Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Peach Aviation commences Okinawa – Narita.

On February 20th, Peach Aviation [MM/APJ] launched Okinawa/Naha [OKA/ROAH] – Tokyo/Narita [NRT/RJAA] (Peach Aviation grows Okinawa; Narita and more Taipei.). It initially started out with an evening round-trip flying three times weekly, operating on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, due to limited availability of favorable slot times at Narita, but will be up-gauged to daytime hours and go daily from March 27th, the beginning of the Summer 2016 schedule. 180-seat Airbus A320s are assigned.

Airbus A320-214 JA803P departs Peach's second hub at Naha. It plans a modest fleet of 20 by October 2017 with a third hub at Narita and a fourth in Sendai. (Photo: Aviation Wire)

Inaugural flight MM508 departed Naha at 1617 JST, 17 minutes behind schedule, with a load of 168 passengers (including one infant), four flight attendants, and two pilots, and arrived at Narita at 1815, 10 minutes before the published time. A320-214 JA803P operated both legs.

Flight Schedule:
MM504 OKA 1100 – 1340 NRT 320 Daily *From Mar/27.
MM508 OKA 1600 – 1825 NRT 320 Mo/Th/Sa *Feb/20 - Mar/26.
MM505 NRT 1425 – 1715 OKA 320 Daily *From Mar/27.
MM509 NRT 1900 – 2215 OKA 320 Mo/Th/Sa *Feb/20 - Mar/26.

The Ryukyu capital became the growing LCC's fourth destination from Narita, after Fukuoka [FUK/RJFF], Osaka/Kansai [KIX/RJBB], and Sapporo/New Chitose [CTS/RJCC] (Peach starts Narita to Fukuoka and Sapporo.), and the sixth overall from the Tokyo region, as it serves Seoul/Incheon [ICN/RKSI] (Peach Aviation starts Haneda – Seoul.) and Taipei/Taoyuan [TPE/RCTP] (Peach Aviation inaugurates Haneda – Taipei.) from Tokyo/Haneda [HND/RJTT] using midnight slots. Meanwhile, Narita is the sixth city from their Naha hub, which already sees service to Fukuoka, Hong Kong [HKG/VHHH], Kansai, Seoul (Peach Aviation starts Okinawa – Seoul.), and Taipei.

The Naha – Narita route currently has three other airlines operating; All Nippon Airways [NH/ANA], subsidiary of Peach's 38.67% shareholder ANA Holdings, mainly feeds its international flights, while Jetstar Japan [GK/JJP] and Vanilla Air [JW/VNL], ANA's wholly-owned LCC arm, compete with Peach. Japan Airlines [JL/JAL] withdrew from the route in October 2014 and instead code-shares with 33% subsidiary Jetstar Japan to feed its international flights (JAL to terminate Narita – Okinawa.).

One year ago, Peach had publicly stated that Narita would become its third hub after Kansai and Naha (Peach confirms Narita hub; adds Fukuoka and Sapporo.), however, CEO Shinichi Inoue has admitted that it could be delayed due to the unavailability of favorable slot times, and hubbing Sendai [SDJ/RJSS] may end up coming before (Peach plans Sendai hub by Summer 2017.). Meanwhile, Mr. Inoue is eager to add more midnight international flights from Haneda, with Hong Kong being the most likely candidate. Peach does not have any access to daytime slots, hence a split operation for Tokyo.

Source: Aviation Wire, 2016 February 20th. (in Japanese)

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