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June 19, 2008

Indonesian flag carrier teams up with Turkish Airlines
Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia on Wednesday forged partnership with Turkish Airlines to expand their market network in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Under a agreement signed on Indonesia's Bali resort island, the two companies will jointly launch promotion to boost people traffic between Turkey and Indonesia, reported leading news website Detikcom.

The agreement signed by Garuda president Emirsyah Satar and Turkish Airlines president Candan Karlitekin also calls for cooperation in plane maintenance and overhaul.

Since there are no direct flights between Indonesia and Turkey, air passengers heading for Indonesia will use Turkish Airlines planes and switch to Garuda planes during the transit in Singapore.

"This cooperation has great potentials to boost passenger traffic between the two countries because it offers unique and valuable tourist attractions," Emirsyah said.

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