Etihad and Garuda reached an agreement last week regarding codesharing between the airlines. This was announced last week on 18th of last month and there was quite a bit of both paid and free publicity on the newspapers regarding this issue.
Garuda will shift its Amsterdam flight to go via Abu Dhabi instead of Dubai and will codeshare on number of Etihad flights between Abu Dhabi and number of cities in the Europe/Middle East.
There is a comprehensive list of destinations that the airlines are going to codeshare on Airlineroute.net website.
As part of the deal, the airline from 02DEC12 will shift 4 weekly Jakarta – Dubai – Amsterdam route will to Jakarta – Abu Dhabi – Amsterdam, with A330-200 aircraft.
GA’s new Schedule and codeshare routes with ETIHAD as follows:
GA088 CGK1940 – 0100+1AUH0230+1 – 0655+1AMS 332 x246
GA089 AMS0940 – 1915AUH2045 – 0755+1CGK 332 x357
From 28OCT12, Garuda Indonesia and ETIHAD to codeshare on following routes.
Garuda Indonesia operated by ETIHAD GA9000 – 9099 and GA9900 – 9999 Series
Abu Dhabi – Amman
Abu Dhabi – Athens
Garuda Indonesia became SkyTeam candidate in 2012 and was set to join the alliance on 2012. This is now delayed and the new joining date is expected to be sometime in 2014.
There has been a lot of going on with the three Middle Eastern airlines lately. Emirates and Qantas signed up an agreement regarding the European traffic. Qatar decided to join the oneworld. Last week, Etihad signed an agreement with Air France-KLM and Etihad + Air Berlin (that is partly owned by Etihad).
Garuda Indonesia is quite a turnaround story. They had quite a few problems (crashing planes) at some point in the 2000’s and were put on an European Union black list. This ban of flying to Europe has been lifted.
I have only flown on Garuda once from Bali to Jakarta couple of years ago. The flight was uneventful and the service was typical what you can expect in Asia.