Abu Dhabi’s flag carrier, Etihad Airways, has signed a code sharing agreement with Garuda Indonesia, local media reported on Thursday.
The agreement will come into effect on October 28 and is the airlines’ 42nd code sharing contract, Gulf News said.
Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan, said the codeshare with Garuda Indonesia was key to the airline’s network development strategy.
“The partnership with Garuda Indonesia will contribute to Etihad Airways achieving its goal of expanding its network and brand presence in South East Asia,” he said.
“Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation, is an important source of global tourism growth and this new agreement will position both airlines to benefit from the strong demand for travel between Indonesia and the Middle East and Europe that we have seen in recent years.”
Both airlines plan to expand the scope of the agreement to include more destinations in each other’s network. There are also plans to offer customer benefits such as frequent flyer program reciprocity and airport lounge access.
The Etihad representative believes “it will also stimulate trade in foodstuffs, manufactured goods and other commodities between Indonesia and trading partners in the western hemisphere which, in turn, will contribute to the profitability of the airlines’ cargo operations on the route.”
President and CEO of Garuda Indonesia, Emirsyah Satar, said “through this partnership, Garuda Indonesia will be able to extend its service to Europe, North America, Middle East and Africa, and Etihad Airways will provide more convenient connections for their passengers in Indonesia, Australia and Japan.”