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Source: Garuda Indonesia Group
SkyTeam Announces Garuda Indonesia's Date of Joining
20th member sets alliance on course for growth in Asia Pacific region in March 2014

AMSTERDAM, Dec 16, 2013 - (ACN Newswire) - SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, will welcome Garuda Indonesia as its 20th member on March 5, 2014. The national airline of Indonesia, Garuda will become SkyTeam's second member from Southeast Asia.

Garuda's membership of SkyTeam will facilitate travel to Indonesia - Southeast Asia's largest economy - for customers around the world. Garuda operates nonstop flights from Jakarta, the nation's capital and financial center, to seven SkyTeam hubs: Seoul, Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei and Amsterdam.

"SkyTeam brings more than 1,020 global destinations to Garuda customers. In addition to an extensive network, dedicated services such as SkyPriority and access to over 530 lounges will be amongst the benefits that Garuda customers will gain from being part of the SkyTeam alliance," said Michael Wisbrun, SkyTeam's managing director. "Garuda is on target to meet all the membership criteria required by SkyTeam, including implementing a new IT platform and customer-focused initiatives. We look forward to welcoming the airline on 5 March next year."

Garuda Indonesia's President & CEO, Emirsyah Satar, expressed his gratitude to SkyTeam and all of the member airlines for all the support given to the airline thus far. Joining SkyTeam is a long-term development strategy for Garuda Indonesia, as planned in the airline's strategic expansion program "Quantum Leap 2011 - 2015", and Garuda has been upgrading its service and actively forging cooperation with SkyTeam member airlines with this objective in mind.

"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 by facilitating a seamless and more convenient travel experience for our customers," said Satar.

About SkyTeam

SkyTeam is a global airline alliance providing customers from member airlines access to an extensive global network with more destinations, more frequencies and more connectivity. Passengers can earn and redeem Frequent Flyer Miles throughout the SkyTeam network. SkyTeam member airlines offer customers access to 525 lounges worldwide. The nineteen members are: Aeroflot, Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Kenya Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Airlines. SkyTeam offers its 552 million annual customers over 15,000 daily flights to 1,000 destinations in 187 countries. www.skyteam.com / www.facebook.com/skyteam / www.youtube.com/user/skyteam.


About Garuda Indonesia Group

Presenting a new level of service excellence in air travel, Garuda Indonesia, the national airline of Indonesia, seamlessly connects 83 destinations worldwide, including exotic locations across the beautiful archipelago of Indonesia. With more than 600 daily flights and a fleet of 196 aircrafts by January 2017, Garuda Indonesia proudly serves its passengers with the award-winning distinct service "Garuda Indonesia Experience", highlighting Indonesia's warm hospitality and rich diverse culture.

To provide better and more convenient services, Garuda Indonesia continuously strives through its ongoing transformation program. The progress of the transformation can be seen from the achievement of a Skytrax's 5-star Airline rating as well as the winning of the prestigious "The World's Best Cabin Crew" for four consecutive years in 2014 to 2017 and "The World's Most Loved Airline 2016", also from Skytrax. Please visit www.garuda-indonesia.com.

Contact:
SkyTeam
Corporate Communications
T: +31 20 333 3064
E: [email protected]

Garuda Indonesia
Pujobroto   
VP Corporate Communications
T: +62 21 2560 1068
E: [email protected]


Dec 16, 2013 22:39 HKT/SGT
Source: Garuda Indonesia Group

Topic: Production report
Sectors: Airlines, Travel & Tourism
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