Vanilla Air launches operations replacing AirAsia Japan

AirAsia Japan is dead, long live Vanilla Air - the new name for All Nippon Airways' now 100%-owned low-cost subsidiary. Flights from Tokyo Narita to Okinawa and Taipei Taoyuan launched on 20 December, and the Taipei service was commemorated with music and mascots. Competition will be fierce on both routes.

  • Vanilla Air is the new name for what used to be AirAsia Japan. The airline is now a 100%-owned subsidiary of All Nippon Airways after AirAsia decided in June to sell its stake in what was originally a joint venture. The new airline commenced operations on 20 December with daily flights from Tokyo Narita (NRT) to Taipei Taoyuan (TPE) and Okinawa (OKA). The 2,180-kilometre Taipei route is already particularly well served while there is also considerable competition on the 1,610-kilometre Okinawa route. Initially, Vanilla Air will serve both routes with just daily flights, using its A320s, but this will soon increase to four times daily to Okinawa and twice-daily to Taipei.
Launch date Origin Destination WF Aircraft Competition (WF)
20 December Tokyo Narita (NRT) Okinawa (OKA) 7 A320 Jetstar Japan (21), Skymark Airlines (14), All Nippon Airways (7), Japan Airlines (7)
20 December Tokyo Narita (NRT) Taipei Taoyuan (TPE) 7 A320 China Airlines (21), EVA Air (14), Japan Airlines (14), Cathay Pacific Airways (7), Delta Air Lines (7), TransAsia Airways (7), All Nippon Airways (7), Scoot (7)
Source: Innovata / Diio Mi w/c 7 January 2014

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