Vanilla Air, the wholly-owned LCC subsidiary of All Nippon Airways, launched daily flights between Tokyo Narita and Amami Oshima on 1 July. In typical Japanese tradition mascots featured prominently to liven up the launch event, to an airport located in the Satsunan Islands south of mainland Japan.
- Vanilla Air, the airline that evolved out of the original AirAsia Japan, has introduced a new destination to its Tokyo Narita (NRT) based network. On 1 July the All Nippon Airways subsidiary began daily flights on the 1,300-kilometre route to Amami Oshima (ASJ), using its 180-seat A320s. The airport is located on one of the Satsunan Islands to the south of the Japanese mainland. Although there is no direct competition, Japan Airlines offers daily flights from Tokyo Haneda to Amami Oshima. The other routes served this summer by Vanilla Air from Tokyo Narita are Sapporo Chitose (six daily flights), Okinawa/Naha (thrice-daily flights), Seoul Incheon (twice-daily flights) and Taipei Taoyuan (twice-daily flights).