Garuda Indonesia to join Skyteam alliance

16 Dec 2013 by GrahamSmith

Garuda Indonesia is to formally enter the Skyteam alliance in spring 2014.

The carrier will become Skyteam's second member in south-east Asia, after Vietnam Airlines, when it joins on March 5.

Garuda currently flies to six Skyteam hubs — Seoul, Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei and Amsterdam. It is also due to start flights from Gatwick to Jakarta in May 2014 (see news, October 29).

Michael Wisbrun, Skyteam's managing director, said: "Garuda is on target to meet all the membership criteria required by Skyteam, including implementing a new IT platform and customer-focused initiatives."

Garuda CEO Emirsyah Satar added: "Joining Skyteam marks another significant milestone in the company's development, as we are now entering the stage of being a global player.

"This is part of our strategy to extend our network worldwide while at the same time improving our service."

Rob Gill

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