Rajawali Nusantara Airlines celebrate its humble 1st Anniversary in the mystical island paradise of God. The venue is Garuda Wisnu Kencana, the iconic landmark of Bali, a 60 ha area of cultural park located in Ungasan, Bali, approximately 15 minutes driving from I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS/WADD).
The park, boasting one of the largest artistic masterpiece and most astonishing works of arts ever created, has been transformed into a gigantic outdoor dining space, complete with glamorous lighting to create unprecedented ambiance for the occasion.
VVIP guest list include Indonesian Minister of Transportation, 36 Ambassadors from the airline international destinations, executive for aircraft manufacturers, Boeing, Embraer and engine manufacturer, Globe Alliance airline members executives, Partner agents and travel journalist. The airline allocate two of its Boeing 787-8 including one in private configuration and one in special anniversary livery, four Boeing 737-700ERs and four Embraer E195 AR to transport VVIP and guests. Accommodation is provided at The Mulia, Westin Nusa Dua, and a number of other luxury hotel in Nusa Dua area.
"On behalf of the government and people of Indonesia, we would like to congratulate Rajawali Nusantara of its 1st Anniversary. We are extremely proud of what the airline has achieve in just one year after its foundation. Keep flying ever higher, take us to more destination and bring people of the world to our wonderful Indonesia," said Ignasius Jonan, Minister of Transportation, Republic of Indonesia.
"As aircraft manufacturer, Boeing is extremely happy to see the success of one of our customer. Happy 1st Anniversary and with you more successful flight into the future. We are waiting for more orders on our best-selling aircraft, Boeing 737 and Boeing 787, and we certainly have 777 and 747 on offer should you want bigger toys," said Randy Tinseth, VP Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
"Congratulation of your 1st Anniversary from the people of Australia. We love to come to Bali, we love to come to Indonesia. We are happy to share the market share of air travel with our Indonesian counterpart. Hope we can maintain this good cooperation and increase the number of people travelling between the two countries," said H.E. Paul Grigson, Australian Ambassador to Indonesia.
"Thank you your excellencies, dignitary and distinguished guest, for coming to our 1st Anniversary Celebration, here in Bali. When the government approach me with a task of managing the privatized state-owned flag carrier, I was initially hesitate as it's no doubt an enormous and almost impossible. How to turn a struggling carrier, with a 5 decades huge debts, operational losses that constantly eating its assets, big workforce and unproductive assets. But then my passion in aviation conquer my doubts and now I am happy to see the progress the airline has achieved.
In a year we have turn around the ailing flag carrier. From 100s unproductive airplanes, we now have more than 500 airplanes flying more than 80% full to 100 destinations. In a year we have carried almost 40 million passengers, launched 6 subsidiaries, established a successful global alliance, expanded our home base with superior terminal, and last but not least, the news just coming in, we are finally Skytrax 5 Stars Airlines. We are grateful for the support of the people of Indonesia and our international passengers, the Governments of Indonesia and foreign countries that allow us to serve their airport, the aircraft and engine manufacturers and the entire supply chain that have provide us with superior airplanes to fly our passengers, the airline partners and agents partners that helps us unparalleled network, and all our employee that have work hard to see this day coming. We still have a lot to do, the airline has big potential yet to be unleashed. Our celebration in Bali is a hint where we are heading after this, watch us, this is just the beginning," said Revan Amadeus, Group CEO of Rajawali.