Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Garuda Indonesia have agreed a partnership under which the two airlines will launch and codeshare on flights between the two countries and will allow the two carriers’ passengers to collect and redeem miles on the frequent flyer programs of either airline.
The partnership, which ANA says will enhance passenger choice and frequency of services, was announced at a ceremony in Jakarta. The ceremony was attended by Osamu Shinobe, president and CEO of ANA, and Emirsyab Satar, president and CEO of Garuda Indonesia.
On March 30, ANA will launch a new route between Tokyo Haneda Airport and Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. Garuda will begin operating the same route during the first half of 2014.
These new flights will increase the number of weekly round-trips operated by the two carriers between Japan and Indonesia to 53 ‒ 14 ANA flights and 39 Garuda Indonesia flights.
ANA and Garuda Indonesia will allocate codeshare flight numbers to the flights between Japan and Indonesia operated by each airline.
Under the codeshare deal, passengers on ANA flights arriving in Jakarta will be able to travel on Garuda Indonesia to 10 Indonesian destinations, including Jogjakarta and Denpasar.
Similarly, the codeshare agreement will allow passengers on Garuda Indonesia flights arriving at Tokyo Haneda Airport, Narita International Airport or Osaka Kansai International Airport to travel on ANA to 11 Japanese destinations, including Chitose or Nagoya.
The two airlines are also starting discussions on a partnership between their respective mileage programs.
When agreement is reached on a joint mileage program, the details ‒ including the start date ‒ will be announced separately on both companies’ websites.