PAL, Garuda start code-sharing scheme
() - March 25, 2001 - 12:00am
Philippine Airlines and Garuda Indonesia will commence code-sharing on flights between Manila and Jakarta today, March 25, with PAL as the operating carrier.

The agreement gives Garuda a seat allocation on each of PAL’s four flights weekly on the route.

The service will be marketed and sold in the Philippines and Indonesia as joint PAL/Garuda flights, but they will actually be operated using PAL aircraft and crew.

The deal strengthens PAL’s partnership with Garuda and provides the Philippine flag carrier access to the tourist traffic to Indonesia.

Garuda, on the other hand, gains a foothold in Manila, a market it has been absent from for the last four years.

The Garuda pact is PAL’s first code share since entering rehabilitation two years ago in which it is the operating carrier – an indication of PAL’s improved operational condition.

PAL presently code-shares with five other carriers on various routes. These are Egypt Air between Manila and Cairo; Emirates between Manila and Dubai; Gulf Air between Manila and Abu Dhabi; Kuwait Airways between Manila and Bangkok; and Malaysia Airlines between Manila and Cebu, and Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.

It also operates a joint cargo service with Lufthansa Cargo between Manila and Frankfurt.

PAL and Garuda have a longstanding commercial relationship dating back to 1986, when the two carriers first operated a joint service.

PAL resumed flights to Jakarta (via Singapore) last Dec. 2, 2000 using widebody Airbus 330-300 jets.

Departures from Manila are every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. The return service departs Jakarta the following day.

EGYPT AIR GARUDA GULF AIR KUALA LUMPUR KUCHING AND KOTA KINABALU KUWAIT AIRWAYS LUFTHANSA CARGO MALAYSIA AIRLINES MANILA MANILA AND ABU DHABI PAL
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