in retro livery
PK-GLZ in tiket.com livery
|Airbus A320neo||8||27||180||PK-GTF in 50th A320 livery|
|ATR 72-600||4||—||70||Transferred from Garuda Indonesia|
|Boeing 737-500||2||—||96||Used for backup and charter service|
On 9 August 2011, Garuda Indonesia finalised an order for 25 Airbus A320 aircraft with options for 25 more, making the airline a new customer for the Airbus single aisle aircraft type. The order consisted of 15 Airbus A320s and 10 Airbus A320neos, with five aircraft expected to be delivered each year between 2014 and 2018. The fleet upgrade program was valued at around $2.13 billion.
By late 2011, Garuda Indonesia was seeking more used A320s in preparation for the launch of proposed international Citilink services in 2012.
In December 2012, Citilink placed an order for 25 ATR 72-600s with options for 25 more. This was Citilink's first direct order to a manufacturer. A direct order for 25 additional A320neos followed in January 2013, bringing up the total order to 35.
Citilink's first A320, a second-hand aircraft, arrived in late June 2011 and entered into service on 16 September 2011, linking Jakarta with Balikpapan, Banjarmasin and Medan.
Citilink aircraft cabins have standard configuration of 180 seats. In July 2018, Citilink introduced "Green Zone" programme. Seats on the first five rows and emergency window exit rows are named green seats, while the rest are named regular seats. Passengers wanting to book or request a green seat or specific regular seat during booking or check-in will be charged for a certain fee. Additional benefits include free snacks, drinks, and insurance.
Internet in the airEdit
On January 16, 2019 Citilink became the first Low Cost Carrier in Asia Pacific which offer Wi-Fi at 35,000 feet above ground for free use GX System Aviation. The first flight with the connectivity feature flew the QG684 on the Jakarta to Denpasar route.
Accidents and incidentsEdit
On 28 December 2016, a video taken by a passenger aboard Citilink Flight 800, a flight from Juanda International Airport in Surabaya to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta went viral after it purportedly showed a drunk pilot making a "bizarre announcement" before take off. Several passengers immediately reported the incident to the airline's headquarters. The crew of the flight quickly removed the drunk pilot from the cockpit. Due to the incident, the flight was delayed for an hour.
Citilink immediately took action by sacking the pilot involved in the incident and issuing letters of apology to affected passengers. As the video went viral, the incident brought negative scrutiny on the already reeling Indonesian aviation industry, sparking massive public outcry. The incident was widely reported in the media, with several international news organizations covering the incident. The Indonesian Transport Ministry apologized publicly to the Indonesian people due to the incident. The ministry later added that the pilot had undergone drug testing, conducted by the Indonesian National Narcotic Agency.
Another video, captured from cameras at the airport security checkpoint, later surfaced and went viral. The video showed the drunk pilot becoming jittery and even nearly losing his balance during the security check. Police investigated the video, resulting in the Indonesian Transport Ministry sending Citilink its very first warning.
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