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ANA to merge Peach and Vanilla

Peach Aviation (Japan) Airbus A320-214 JA817P (msn 6824) NRT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 934246.

ANA – All Nippon Airways is planning to merge its partly-owned low-fare Peach Aviation and fully-owned Vanilla Air subsidiaries by March 2020. Peach will be the surviving brand.

The new Peach will be Japan’s largest budget airline.

ANA is also planning to expand its ownership in Peach from the current 67 percent to 77.9 percent.

Peach is planning to expand its fleet to more than 50 aircraft after the merger.

ANA issued this statement on March 22, 2018:

To further build on the respective successes of Peach Aviation Limited (Peach) and Vanilla Air INC. (Vanilla) and position them for future growth, ANA Holdings has announced the integration of its two subsidiary airlines, Peach and Vanilla, with the goal to become the leading low cost carrier (LCC) in the Asian region. The process of full integration is planned to start in the second half of the FY2018, with the target to be completed by the end of FY2019, with Peach being designated as the basis of the integrated airline.

Following the integration, the airline will serve as a strong foundation for further fleet growth and network expansions from Osaka Kansai Airport as well as from Tokyo Narita Airport. In addition, the airline will stimulate potential demand in Japan and from abroad through attractive service, various innovations and fares that exceed expectations.

History of the two LCCs:

Peach Aviation started its operations from Osaka Kansai Airport in March 2012 as the first Japanese branded LCC with the concept of “The Flying Train (safe, easy and cheap).” The carrier has raised the value of its customer experience through a number of ideas that were revolutionary to the aviation industry. Peach has been the leading carrier among the LCCs in Japan with its stable operational quality and its progressive management strategy.

Vanilla Air started its operations from Tokyo Narita Airport in December 2013. With the help of the huge demand in the Tokyo metropolitan area, the carrier actively expanded its network of domestic and international routes. One of the significant landmarks of Vanilla’s achievements is the revitalization of local Japan destinations such as Amami-Oshima, by creating and carrying new leisure demand to the region. Vanilla has also played a big role in bringing a large number of inbound passengers to Japan from Asian countries such as Taiwan.

Purpose of the Integration

The integration will combine and further enhance the strengths the two LCCs have today, and will create a stronger competitive advantage to further promote not only the Japan domestic service, but also capture the strong demand for visitors to Japan. Beyond FY2020, the airline plans to have more than 50 aircraft operating on more than 50 routes, up from the 35 aircraft today and the 39 routes currently served.

By FY2020, the integrated LCC plans to enter the mid-haul LCC market to aggressively incorporate the growing travel demand in Asia, and will also contribute to the Japanese government’s goal of 40 million people visiting Japan in 2020.

With target revenue of 150 billion Japanese yen and an operating profit of 15 billion Japanese yen for FY2020, the strategy will contribute to increased operational efficiency and reduction of unit costs. ANA group will maintain the strategic independence of the integrated LCC, and position the airline as an important pillar for greater profits and new opportunities for future expansion, and become the leading LCC in Asia.

Peach Route Map:

Vanilla Air Route Map:

Top Copyright Photo: Peach Aviation (Japan) Airbus A320-214 JA817P (msn 6824) NRT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 934246.

Peach aircraft slide show:

Vanilla Air aircraft slide show:

Bottom Copyright Photo: The Vanilla Air brand will be slipping away. Vanilla Air Airbus A320-214 WL JA06VA (msn 6320) NRT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 934241.

Vanilla Air Airbus A320-214 WL JA06VA (msn 6320) NRT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 934241.

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Peach to launch Tokyo (Haneda) – Taipei (Taoyuan) service

Peach Aviation (Osaka-Kansai) has announced it will launch a new route connecting Tokyo (Haneda) and Taipei (Taoyuan) starting on August 8.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 JA807P (msn 5440) arrives in Tokyo at Narita International Airport (NRT).

Peach route map:

Peach 6.2015 Route Map

Peach aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

 

 

 

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Peach Aviation orders three Airbus A320s

Peach A320-200 F-WWIQ (JA801P)(11)(Tko) TLS (Airbus)(46)

Peach Aviation (Osaka-Kansai), Japan’s Low Cost Carrier (LCC), has signed a firm contract with Airbus for the purchase of three A320s. A signing ceremony was held today at the Paris Air Show, with presence of Peach Aviation President Shinichi Inoue and Airbus Chief Operating Officer-Customers, John Leahy.

This is Peach’s first direct order from Airbus. Peach Aviation currently operates 14 leased A320s, with three more to be delivered on lease. Peach Aviation’s A320 seats 180 passengers in a single-class layout and will be powered by CFM International engines.

To date, the A320 Family has won more than 11,700 orders and over 6,500 aircraft delivered to more than 300 operators worldwide.

Photo: Airbus. The pictured Airbus A320-214 F-WWIQ (msn 4887) became JA801P on delivery.

Peach Aviation aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Peach to add a Sendai hub in the summer of 2017

Peach Aviation (Osaka-Kansai) is planning to add a fourth hub at Sendai for the summer of 2017 according to ZipanguFlyer. Sendai is located in the northeast section of Japan. Peach currently serves Sendai with a single route from its Osaka (Kansai) hub.

The Sendai Airport was involved in the devastating March 11, 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and then was subsequently flooded by the tsunami that hit the coast of Japan in this area.

The rising waters flooded the tarmac, taxiways and runway of the airport. The flood waters actually reached parts of the second floor of the passenger terminal.

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Copyright Photo: Manuel Negrerie/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 JA805P (msn 5304) with Mariko Sinoda on the fuselage arrives in Taipei.

Peach aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Route Map:

Peach 3.2015 Route Map

Peach to build a third hub at Tokyo Narita

Peach Aviation (Osaka-Kansai) has designated Tokyo (Narita) as its third hub after Osaka (Kansai) and Okinawa (Naha) according to ZipanguFlyer. The carrier will launch two new routes from Narita to Fukuoka and Sapporo (New Chitose) on March 29.

Peach expands in Tokyo Narita

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Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 JA810P (msn 5724) was delivered new on August 5, 2013.

Route Map:

Peach 2.2015 Route Map

Peach aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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Peach to add the Okinawa-Hong Kong route on February 21, 2015

Peach Aviation (Osaka-Kansai) has announced it will launch the Okinawa-Hong kong route on February 21 with four weekly flights.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 JA807P (msn 5440) completes its final approach to the runway at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport.

Peach aircraft slide show:

Peach Route Route Map:

Peach 11.2014 Route Map

Peach cancels at least 448 flights this summer due to a pilot shortage

Peach Aviation (Osaka-Kansai) has announced it may cancel up to 2,088 flights between May 19 and October 25 due to a pilot shortage. 448 flights scheduled for May and June have been confirmed as cancelled.

The airlines issued this statement:

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Peach Aviation Limited Representative Director and CEO Shinichi Inoue on April 24 announced amendments to its Summer 2014 flight schedule, due to an unavoidable shortage of flight crew personnel, which will affect flights from May 19, resulting in cancellations of some flights. It is with extreme regret that these amendments must be made. However, in order to maintain efficient and safe operations for our customers, Peach has decided to take these precautionary measures.

Since the launch of its first flight in March 2012, Peach, the first Japanese LCC, has maintained a flight cancellation rate of 0.96%, a remarkably low number among LCC carriers. However, the increasingly competitive environment has created a sudden rise in demand for flight crew throughout the industry, leading to a shortage in personnel. In addition, there has been an unexpected number of absentees for health reasons among Peach’s flight crew. Therefore, after careful reevaluation, it has been necessary to decrease the number of flights in order to maintain safety and customer satisfaction. Peach is making every effort to find alternative arrangements for our customers.

Up to 2,088 flights between May 19 and October 25, 2014 may be affected by these amendments. 448 flights scheduled for May and June have been confirmed as cancelled. Any further changes to the flight schedule from July onwards will be announced on April 30. Customers who have already purchased tickets for these flights will be contacted via e-mail.

Customers who would like to change their flights to a different Peach flight will be able to do so free of charge. In the event that a new flight is unavailable, or if the affected customer is unable to travel during the desired period, the airfare will be refunded. Customers will be informed of the necessary procedures and details by email, via the e-mail address they registered upon initial purchase. Peach has also established a designated hotline for customers with further questions regarding the amended flight services.

To ensure safe and efficient operations, Peach will embark upon an even more proactive hiring strategy for flight crew to alleviate the current situation and to assure customer satisfaction. Peach aims to maintain the operational standard seen in the latter part of 2013 (operating with 11 aircraft), in order to maintain the quality of service we have been providing to our customers since our inauguration in 2012.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this will cause to all affected customers.

 

Currently the new airline currently employs 108 cockpit crews, consisting of 52 Captains and 56 First Officers (Copilot) according to Zipanguflyer.

Copyright Photo: Manuel Negrerie/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 JA809P (msn 5640) in the special “Girl’s Award-Rune-Roots of Kawaii” livery, arrives at Taipei (Taoyuan).

Peach: AG Slide Show

Current Peach route map:

Peach 4:2014 Route Map