Garuda Indonesia and Etihad Airways on Thursday officially announced that they have entered a codeshare agreement that would allow the two companies to help mutually develop their destinations and expand their network.
Under the agreement, Garuda will become Etihad’s partner in expanding its eastern-bound destinations, while the airline from the United Arab Emirates would help the Indonesian flag carrier to develop its western-bound termini, a Garuda statement said.
The signing of the agreement, which took place at Etihad headquarters in Abu Dhabi, was a follow up to an memorandum of understanding previously issued in September.
It covered “Passenger Codeshare, cargo cooperation, airport service enhancement, engineering and maintenance, lounge services and Frequent Flyer Programs.”
“Of course, this cooperation will result in added value for passengers of both airlines, especially in facilitating flights to destination cities served by the two airlines,” Garuda president Emirsyah Satar said.
The codeshare agreement will take effect on Oct. 28.
Emirsyah noted that Garuda passengers will be connected to more than 80 destinations in 50 countries served by Etihad. James Hogan, Etihad president and CEO, said that the agreement was an important part of the airline’s network development strategy.
Garuda Indonesia will also become a “marketing party” and can sell flight tickets to more than 27 Etihad destinations through Abu Dhabi while Etihad Airways will also do the same for Garuda destinations in Asia, Australia, Japan and Indonesia.
In line with the agreement, starting on Dec. 2, Garuda Indonesia will also change its four-times-a-week flights between Jakarta and Amsterdam to go through Abu Dhabi instead of Dubai.