Garuda Indonesia joins SkyTeam Alliance, becomes 20th member
The China Post news staff
March 10, 2014, 12:10 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, has recently welcomed Garuda Indonesia as its 20th member and the second airline from Southeast Asia. Garuda's membership adds Jakarta as an alternative gateway to and from Southeast Asia, as well as 40 new destinations to SkyTeam's global network served uniquely by the alliance.
"Garuda's entry into the alliance will give its customers access to SkyTeam's 1,064 destinations, covering over 90 percent of the most relevant traffic flows in the world," said Michael Wisbrun, SkyTeam's Managing Director. "Garuda strengthens our presence throughout the Asia Pacific region for our 588 million global passengers."
"SkyTeam aims to boost its members' competitiveness by strengthening networks and hubs, enhancing its global footprint, improving customer experience and introducing innovative initiatives that enhance customer benefits, said Wisbrun.
"Today is a historic and momentous event for Garuda Indonesia as we are now officially becoming the 20th member of SkyTeam. For these past 3 years, Garuda Indonesia has been actively forging cooperation with the other 19 member airlines with this objective in mind, and it has been an incredible journey," said President & CEO of Garuda Indonesia, Emirsyah Satar. "Joining SkyTeam is part of Garuda Indonesia's progressive transformation program throughout all aspects of the company. This milestone marks a momentous occasion in our airline's 65-year history and we look forward to a future collaboration with our alliance partners."
"Garuda Indonesia is now able to offer customers global reach with a seamless and even more convenient travel experience, while at the same time establishing Indonesia firmly on the map of worldwide air travel. Moreover, becoming a member of SkyTeam will further strengthen Garuda Indonesia's reputation as a 'World-Class Airline,' and puts it on par with other leading global airlines. Garuda Indonesia is proud to connect SkyTeam's global extensive network to one of the largest economies in Southeast Asia via its hubs in Jakarta, Denpasar, Makassar, Medan, Surabaya and Balikpapan," said Satar.