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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 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:

Peach

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

 

 

Peach launches operations today from Osaka Kansai

Peach Aviation (Osaka-Kansai) launched operations today (March 1) between Osaka (Kansai) and Fukuoka and Osaka(Kansai) and Sapporo with Airbus A320s.

In addition, Peach plans to operate new daily flights between Osaka (Kansai) and Nagasaki beginning on March 25 and Osaka (Kansai) and Kagoshima beginning on April 1, 2012. In May 2012, the first international route between Osaka (Kansai) and Seoul  (Incheon) will be launched. Furthermore, three more routes including Okinawa (Naha), Hong Kong, Taiwan (Taoyuan) will be available soon.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss.

Route Map:

Peach announces five new routes for the summer, planning to launch in March

Peach Aviation Limited (Osaka-Kansai) announced it will add five new routes this summer, including Osaka (Kansai)-Nagasaki, Kagoshima, Okinawa (Naha), Hong Kong and Taiwan (Taoyuan).

The Osaka (Kansai)-Nagasaki route will commence on March 25, 2012, while the Osaka (Kansai)-Kagoshima route will commence on April 1, 2012. Both routes will have two round trip flights available per day. The Osaka (Kansai)-Okinawa (Naha), Hong Kong, Taiwan (Taoyuan) routes are set to commence after the second quarter of 2012.

Peach Aviation, Japan’s first dedicated low-cost carrier, is preparing for its first flight in March 2012 on the Osaka (Kansai)-Fukuoka, Kansai-Sapporo (Shin-Chitose), Kansai-Seoul (Incheon) routes..

Top Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss.

Route Map:

Peach Aviation takes delivery of its first Airbus A320

Peach Aviation (Osaka-Kansai), Japan’s first low-cost carrier, has taken delivery of its first A320 in Toulouse, France, through a leasing contract with GECAS. The Japanese carrier will lease 10 A320s.

Peach Aviation’s A320 aircraft seats 180 passengers in a single-class layout and is powered by CFM International engines.

A320-214 JA801P (msn 4887, ex F-WWIQ) is scheduled to arrive at Kansai International Airport on the morning of November 10, 2011.

JA801P will depart from Toulouse, France on November 8 and is scheduled to arrive at their home base, Kansai International Airport at 9:00AM on November 10 via Sharjah International Airport (United Arab Emirates) and U Tapao International Airport (Thailand).

Peach Aviation became Japan’s first official LCC (low cost carrier) in February 2011. It will be commencing flights from its home base, Kansai International Airport, no later than March 2012.

Photo: Airbus.

Peach Aviation obtains approval for flights to congested airports

Peach Aviation (Osaka-Kansai) yesterday (October 17) announced that it has obtained approval from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport to operate flights to congested airports. Peach’s application was made on August 23, 2011 in accordance with Japan’s Aeronautics Act.

With this approval, Peach Aviation is officially authorized to operate scheduled domestic flights for the period between March 1 and March 24, 2012. Starting on March 1, there will be 3 round trip flights per day on the Osaka (Kansai) – Sapporo (Shin-Chitose) route and 4 round trip flights per day on the Osaka (Kansai) – Fukuoka route.

Peach plans to announce airfares in late November.

Peach Aviation, Japan’s first dedicated low cost carrier, is preparing for its first flight in March 2012. Peach will provide new travel options at affordable prices, and will act as a bridge between Japan and the growing economies of other Asian countries.

Peach Aviation became Japan’s first official LCC (low cost carrier) in February 2011. It will be commencing flights from its home base, Kansai International Airport, no later than March 2012.

According to the airline, “Peach Aviation creates new airline networks across Asian countries. It is dedicated to providing safe, reliable, and affordable flights that will create new value and options in air travel. Peach will become a bridge between the growing economies of Asia and Japan.”

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. Peach’s first aircraft, an Airbus A320-214 with the temporary registration of F-WWIQ (msn 4887) arrives near sunset at Hamburg (Finkenwerder) for further work. The new airliner will become JA801P on delivery.

Peach Aviation launches a contest to name the first Airbus A320

Peach Aviation (Osaka-Kansai) is a new budget airline in Japan as we have previously reported. The new airline was formed in February 2011 as A and F Aviation, a joint venture between ANA (All Nippon Airways) and First Eastern Investment Group. The company applied for its AOC in April 2011 and changed its name to Peach Aviation in May 2011. The company stock is held in almost equal portions by ANA, FEIG and the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, with ANA holding a slightly larger share.

Peach’s distinctive aircraft livery was designed by Neil Denari and its crew uniforms by James Wilkie.

Peach plans to operate ten 180-seat Airbus A320 aircraft. Five A320s will be delivered in 2011 and five more in 2012. The aircraft are to be leased from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS).

On October 12, 2011 Peach announced a contest to name its first A320.