Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Vanilla Air Announces Services To Okinawa, Taipei
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Budget carrier Vanilla Air Inc. will begin flights from Tokyo's Narita airport to Okinawa, Taipei and two other destinations from Dec. 20, the ANA Holdings Inc. (9202) subsidiary said Monday.
- Vanilla Air President Tomonori Ishii at a press conference.
Former AirAsia Japan Co. is relaunching itself as Vanilla Air, a wholly-owned ANA unit, following AirAsia Bhd's divestment from the business. "We intend to tap demand for resort travel, primarily international flights," President Tomonori Ishii told a press conference.
The company will consider expanding its services beyond the four routes unveiled Monday. To lure family travelers, Vanilla Air will offer discounts to groups of four people or more. By waiving fees for checked luggage of up to 20 kilograms, the airline also hopes to meet the needs of vacationers, who tend to buy lots of souvenirs.
By achieving an on-time departure rate of at least 85%, the company aims to turn a profit on an operating basis in fiscal 2015.
(The Nikkei, Oct. 1 morning edition)