Indonesia’s national carrier kicks off 2015 with its first commercial agreement in the UKGaruda Indonesia, Indonesia’s national carrier, has signed its first commercial agreement in the UK. The new arrangement will mean that Flight Centre sales representatives will promote Garuda as a preferred partner when selling destinations through Indonesia and Australia as well as Amsterdam. Flight Centre will also promote Garuda’s air fare sales and news of destination additions online, through its call centre, and in over 87 high street stores across the UK.
The two brands have enjoyed a strong partnership in Australia for a number of years leading to Garuda Indonesia becoming Flight Centre’s carrier of choice to the holiday islands of Bali and Lombok, popular with Australian travellers.
Jubi Prasetyo, General Manager UK & Ireland, Garuda Indonesia, commented: “We are very pleased to come to an agreement with Flight Centre in the UK. Their extensive network of agents both on the high street, their call centre and online will ensure Garuda Indonesia’s UK stature will further increase. We are looking to emulate the success of the Australian partnership on British shores and enable more UK travellers to Indonesia and Australia to experience our 5-Star airline.”
The agreement follows news of Garuda Indonesia being awarded with a five-star rating by Skytrax, becoming one of only seven airlines worldwide to have met the strict requirements. This follows the awarding of The World’s Best Cabin Staff at the Skytrax World Airline Awards at Farnborough International Airshow 2014 and previous awards in 2013 for The World's Best Economy Class and The World’s Best Economy Class Seats.
Chris Galanty, managing director Flight Centre Group UK and South Africa, said: “Our relationship with Garuda Indonesia allows us to expand our portfolio further and ensures that Flight Centre can provide the UK market with the greatest choice when travelling to key markets in Indonesia and Australia. We are confident this relationship will be a huge success allowing us to offer our valued customers the most competitive rates.”