KLM Royal Dutch Airlines resumed three times weekly Amsterdam-Singapore-Denpasar service on 06-Dec-2009 – see Route Changes Table for more information. The carrier plans to increase frequency to four times weekly in mid-Jan-2010 due to strong demand. [more] Garuda Indonesia and KLM meanwhile signed (08-Dec-2009) two new agreements to collaborate more closely. The agreements include a codeshare agreement for daily Denpasar-Singapore service and an agreement allowing KLM to contract out the maintenance of fan cowls to Garuda Maintenance Facilities AeroAsia, intensifying cooperation in the maintenance of aircraft components. [more]
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