In a bid to enhance service quality and provide better value for customers, Garuda Indonesia and Singapore Airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), represented by President Director & CEO Garuda Indonesia, Emirsyah Satar and CEO of Singapore Airlines, Chew Choon Seng at the Hotel Grand Hyatt, on June 20, 2008.

The signed agreement covered code-share agreements, marketing and promotion activities to enhance traffic between the two countries, sales, network development and other forms of co-operations.

On the code-sharing Denpasar – Singapore route, Singapore Airlines operates a Boeing 777-200 in which Garuda Indonesia will be allocated with 50 seats per flight sector. The route from Singapore to Denpasar will be served by SQ944/GA 9985, departing from Singapore at 13.10 local time and arriving in Denpasar at 15.40 local time. On the return flight, SQ 945/GA9984 leaves Denpasar at 16.40 local time and arrives in Singapore at 19.10 local time. In the first stage of the MoU, both airlines agreed to begin code-sharing on the Denpasar – Singapore (vv) route as of August 1, 2008. Flying once a day, Singapore Airlines acts as the operating party (the airline flying the route), Garuda Indonesia as the marketing party, sells seat based on agreed allocations. In the next stage, both airlines will act as ‘operating party’ and ‘marketing party’.

In the partnership, both airlines also agree on a Special Prorate Agreement (SPA) for the Jakarta to Singapore sector which will be served by Garuda Indonesia, and further, beyond Singapore – to destinations in Europe, China, India, Japan or Africa, vv, served by Singapore Airlines.

According to Emirsyah Satar, this new partnership offers customers a wider choice of service, as well as greater travel facilities and comfort.

Meanwhile, of the MoU, Chew Choon Seng shares his hopes for an increase in traffic between the two countries, and hopefully other forms of co-operations in the near future.source :


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