Friday, February 13, 2009

Garuda Indonesia and China Airlines increase the cooperation

Garuda Indonesia

Garuda Indonesia airlines and Taiwan's China Airlines to increase the passenger and cargo cooperation by signing the memorandum of understanding (MoU) by the President & CEO Garuda Indonesia, Emirsyah Satar, and President of China Airlines, Huang-Hsiang Sun, Thursday (12/2/2009) afternoon at the Conrad Hotel, Bali. The cooperation between Garuda Indonesia-China Airlines is the enhanced codeshare route Jakarta-Taipe from 30 seats to 60 seats and the Taipei-Denpasar route of 45 seats to be 90 seats. All flights are conducted by China Airlines with using the Airbus A330 aircraft and Boeing 737-400. Frequency of both routes are one flight per day.

Besides codeshare, cooperation also approved special prorate agreement (SPA) for the canal routes, either from Taipei with China Airlines' plane, to or from Jakarta and Denpasar with Garuda Indonesia's plane. In this year also will sound out the cooperation for cargo transportation route Surabaya - Taipei through Singapore and / or through Hong Kong. Cooperation is expected in August could have been done.

The cooperation of Garuda Indonesia with China Airlines actually already started since 1991 for the codeshare route Jakarta-Taipei (PP) and in 1995 for the route Denpasar-Taipei. According Emirsyah Satar, the passenger and cargo market route from Taiwan to Indonesia, is very large. "Exceed 650,000 passengers per year," he said. Emir ensure that this cooperation will continue until the time is not certain. "Even if later on Garuda will have their own plane and fly to (Taipei), this cooperation will not be stopped because the market is very big," he added. 

According to Executive Vice President (EVP) Commerce Garuda Indonesia, Agus Priyanto, as the result of this cooperation in year 2008, Garuda Indonesia get the income up to 7 million U.S. dollars. "At this year's projected increase in value to more than 10 million U.S. dollars," he said. Overall, the Garuda Indonesia income from various cooperation with many other airlines in 2008 reached 20 million U.S. dollars. Projected income in 2009 for this same work more than 30 million U.S. dollars.

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