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The name "Garuda" was given President Soekarno, which he quoted from a Dutch poem composed by a popular poets that time, Noto Soeroto; "Ik ben Garuda, Vishnoe's vogel, die zijn vleugels uitslaat hoog bovine uw einladen", meaning "I am Garuda, Vishnoe's bird which spread its wing high above your archipelago".
Following its maiden flight in 1949, Garuda Indonesia, previously named "Garuda Indonesian Airways", expanded its fleet. The service began with a Douglas DC-3 Dakota and a PBY Catalina.
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Since its establishment in the midst of time when Indonesia struggled for independence, the brand of Garuda Indonesia has been continuously updated.
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Garuda Indonesia has successfully managed the period of “on the brink of failure” to "success" in era of 2006-2010.
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