Malaysia Airlines and Garuda Indonesia today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on joint cooperation between the two airlines. Malaysia Airlines was represented by its Managing Director, Dato’ Md Nor Yusof and Garuda Indonesia was represented by its President and CEO, Mr Abdulgani at the signing ceremony held in Langkawi today.
The MoU covers several areas of joint cooperation that provides a platform for both airlines to jointly promote air travel between Malaysia and Indonesia, as well as help both airlines to be more cost effective. The areas of cooperation, among others, include Commercial Cooperation, Joint Representation, Joint Sales & Marketing, Inflight Services, Ground Handling, Flight Operations, Information Technology and Engineering & Aircraft Maintenance.
Cooperation between Malaysia Airlines and Garuda is not new. Prior to the signing of the MoU, the two airlines had already been working together under a code-share and joint freighter arrangement on their flights operated between operated between the two countries. Both airlines have also been cooperating in the area of aircraft maintenance and pooling of aircraft spares.
Through this joint cooperation, Malaysia Airlines and Garuda would enhance the existing code-share arrangement to cover domestic travel. This will facilitate air travel between cities in Malaysia and Indonesia, which are not served by direct flights. Both airlines would also enhance the existing joint freighter arrangement to cover more sectors between the two countries and facilitate air cargo movement beyond Malaysia and Indonesia to other countries.
In a move to support the Malaysian and Indonesian governments’ efforts to promote air travel between the two countries, both national carriers would embark on joint marketing and promotions. This includes joint advertising and joint agents/media familiarization trips. Both airlines would work closely with relevant governmental/private bodies to create awareness on business, tourism and other potentials available in both countries.
Considering the continued increase in aviation cost, the joint cooperation would help Malaysia Airlines and Garuda to be more cost effective. This would be done through joint representation, joint training, joint procurement and pooling of resources.
The signing of the MoU is yet another step in efforts to enhance relationship between the two flag carriers.