Friday, May 23, 2014

Peach cancels 56 Okinawa – Taipei flights in August.

Peach Aviation (MM/APJ) has announced further cancellations for its Summer 2014 schedule due to pilot shortage; its daily round-trip between Okinawa/Naha (OKA/ROAH) and Taipei/Taoyuan (TPE/RCTP) will not be operated between August 3rd through 31st, affecting 56 flights. Two First Officers who were training to become Captains quitting in May has been told as the reason.
Airbus A320-214 JA806P taxies for departure at Okinawa's Naha. (Photo: Aviation Wire)

Including previously-reported disruptions (Peach outlines Summer 2014 mass cancellations.), the number of canceled flights during July and August will rise to 894, which add up to a total of 2,128 cancellations between May 1st and October 25th. The number of affected passengers stays at 27,209, as these 28 round-trips have not been on sale yet. The Osaka/Kansai (KIX/RJBB)-based LCC intends to announce the reduced timetable for September and October, however, they warn that at least 786 will be canceled.

The fledgling LCC currently employs 110 cockpit crews; 55 Captains and 55 First Officers. Compared to April, one new Captain was hired and two First Officers were promoted, while eight Captains remain on sick leave, making the total number of Captains who can work at 52.

Source: Peach Aviation, May 20th. (PDF; in Japanese)
Source: Aviation Wire, May 20th. (in Japanese)

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