Etihad confirms codeshare agreement with Garuda

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Etihad Airways has formally confirmed details of its upcoming codeshare agreement with Garuda Indonesia - originally disclosed by Flightglobal earlier this week.

The Abu Dhabi-based carrier will place its code on Garuda-operated services from Jakarta to Denpasar in Bali province and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In return, the Indonesian flag carrier will place its code on up to 31 sixth-freedom services operated by Etihad via its Abu Dhabi hub, including destinations across the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Levant, Africa, Europe and North America.

Subject to regulatory approval, the two carriers "plan to expand the scope of the agreement to include more destinations in each other's network", Etihad says in a statement.

Garuda chief executive Emirsyah Satar adds: "Through this partnership, Garuda Indonesia will be able to extend its service to Europe, North America, the Middle East and Africa; and Etihad Airways will provide more convenient connections for their passengers in Indonesia, Australia and Japan."

The codeshare agreement takes effect on 28 October, with tickets on sale immediately.