ANA, Japan's leading airline group, and Garuda, the national carrier of Indonesia, today announced a comprehensive partnership under which the two airlines will code-share on flights between the two countries and will allow passengers to be able to collect and redeem miles on Frequent Flyer Program of both airlines.
The partnership, which will enhance passenger choice and frequency of services, was announced at a ceremony in Jakarta, Indonesia attended by Osamu Shinobe, President and CEO of ANA, and Emirsyab Satar, President and CEO of Garuda Indonesia.
From March 30, 2014, ANA will operate new route between Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Jakarta Airport, followed by Garuda opening the same route from first semester 2014.
These new flights will increase the number of weekly flights operated by the two carriers between Japan and Indonesia to 53 - comprising 14 ANA flights and 39 Garuda Indonesia flights.
Both airlines will be providing improved and expanded customer service concurrent with this agreement and network expansion.
ANA and Garuda will allocate code share flight numbers to flights between Japan and Indonesia operated by each airline.
Passengers on ANA flights arriving in Jakarta will be able to travel on to maximum of 10 Indonesian routes such as Jogjakarta or Denpasar on code share flights operated by Garuda Indonesia while passengers on Garuda Indonesia flights arriving at Haneda Airport, Narita Airport or Kansai International Airport will be able to travel on to maximum of 11 Japanese routes such as Chitose or Nagoya using code share flights operated by ANA.
Osamu Shinobe, President and CEO of ANA, said, "We are pleased to announce our partnership with Garuda and look forward to working together to bring our customers greater choice and convenience across our combined Japanese and Indonesian networks."
Garuda Indonesia President and CEO, Emirsyah Satar said, "Through this partnership, Garuda Indonesia can expand its services to several cities in Japan. In addition to Tokyo and Osaka, now the passengers of Garuda Indonesia can do business and holiday trip up to 11 cities in Japan using ANA."
The two airlines will also start discussions on a partnership between their respective mileage programs. The details of joint mileage program, including the start date, will be announced separately on both companies' websites when decided.