Etihad Airways today signed a new codeshare agreement with Garuda Indonesia.
In the first phase of the partnership, which comes into effect on 28 October 2012, Etihad will place its ‘EY’ code on Garuda’s Jakarta-Bali and Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur services. Subject to regulatory approval, Garuda will also place its ‘GA’ code on Etihad’s flights from Jakarta to up to 31 destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America, via Abu Dhabi.
The airlines also plan to expand the scope of the agreement to include more destinations in future, and other benefits such as frequent flyer programme reciprocity and airport lounge access.
“The partnership with Garuda Indonesia will contribute to Etihad Airways achieving its goal of expanding its network and brand presence in Southeast Asia,” said James Hogan, Etihad’s President & CEO.
“Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation, is an important source of global tourism growth and this new agreement will position both airlines to benefit from the strong demand for travel between Indonesia and the Middle East and Europe that we have seen in recent years.
“Etihad Airways is keen to expand the scope of cooperation with Garuda Indonesia to include new destinations – particularly in Indonesia – and to offer our guests a wider choice of travel options,” he added.
Emirsyah Satar, President & CEO of Garuda Indonesia, also welcomed the new partnership.
“This codeshare partnership between Garuda Indonesia and Etihad Airways will further strengthen the global network of both airlines and provide increased benefits to all our passengers,” Satar said.
“Through this partnership, Garuda Indonesia will be able to extend its service to Europe, North America, Middle East and Africa, and Etihad Airways will provide more convenient connections for their passengers in Indonesia, Australia and Japan.”
The codeshare flights are already on sale for travel from 28 October 2012.