Vanilla Air launches its third and fourth routes from Tokyo Narita

Passengers arriving on Vanilla Air’s first flight from Tokyo Narita to Sapporo Chitose Airport in Hokkaido were greeted with free souvenir goody bags on arrival in Hokkaido. Four other carriers already serve the route, including Vanilla Air’s parent company, All Nippon Airways. The snow at the airport should come as no surprise as Sapporo held the winter Olympics in 1972. This year’s winter Olympics start this week in Sochi, Russia.

  • Vanilla Air, the new wholly-owned LCC subsidiary of All Nippon Airways, launched its third and fourth routes during the last week. From its Tokyo Narita (NRT) base it now operates thrice-daily flights on the 790-kilometre route to Sapporo Chitose (CTS) as well as twice-daily flights on the 1,230-kilometre route to Seoul Incheon (ICN). Competition is considerable on both routes, with four competing airlines on the domestic route and six on the route to South Korea.
Launch date From To WF (aircraft) Competition (WF)
29 January Tokyo Narita (NRT) Sapporo Chitose (CTS) 21 (A320) Jetstar Japan (28), Japan Airlines (21), All Nippon Airways (14), Skymark Airlines (14)
1 February Tokyo Narita (NRT) Seoul Incheon (ICN) 14 (A320) Asiana Airlines (28), Korean Air (23), Japan Airlines (14), Jeju Air (14), Eastar Jet (7), United Airlines (7)
Source: Vanilla Air, Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 4 February 2014

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