October 08, 2014: Garuda Indonesia Cargo, a strategic business unit (SBU) of Garuda Indonesia, today formally announced its intent to join the SkyTeam Cargo Alliance at the TIACA Air Cargo Forum in Seoul. Garuda Indonesia Cargo expects to join the SkyTeam Cargo Alliance by the end of June 2015.
The announcement was accompanied by the signing of an MOU agreement by Mr. Rajendra Kartawiria, Vice President of Garuda Indonesia Cargo, and Mr. Chong Choy, Chairman of SkyTeam Cargo. Garuda Indonesia Cargo now begins the process to join SkyTeam Cargo by completing the necessary membership requirements. These include amongst others: IT system integration; product alignment and enhancement; service procedure improvement in accordance service standards; and improving brand image.
"By joining SkyTeam Cargo, Garuda Indonesia Cargo will offer more than 900 worldwide locations, giving our customers a far greater choice of destinations from and to Indonesia," said Mr. Kartawiria. "These additional destinations and greater collaboration with other SkyTeam members will also support Garuda Indonesia's planned 30% capacity increase in 2015."
"Garuda Indonesia Cargo will strengthen SkyTeam's Cargo network in Asia Pacific by adding 63 new destinations, increasing global trade between the dynamic Indonesian market and the rest of the world," said Mr Chong. "Furthermore, thanks to SkyTeam Cargo's standardized products and aligned operating procedures, SkyTeam Cargo and Garuda Indonesia Cargo will continue to deliver synergies and innovations that benefit customers and our member airlines."
Garuda Indonesia Cargo handles cargo transportation services by air using the aircraft of Garuda Indonesia. In addition to direct selling, Garuda Indonesia Cargo also promotes its services through cooperation with its partners, such as agents, freight forwarders and GSSA for both domestic and international destinations.