Peach Aviation’s CEO Shinichi Inoue (fourth from left) was on hand to celebrate the launch of the airline’s first service from Tokyo Haneda to Taipei Taoyuan. While facing no direct competition the Japanese LCC will face lots of indirect competition from airlines operating between Tokyo Narita and Taipei.
- Peach Aviation, the Japanese LCC, has launched its first route from Tokyo Haneda (HND). On 8 August the carrier began a six times weekly service on the short, 212-kilometre sector to Taipei Taoyuan (TPE) using its A320s. Frequency increases to daily from 24 October. According to Peach’s CEO Shinichi Inoue, “We are targeting young female travellers aged 20-30 years old.” Inoue added that of the 900,000 passengers the airline has carried on Taiwan-Japan routes since the carrier began operations in 2012, 60% have been female. Flights from Taipei depart the airport at 00:45 arriving in Tokyo at 04:45. The return leg departs Tokyo at 05:55 arriving back in Taipei at 08:30. Inoue said the schedule should work out well for young Taiwanese travellers. They can head to the airport after work to catch the flight with plenty of time to spare, save the cost of one night’s accommodation, and start their travels upon arrival. There is no direct competition on the route but several carriers, including All Nippon Airways, China Airlines, EVA Air, Japan Airlines, Scoot, Tigerair Taiwan, TransAsia Airways and Vanilla Air, all operate daily flights between Tokyo Narita and Taipei. Peach already serves Taipei from Okinawa and Osaka Kansai. The LCC also recently carried its 10 millionth passenger since launching service on 1 March 2012.