The strategic cooperation will further strengthen both airlines' flight network and provide seamless yet convenient connections between
JAKARTA, Nov 25, 2014 - (ACN Newswire) - Garuda Indonesia, the national airline of Indonesia, and Myanmar Airways International have concluded a code share agreement today between the two airlines. The signing of the agreement was carried out by Garuda Indonesia EVP Sales and Marketing Erik Meijer and Myanmar Airways International Managing Director Si Thu, and was also witnessed by the Indonesian Ambassador to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Ito Sumardi, the Myanmar Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia San Myint Oo, and President & CEO of Garuda Indonesia Emirsyah Satar.
Under the agreement, Garuda Indonesia will place its GA marketing code on Myanmar Airways International's flights between Bangkok - Yangon (vv) and Singapore - Yangon (vv). In turn, Myanmar Airways International will place its 8M marketing code on Garuda Indonesia's operations between Jakarta - Bangkok (vv) and Jakarta - Singapore (vv). The codeshare will provide passengers between Myanmar and Indonesia with seamless and convenient connections through the international gateways of Singapore and Bangkok.
"We are pleased to announce this partnership with Myanmar Airways International which extends our network even further within the Southeast Asia. Myanmar is an important market for Indonesia and through this partnership we can offer more travel options for the increasing number of passengers travelling between the two countries. At the same time, the agreement is expected to boost trade and tourism activities by making Indonesia much more accessible for Myanmar visitors," explained Garuda Indonesia EVP Sales and Marketing Erik Meijer.
Myanmar Airways International Managing Director Si Thu welcomed the new codeshare services with Garuda Indonesia, saying, "Indonesia is an increasingly important market to Myanmar with around 55,000 people currently travelling between the two countries for both business and leisure. We are glad that our passengers will be offered a wider choice of destinations as well as greater flexibility and convenience when traveling between Yangon and major cities in Indonesia with this new code-share service."
The codeshare flights are pending final government approvals, but are targeted to be available for implementation in December 2014.
About Garuda Indonesia
Presenting a new level of service excellence in air travel, Garuda Indonesia, the national airline of Indonesia, seamlessly connects more than 70 destinations worldwide to not only one of the largest economies in Southeast Asia, but also an array of exotic locations in the beautiful archipelago of Indonesia all at once. With close to 600 daily flights and a fleet of around 160 aircraft (the average age of which is less than five years old), Garuda Indonesia proudly serves its passengers with the award-winning "Garuda Indonesia Experience" service, which highlights Indonesia's warm hospitality and rich diverse culture.
The airline continuously strives, through its ongoing transformation program, to provide better and more convenient services with one of the youngest fleets in the sky, which should grow to around 194 aircraft by 2015. The progress of Garuda Indonesia's transformation program can be seen from achieving a Skytrax airline ranking as the 7th best airline in the world in the 2014, as well as winning the prestigious "The World's Best Cabin Crew" award in 2014 and "The World's Best Economy Class" award in 2013, also from Skytrax. Garuda Indonesia is a member of SkyTeam, the global airline alliance with 20 members, providing access to an extensive global network with over 15,700 daily flights to 1,052 destinations in 177 countries.
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About Myanmar Airways International
Myanmar Airways International (MAI), was established in August 1993, as a joint venture between Myanmar Airways and Singapore based company. Effective from January 2014, MAI becomes a complete member of KBZ Group - a Myanmar National owned private company.
MAI has signed agreements with Air France Industries for Maintenance & Engineering services, technical assistance on-site training and component support services and with Sepang Aircraft Engineering an EADS Company for Airbus A320 Aircraft Maintenance Global support services for heavy maintenance. MAI has also signed a code share and partnership memorandum of understanding with Korean Air and Malaysia Airlines.
MAI flies schedule flights between Yangon and Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Gaya, Guangzhou, Seoul and Mandalay - Gaya - Mandalay. MAI started its charter flight to Korea and Japan in 2013. MAI is a member of the IATA Clearing House (ICH) and a partner of the IATA, MITA system. MAI is the only IATA Operational Safety Audit Program (IOSA) Operator in Myanmar.
Since 1993, MAI has a record of 100% safety and accident free in aviation history. Recently, MAI has been awarded "2014 ASEAN BUSINESS AWARDS" as the National Winner (Myanmar) for Most Admired ASEAN Enterprise, ASEAN Centricity by ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC). Please visit www.maiair.com.
VP Corporate Communications
PT. Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk