The Jakarta Post
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has announced that it will remove its logo from aircraft operated by Sriwijaya Air amid an ongoing dispute over partnership between the two airlines.
“The removal of the Garuda Indonesia logo from planes operated by Sriwijaya Air is part of an effort to protect the Garuda Indonesia Group brand, especially considering that the services provided by Sriwijaya Air Group haven’t been up to our standards since the start of the dispute,” Garuda Indonesia spokesperson M. Ikhsan Rosan said in a statement on Tuesday.
“We’ve decided to remove the Garuda Indonesia logo to ensure that our brand only represents the highest standards of on-flight service and safety.”
He went on to say that, although it was tough a decision, the move was ultimately crucial to put some distance between Garuda Indonesia and Sriwijaya Air amid the dispute.
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“The logo removal is currently underway,” Ikhsan said, adding that he expected the move to help clarify where the two airlines stood in regard to their partnership.
Garuda Indonesia Group, through its subsidiary low-cost carrier PT Citilink Indonesia, took over the operation of PT Sriwijaya Air and NAM Air under a joint operation scheme (KSO) last November.
Garuda Indonesia president director Ari Askhara said at the time that the KSO between Garuda Indonesia Group and private airline Sriwijaya Air was aimed at helping to improve the operational and financial performance of the latter.