Sunday, February 16, 2014

Vanilla Air announces Summer 2014 schedule.

Tokyo/Narita (NRT/RJAA)-based LCC Vanilla Air (JW/VNL) revealed its Summer 2014 schedule, effective from March 30th. No new destinations were announced, however, the new timetable leaves some slack in fleet utilization, so they will probably be announcing them in due course. 100%-parent ANA Holdings, the owner of All Nippon Airways (NH/ANA), hinted Hong Kong and Micronesia (Guam and/or Saipan coming?) are possibilities.
Branded 'Flight Kitchen', Vanilla Air offers buy-on-board meals like other LCCs. (Photo: Aviation Wire)

Frequency Increases:
Narita - Sapporo/New Chitose (CTS/RJCC) from 3 to 4 daily. *5 daily April 26 - June 30 & October 1 - 25; 6 daily July 1 - September 30.

Frequency Reductions:
Narita - Okinawa/Naha (OKA/ROAH) from 4 to 3 daily. *2 daily from August 31.
Narita - Seoul/Incheon (ICN/RKSI) from 4 to 2 daily.
Narita - Taipei/Taoyuan (TPE/RCTP) from 2 to 1 daily. *From October 1.

ANA Holdings also announced that Vanilla Air would have six Airbus A320s by March 2014, eight by March 2015, and 10 by March 2016. Its fourth and fifth aircraft are secondhand aircraft to be transferred from sister carrier ANA, which will retain the 166-seat layout, which is more generous than the standard 180 seats but could complicate operations.

The fledgling carrier which only launched operations on December 20th, 2013 hopes to produce a profit by fiscal year 2016.

Source: Vanilla Air, February 14th. (in Japanese)
Source: ANA Holdings, February 14th. (in Japanese)

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