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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.

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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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Aeroflot resumes service to Cairo

Aeroflot Russian Airlines Airbus A320-214 WL VQ-BRW (msn 5974) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 940530.

Aeroflot Russian Airlines on April 11 resumed regular flights between Moscow and Cairo. Flights are scheduled three times per week on Airbus A320 aircraft, and will depart/arrive at Sheremetyevo Airport’s Terminal F.

Even though air service between Russia and Egypt has been interrupted for such a long time, the load factor on upcoming flights is more than 85%.

Flights between Moscow and Cairo will be operated on the following schedules (all local times):

Flight SU 400 will be operated weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, departing Moscow at 20:50 and arriving in Cairo at 00:25.

Flight SU 401 will be operated weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, departing Cairo at 01:25 and arriving in Moscow at 06:50.

Flights between the Russian and Egyptian capitals will operate daily from  June 12 to July 2. This is due to the increased demand for air transportation during this period.

Copyright Photo: Aeroflot Russian Airlines Airbus A320-214 WL VQ-BRW (msn 5974) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 940530.

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In March Lufthansa Group airlines increased capacity utilization to a new record level despite significantly increased services

  • Occupancy rate rises by 3.9 percentage points to 81.2 percent in March
  • Number of flights increases by 8.1% at the same time
  • Around 11.1 million passengers fly with Lufthansa Group Airlines , 15.7 percent more than a year earlier 
  • Currency adjusted yield indication stable
  • Lufthansa grows especially in Munich
  • Point-to-point airlines carry around a third more passengers

In March 2018, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group welcomed around 11.1 million passengers. This shows an increase of 15.7% compared to the previous year’s month. The available seat kilometers were up 9% over the previous year, at the same time, sales increased by 14.5%. The seat load factor increased by 3.9 percentage points compared to March 2017 to 81.2%. This is a new record which is partly also connected with the postponement of the Easter holidays from April to March. Capacity utilization also reached an all-time high of 77.8 percent in the first quarter of 2018. Around 28.6 million passengers flew with the airlines of the Lufthansa Group in the first three months of this year.

The currency adjusted yield indication remained stable in March compared to previous year.

Cargo capacity increased four percent year-on-year, while cargo sales were up 0.4% in revenue tonne-kilometer terms. As a result, the Cargo load factor showed a corresponding reduction, decreasing 2.6 percentage points in the month to 71.3%.

Network Airlines

The Network Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Swiss and Austrian Airlines, carried 8.2 million passengers in March, ten percent more than in the prior-year period. Compared to the previous year, the available seat kilometers increased by 5.3% in March. The sales volume was up 10.4% over the same period, increasing seat load factor by 3.7 percentage points to 81.1%.
Lufthansa German Airlines transported 5.7 million passengers in March, a 10.2% increase compared to the same month last year. A 4.8% increase in seat kilometers in March corresponds to a 9.2% increase in sales. Furthermore, the seat load factor was 81.5%, therefore 3.3 percentage points above the prior-year’s level. Lufthansa is growing above all at its Munich location. In March, 12.6% more passengers took off from the Bavarian 5-star hub than a year earlier. This means that growth in Munich was a third higher than in Frankfurt, where 9.2% more passengers flew than in the same month last year.

Point-to-Point Airlines

Eurowings Airbus A320-214 WL D-AEWS (msn 7439) ZRH (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 941519.

The Lufthansa Group’s Point-to-Point Airlines – Eurowings (including Germanwings) and Brussels Airlines – carried around 2.9 million passengers in March. Among this total, 2.7 million passengers were on short-haul flights and 260,000 flew long-haul. This amounts to an increase of 35.4% in comparison to the previous year. March capacity was 30.6% above its prior-year level, while its sales volume was up 39.1%, resulting in an increased seat load factor by five percentage points of 81.3%.

On short-haul services the Point-to-Point Airlines raised capacity 34.8% and increased sales volume by 48.4%, resulting in a 7.3 percentage points increase in seat load factor of 79.3%, compared to March 2017. The seat load factor for the long-haul services increased by 1.6 percentage points to 85% during the same period, following a 23.5% increase in capacity and a 25.8% rise in sales volume, compared to the previous year.

Copyright Photo: Eurowings Airbus A320-214 WL D-AEWS (msn 7439) ZRH (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 941519.

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Kuwait and MEA to codeshare on the Kuwait City – Beirut route

First Airbus A320 with Sharklets, revised flag emblem

Kuwait Airways and Middle East Airline have announced a new strategic partnership, which will see Kuwait national carrier’s code, KU added to Middle East Airline flights and Lebanon national carrier’s code, ME added to Kuwait Airways flights operated between Kuwait City and Beirut.

The Bilateral Code Share Partnership will commence on March 25, 2018.

Kuwait Airways operates 11 weekly flights on the route with Airbus A330/A320 aircraft and Middle East Airlines (MEA) operates 13 weekly flights with its Airbus A320 fleet.

Top Copyright Photo: Kuwait Airways Airbus A320-214 WL F-WWBY (9K-AKE) (msn 6350) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 925047.

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MEA aircraft slide show:

Bottom Copyright Photo: MEA-Middle East Airlines Airbus A320-214 F-OMRB (msn 5152) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 910515.

MEA-Middle East Airlines Airbus A320-214 F-OMRB (msn 5152) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 910515.

 

Aeroflot to resume service to Cairo

Aeroflot Russian Airlines Airbus A320-214 WL VP-BAD (msn 7240) DUS (Rainer Bexten). Image: 938023.

From April 11, 2018 Aeroflot will resume regular flights from Moscow to Cairo. Flights will operate three times per week on Airbus A320 aircraft to and from Sheremetyevo Terminal F. Ticket sales will launch on 13 March 2018.

Flights between Moscow and Cairo will operate on the following schedules (all times local):

Flight SU 400 will depart weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, departing Moscow at 20:50 and arriving in Cairo at 00:25.

Flight SU 401 will depart weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, departing Cairo at 01:25 and arriving in Moscow at 06:50.

From June 12 to July 2 flights between the Russian and Egyptian capitals will operate daily. This is due to increased demand for air transportation during the World Cup.

Aeroflot stopped operating flights to Cairo in late 2015, when air links between Russia and Egypt were interrupted. A significant increase in security measures was required to reinstate flights between the two countries. This requirement has been met on the Egyptian side, and on 4 January 2018 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree permitting the resumption of regular air traffic.

Copyright Photo: Aeroflot Russian Airlines Airbus A320-214 WL VP-BAD (msn 7240) DUS (Rainer Bexten). Image: 938023.

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Allegiant is coming to Nashville

Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 WL N247NV (msn 7704) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104577.

Allegiant Air is coming to Nashville. Nashville will become the 120th Allegiant destination.

Service is due to start on June 7 with year-round flights to Punta Gorda, Florida and seasonal flights to Destin, Myrtle Beach, Richmond and Savannah.

The airline is expected to make an announcement today on other routes.

Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 WL N247NV (msn 7704) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104577.

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Vietjet expands to India and Thai Vietjet adds the Bangkok – Krabi route

Vietjet Air (VietJetAir.com) Airbus A320-214 VN-A668 (msn 3791) BKK (Jay Selman). Image: 402705.

Vietjet has announced its plan to operate nonstop flights connecting Vietnam and India.

The India route will connect Ho Chi Minh City with New Delhi with four flights a week.

Vietjet’s Thai subsidiary, Thai Vietjet (below), is to launch a new nonstop domestic service between Bangkok and Krabi from April 5, 2018.

Thai Vietjet will launch a new nonstop domestic service between Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) and Krabi, starting on April 5, 2018. The service will operate with two daily return flights and a flight duration of one hour twenty minutes per leg. Departure times from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) are 07:10, 19:25 and departure times from Krabi are 09:05, 21:20. Thai Vietjet will deploy an A320 aircraft with 180 seats for the route, representing the airline’s determination to meet passenger demand for popular routes.

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2015

Above Copyright Photo: Vietjet Air Thailand (VietJetAir.com) Airbus A320-214 WL HS-VKC (msn 6878) BKK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 936176.

With the new Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) to Krabi flight addition, the airline will be flying five Thailand domestic routes, including Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket, Krabi and a daily direct flight connecting Phuket and Chiang Rai.

Top Copyright Photo: Vietjet Air (VietJetAir.com) Airbus A320-214 VN-A668 (msn 3791) BKK (Jay Selman). Image: 402705.

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