Seoul, October 8th 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.”
About Garuda Indonesia Cargo
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.
Garuda Indonesia Cargo through its domestic distribution channel, Cargo Service Center (CSC), handles "City to Port" and "City to City" cargo transportation services so that the delivery process of cargo can be closer to the sender and beneficiary. By the end of 2013, around 30 CSCs had been established at several big cities in Indonesia, including Bandung, Yogyakarta and Makassar, complementing the existing CSCs at the airports.
In line with online shopping and small package growth in Indonesia, SBU Cargo also has offered domestic "door to door" cargo services, in cooperation with third parties and reintroduced its GO Express product. This product offers a pick-up service from the customer and delivery directly to the beneficiary, similar to courier services. By the end of 2014, Garuda Indonesia will serve 45 domestic and 18 International destinations and in 2015, Garuda Indonesia Cargo will expand to 62 domestic and 24 International destinations.
About SkyTeam Cargo
SkyTeam Cargo, launched in September 2000, includes members Aeroflot Cargo,
Aerolineas Cargo, Aeromexico Cargo, Air France Cargo, Alitalia Cargo, China Airlines
Cargo, China Cargo Airlines, China Southern Cargo, Czech Airlines Cargo, Delta Cargo,
KLM Cargo, and Korean Air Cargo. The airlines’ cargo divisions partnered to provide
customers with access to a global route network, standardized operational processes,
and “one roof” warehouse handling services. The components of SkyTeam Cargo ensure
seamless cargo coordination and delivery throughout the alliance’s global network. The
unique product portfolio range is commonly offered by all eleven airline partners to their