Denpasar, May 10, 2012. In effort to develop the flight network of both airlines, and to improve the quality of services and the added value to the customers, PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk and China Airlines signs the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Thursday (5/10) in Denpasar, Bali. The agreement was signed by the President and CEO of PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk, Emirsyah Satar, and President of Avhina Airlines, Huang-Hsiang Sun at Conrad Hotel, Denpasar.
The Mou covers the cooperation in several aspects such as code-share commercial cooperation on passenger and cargo transportation.
President and CEO of PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk Emirsyah Satar states that apart from the development of Garuda Indonesia flight network, this agreement is also intended to offer various choices and make it easier to travel to destinations provided by Garuda Indonesia and China Airlines. “This agreement will obviously strengthen the previous agreements between Garuda Indonesia and China Airlines,” Emirsyah continues.
Meanwhile, President of China Airlines Huang-Hsiang Sun also says that through this agreement, both Garuda Indonesia and China Airlines will improve the quality of their services to the customers and open doors to the development of both companies in the future. “Besides, the success of Garuda Indonesia in terms of transformation also shows its readiness to join us in SkyTea,” Huang-Hsiang Sun elaborates.
The code-share agreement between Garuda Indonesia and China Airlines applies on routes of Taipei – Jakarta – Taipei, Taipei – Denpasar – Taipei, and Taipei – Singapore – Surabaya vv. In the future, this agreement will be developed in order to add more destinations such as Los Angeles, San Fransisco and Dubai.
Garuda Indonesia and China Airlines have previously signed an agreement on passenger and cargo code-share. In the code-share agreement, China Airlines acts as the ‘operating party’ (airline company that flies the routes) while Garuda Indonesia acts as the ‘marketing party’ (airline company that sells a certain number of seats). Meanwhile, through the agreement of “Frequent Flyer Program Relationship”, China Airlines has become the first partner of Garuda Indonesia in terms of mileage redemption between airline companies.
Garuda Indonesia, the flag carrier, flies to 32 domestic routes and 18 international routes. As a follow-up of the fleet development program, Garuda Indonesia will acquire four B737-800NG aircrafts, two A330-200 aircrafts, ten A320 for Citilink and five sub-100-seated Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen aircrafts in 2012. It means that in 2012, Garuda will have 21 new aircrafts. Also, in 2012, the total number of Garuda Indonesia Armada will reach 105 aircrafts with average age of 5.8 years old. Through the Quantum Leap Program, Garuda Indonesia will operate 194 aircrafts by 2015.
In line with the potential improvement of international market, Garuda will open new route from Denpasar to Haneda (Tokyo) per April 27, 2012 and from Jakarta to Taipei per May 24, 2012.
Since established in 1959, China Airlines has been the biggest airline company in Taiwan and is one of the leading airline companies in Asia. China Airlines flies to 100 destinations in 28 countries and regions all over the world, connecting Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania, boasting the safe and comfortable service for the customers.
China Airlines became one of 15 alliance members of SkyTeam in 2011. Today, China Airlines operates 71 aircrafts: 50 passenger aircrafts and 20 cargo aircrafts. China Airlines plans to receive the reserved 14 aircrafts type A350-900 in 2015.
For more detailed information, please contact:
Pujobroto, Corporate Communications Garuda Indonesia
Charlotte Chang, Media Affairs China Airlines