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SkyTeam Announces Garuda Indonesia's Date of Joining

20th member sets alliance on course for growth in Asia Pacific region in March 2014

Amsterdam, Dec 16, 2013 - (ACN Newswire) - SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, will welcome Garuda Indonesia as its 20th member on March 5, 2014. The national airline of Indonesia, Garuda will become SkyTeam's second member from Southeast Asia.

Garuda's membership of SkyTeam will facilitate travel to Indonesia - Southeast Asia's largest economy - for customers around the world. Garuda operates nonstop flights from Jakarta, the nation's capital and financial center, to seven SkyTeam hubs: Seoul, Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei and Amsterdam.

"SkyTeam brings more than 1,020 global destinations to Garuda customers. In addition to an extensive network, dedicated services such as SkyPriority and access to over 530 lounges will be amongst the benefits that Garuda customers will gain from being part of the SkyTeam alliance," said Michael Wisbrun, SkyTeam's managing director. "Garuda is on target to meet all the membership criteria required by SkyTeam, including implementing a new IT platform and customer-focused initiatives. We look forward to welcoming the airline on 5 March next year."

Garuda Indonesia's President & CEO, Emirsyah Satar, expressed his gratitude to SkyTeam and all of the member airlines for all the support given to the airline thus far. Joining SkyTeam is a long-term development strategy for Garuda Indonesia, as planned in the airline's strategic expansion program "Quantum Leap 2011 - 2015", and Garuda has been upgrading its service and actively forging cooperation with SkyTeam member airlines with this objective in mind.

"Joining SkyTeam marks another significant milestone in the company's development, as we are now entering the stage of being a global player. This is part of our strategy to extend our network worldwide while at the same time improving our service by facilitating a seamless and more convenient travel experience for our customers," said Satar.

About SkyTeam

SkyTeam is a global airline alliance providing customers from member airlines access to an extensive global network with more destinations, more frequencies and more connectivity. Passengers can earn and redeem Frequent Flyer Miles throughout the SkyTeam network. SkyTeam member airlines offer customers access to 525 lounges worldwide. The nineteen members are: Aeroflot, Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Kenya Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Airlines. SkyTeam offers its 552 million annual customers over 15,000 daily flights to 1,000 destinations in 187 countries. www.skyteam.com / www.facebook.com/skyteam / www.youtube.com/user/skyteam.

About PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk.

Garuda Indonesia is the "flag carrier" of Indonesia operating 126 aircraft (per H1-2013) to serve 39 domestic destinations and 20 international destinations across Southeast Asia (Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Singapore, and Bangkok), the Middle East (Jeddah and Abu Dhabi), Asia (Tokyo, Osaka, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Seoul), Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Brisbane), and Europe (Amsterdam), out of its four hubs in Indonesia, namely Jakarta, Denpasar, Makassar, and Medan. In line with improvements in various aspects of its performance and service, Garuda Indonesia has won a number of accolades and recognition from both national and international institutions, including "The World's Best Economy Class" award from Skytrax in June 2013 and the "Best in Region: Asia and Australasia", by the "Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX)", in September 2013. For more information, please visit www.garuda-indonesia.com.

Source: PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk.

Contact:
SkyTeam
Corporate Communications
T: +31 20 333 3064
E: media@skyteam.com

Garuda Indonesia
Pujobroto   
VP Corporate Communications
T: +62 21 2560 1068
E: pujobroto@garuda-indonesia.com




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