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Emirates signs Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Garuda Indonesia

Emirates has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Garuda Indonesia to establish a codeshare partnership between both airlines.

The new partnership allows passengers of Emirates and Garuda Indonesia to enjoy easy connectivity on new routes across the Americas, Middle East, Africa and Europe. Emirates and Garuda Indonesia, in addition to expanding the breadth of each airline’s networks, with travel made possible on a single ticket, will also explore opportunities to cooperate on their respective frequent flyer programmes, to enable passengers of both airlines to earn and redeem loyalty points for reward tickets, upgrades and other benefits.

Adnan Kazim, Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates, said:

We are pleased to forge a codeshare partnership with Garuda Indonesia to provide our customers with access to additional destinations in Indonesia and which also allows them to enjoy seamless and convenient connectivity to eight domestic destinations to and from Dubai and to our global network through Jakarta, and three destinations through Denpasar. Indonesia is an important market for Emirates and our partnership with Garuda Indonesia is testament to Emirates’ commitment to continuously strengthen our network, and complement our offering. Through the expanded, combined network of both airlines, we are able to offer our customers a more seamless experience through check-in, bag check and boarding on every leg of their journey, all with a single ticket. We look forward to working with Garuda Indonesia and nurturing the relationship to bring more valuable benefits to our customers and their travel experience.

Subject to required regulatory approvals, the codeshare agreement is expected to come into effect from January 2022, with passenger benefits to include easy booking, ticketing, one baggage policy and check-through to the final destination in addition to travel benefits across 18 routes on both airlines’ networks.

Irfan Setiaputra, President & CEO, Garuda Indonesia, said:

We are delighted to announce our partnership with Emirates that gives their inbound passengers seamless access to top travel destinations in Indonesia connected by Garuda’s domestic network. Outbound Garuda passengers will also benefit from this partnership as it gives them access to a wider range of destinations served by Emirates. This partnership is timely as countries are expected to start to reopen their borders for international flights and ease their travel restrictions. It will also help open up many opportunities for Indonesia’s trade and tourism activities.

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As part of the codeshare agreement, passengers travelling on Emirates will be able to connect to and from Denpasar, Surabaya, Makassar, Balikpapan, Manado, Medan, Padang and Solo on flights operated by Garuda Indonesia from Jakarta, to Dubai and beyond with a single ticket. Additionally, routes directly connecting Denpasar with Surabaya and Makassar, will be available for passengers’ convenience. Tickets can be purchased online on Emirates’ website or through Emirates’ local sales offices and travel agents for travel starting from 2nd January 2022.

Garuda Indonesia will also add their marketing code to flights on eight routes, operated by Emirates, including between Dubai and Jakarta, Denpasar, Bahrain, Moscow, Johannesburg, Cairo, London and Manchester.

Emirates currently has codeshare cooperation agreements in place with 21 airline partners and two rail companies around the world. Additionally, Emirates also has interline cooperation agreements with over 115 airlines and rail companies.

Meanwhile, Emirates recently announced that it will launch nonstop flights to Tel Aviv in Israel.

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