Blue Bird taxi becomes Go-Car partner
The Jakarta Post
Publicly listed taxi operator Blue Bird has finally provided its fleet to partner with the Go-Car ride-hailing app, a charter car service from Go-Jek, in the Jakarta area.
The collaboration is a follow-up to the memorandums of understanding (MoU) both companies signed last year.
"The collaboration [with Blue Bird] will add to the Go-Car fleet in Jakarta," Go-Jek Indonesia CEO Nadiem Makarim said in an official statement.
Users can also pay the Blue Bird taxis working with Go-Car through its cashless transaction service, Go-Pay, Nadiem said, adding that users just had to update their applications from either Appstore for iOS users, or Play Store for Android users to enjoy these services.
(Read also: Blue Bird joins Harbolnas hype, offers discounts)
Meanwhile, Blue Bird director Andre Djokosoetono said the cooperation was a response to public demand. "This collaboration shows that Blue Bird will keep innovating along with the technological development to better serve customers," he said.
Blue Bird, the country’s biggest taxi company, saw a steep decline of 42.3 percent in its profits to Rp 360.8 billion (US$27 million) from January to September last year, compared to in the corresponding period in 2015.
Revenues were also down 10 percent to Rp 3.6 trillion last year, compared to the 17.6 percent hike in the previous year in the same period.
Financial analysts have attributed the dwindling income to the competition from ride-hailing services. (bbn)
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