GARUDA Indonesia will join SkyTeam in March 2014 as the airline alliance’s 20th international member and second South-east Asia member.
Garuda president and CEO, Emirsyah Satar, said: “Joining SkyTeam is a long-term development strategy for Garuda, and for years we have been upgrading our service and actively forging cooperation with SkyTeam member airlines with this objective in mind.
“As the first Indonesian airline to join this world-class alliance, our strategic target is to continuously strengthen profitability and boost international market competitiveness.”
SkyTeam managing director, Michael Wisbrun, commented: “Garuda Indonesia’s domestic and growing international network will give SkyTeam a footprint in Indonesia, as we strengthen our presence in the South-east Asia region.”
“Garuda has worked hard to meet the membership criteria required by SkyTeam, including implementing a new IT platform, and we look forward to welcoming the airline in March next year,” Wisbrun added.
Garuda already cooperates with SkyTeam airlines, such as Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines, China Southern Airlines and China Airlines.