Emirates and Garuda Indonesia have signed a memorandum of understanding on codeshare covering both carriers, and opportunities to cooperate on each other’s frequent flyer programs. This makes Emirates the second United Arab Emirates-based carrier Garuda is codesharing with, after Etihad Airways in 2013.
Emirates says it will codeshare on Garuda-operated flights to eight Indonesian destinations departing out of Jakarta and Denpasar. As for Garuda, it will codeshare Emirates-operated flights to eight destinations in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, as well as on the Dubai-Jakarta route.
The codeshare agreement is expected to take effect from January 2022, subject to the required regulatory approvals. In addition to codeshares, both carriers will look at opportunities to cooperate on their respective frequent flyer programs, to allow the earning and redemption of loyalty points.
“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,” says Emirates’ chief commercial officer Adnan Kazim.
“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,” says Garuda Indonesia’s president and chief executive Irfan Setiaputra.
Garuda’s website shows Jeddah and Madinah are the only Middle Eastern destinations it flies to, and that Amsterdam is the only European destination it now serves. Garuda announced in June that it would reduce its fleet by half, notably the widebody fleet. It was also considering cutting back its orders for nine Airbus A330-900 and four -800s..