Garuda to join SkyTeam Alliance

Last updated: November 20, 2010

Garuda Indonesia to sign onto membership of the Skyteam international airline network alliance.

National carrier Garuda Indonesia will on November 23rd 2010 sign an agreement with international airline alliance Skyteam.

SkyTeam is based at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands, and was founded in 2000 by Aeroméxico, Air France, Delta Air Lines and Korean Air. It has grown to become the second largest airline alliance in the world in passenger number terms and members, behind Star Alliance but ahead of Oneworld.

Its current full membership is:

  • Aerosoft
  • Aeromexico
  • AirEuropa
  • Air France
  • KLM
  • Alitalia
  • China Southern
  • Czech Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • Kenya Airways
  • Korean Air
  • TAROM (Romanian Air Transport)
  • Vietnam Airlines

The president director of Garuda Indonesia, Emirsyah Satar, enthused about the prospect of joining:

It will mean that our passengers will be able to fly anywhere with just one joint ticket.

Taiwan’s China Airlines and the mainland’s China Eastern Airlines will also become new members of Skyteam; these two airlines signed agreements with Skyteam earlier this year, and it is expected that they will have fulfilled the full membership criteria by mid to late 2011. Based on this timeframe, it is likely that Garuda Indonesia will become a full member of SkyTeam in early 2012.

One Comment on “Garuda to join SkyTeam Alliance”

  1. Hans says:

    wonder if this means that Garuda Takes responsibility for the passengers like Lufthansa do. that they pay for delays and cancellations related to that we miss the next aircraft.

    will I be able to order travel all the way from Gothenburg to Malang.
    This has actually worked in the past also, the problem was that the ticket from Jakarta to Surabaya and Malang were damn expensive, around 2 Milijon which I saw as ridiculous.

    Last time we flew home, ther where no airplane arrived in Malang it was landing in Surabaya which meant we missed the flight to Jakarta. which cost me 10 milijoner. from my own wallet.

    Swedish insurance company was referring to the airlines’ international agreements, which usually says that the one causing the problem also is responsible for all costs.
    If we had a flat tire on the car that take us to the air port and missed the aircraft, then the insurance had paid all my expenses.

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