Garuda Indonesia, Singapore Airlines sign journey-sharing pact

Monday, June 23, 2008, 18:30 by Aviation Correspondent

Garuda Indonesia, the national airline of Indonesia, and Singapore Airlines (SIA), the national airline of Singapore, have signed an agreement on code-sharing, joint marketing and other arrangements aimed at enhancing traffic between Indonesia and Singapore. The memorandum of understanding was signed by Emirsyah Satar, president-director CEO of Garuda Indonesia, and Chew Choon Seng, CEO of Singapore Airlines.

Garuda Indonesia, wholly owned by the Indonesian government, is based in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, and has hubs at Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali, Juanda International Airport, Surabaya, Polonia International Airport, Medan, Sepinggan International Airport, Balikpapan, and Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore. The airline flies to a number of destinations in the South-East and East Asia regions and the Middle East.

Singapore Airlines Limited operates a hub at Changi Airport, Singapore, and has a strong presence in the Southeast Asia, East Asia and South Asia. It also operates trans-Pacific flights, including two of the world’s longest non-stop commercial flights from Singapore to Newark (New Jersey) and Los Angeles (California).

At present, Garuda Indonesia operates 11 flights a week on the Denpasar-Singapore route, while Singapore Airlines operates 8 flights a week.

Garuda will also benefit from a special arrangement on ticket rates – called the special prorate agreement (SPA) – for flights between Indonesia and Singapore that continue to Europe, China, India, Japan, the United States or South-east Asia.

As per the SPA, Singapore Airlines is entitled to flights between Singapore and Indonesia that continue to Australia or north Asia.

In the first stage of the agreement, both airlines will start code-sharing on the Denpasar-Singapore route from August 1, 2008. Singapore Airlines will operate the Denpasar-Singapore by flying once a day, while Garuda Indonesia, as the marketing party, will sell seat based on agreed allocations.

In the next stage, both airlines will act as ‘operating party’ and ‘marketing party.’

On the code-sharing Denpasar-Singapore route, Singapore Airlines operates a Boeing 777-200 in which Garuda Indonesia will be given 50 seats per flight sector.

The route from Singapore to Denpasar, the capital city of the province of Bali in Indonesia, 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.

A statement issued by Garuda Indonesia said: “The new partnership offers customers a wider choice of service and greater travel facilities and comfort as well as prospects for increase in traffic between the two countries, and other forms of co-operations in the near future.”

Garuda Indonesia registered a 7% increase in the number of passengers in the first quarter of 2008 compared to the same period a year ago.