V Air’s mascot V Bear was there to celebrate the airline’s seventh route launch and fourth to a Japanese destination when the LCC began thrice-weekly flights from Taipei Taoyuan to Tokyo Haneda on Friday 11 March. The airline has carried over 250,000 passengers since it began operations in December 2014.
- V Air has begun thrice-weekly A320 flights on the 2,121-kilometre route between Taipei Taoyuan (TPE) and Tokyo Haneda (HND). The airport pair is already served by Peach Aviation (daily flights) and Tigerair Taiwan (with four weekly flights). In addition, there are 11 (yes, 11) carriers operating a total of 17 flights per day between Taipei Taoyuan and Tokyo Narita. There were 137 passengers on V Air’s inaugural flight, resulting in a load factor of over 70%. This becomes the LCCs seventh route in all and fourth to Japan, with two more routes (to Ibaraki and Manila) scheduled to launch before the end of March. According to the airline it has carried over 250,000 passengers since its first route launched in late 2014. This new service departs Taiwan at 22:00 every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, arriving in Tokyo the following morning at 02:00. Return flights depart Japan at 03:00 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays getting back into Taipei at around 06:00 the same day.