Garuda Indonesia has officially become a member of the SkyTeam Alliance.
The Indonesian national carrier is SkyTeam’s 20th global member and its second in Southeast Asia, following Vietnam Airlines. It will add 40 new destinations to the alliance’s global network.
“Garuda’s entry into the alliance will give its customers access to SkyTeam’s 1,064 destinations that cover more than 90% of the most relevant traffic flows in the world,” said Michael Wisbrun, SkyTeam’s managing director. “Garuda strengthens our presence throughout the Asia Pacific region.”
Garuda currently flies to 64 destinations in 12 countries, including 40 domestic hubs, from its bases in Jakarta, Denpasar, Makassar, Medan, Surabaya and Balikpapan. It is also in the process of expanding its operations in Europe, with flights to London due to commence in May.
“Today is a significant and historic event for Garuda Indonesia as we officially become the 20th member of SkyTeam,” said Garuda’s president & CEO, Emirsyah Satar. “This milestone marks a momentous occasion in our airline’s 65-year history and we look forward to future collaboration with our alliance partners.”
The addition of Garuda expands SkyTeam’s total network to 15,723 daily departures from 1,064 airports in 178 countries. It will carry a combined total of approximately 588 million passengers aboard a fleet of 2,963 aircraft.
Other key members of the alliance include Delta Air Lines, Air France, KLM, Korean Air, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Aeroflot.