In December 2009, the fleet of the airline included 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 .
Officially established on 31 March 1950, Garuda actually operated its first flight a year before that on 26. January 1949. At this point the airline was called Indonesian Airways. After decades of initial success, when the airline was able to establish up a worldwide network of routes, Garuda was also affected by the Asian economic crisis and had to cut intercontinental flights from its timetable apart from those to Australia and those to Saudi Arabia during the Hajj.
Garuda currently serves over 40 destinations in the east Asian region and Australia. Destination airports are for example Bangkok, Beijing, Denpasar, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Osaka, Riyadh, Shanghai, Saigon, Sydney and Taipei.