Friday, December 20, 2013

Vanilla Air launches operations.

Vanilla Air (JW/VNL), the re-born AirAsia Japan (JW/WAJ), launched operations on December 20th. It is now controlled 100% by ANA Holdings. AirAsia Japan ceased operations on October 26th, after ANA Holdings and AirAsia (AK/AXM) dissolved their joint-venture in June, only 10 months after starting service.
Vanilla Air's check-in area at Narita's Terminal 2. (Photo: Ryosuke Yano)

From its base at Tokyo/Narita (NRT/RJAA), Vanilla Air began service to Okinawa/Naha (OKA/ROAH) and Taipei/Taoyuan (TPE/RCTP) with a single round-trip to each city. On December 28th, the former will be increased to three round-trips with the arrival of its second Airbus A320-200. Sapporo/New Chitose (CTS/RJCC) will be added on January 29th, to be followed by Seoul/Incheon (ICN/RKSI) on March 1st.

Narita - Naha new 3 daily with 32A/320.
JW801 NRT 0645 - 1005 OKA 32A/320 Daily
JW803 NRT 0840 - 1200 OKA 32A/320 Daily *From December 28.
JW805 NRT 1530 - 1850 OKA 32A/320 Daily *From December 28.
JW802 OKA 1035 - 1305 NRT 32A/320 Daily
JW804 OKA 1230 - 1500 NRT 32A/320 Daily *From December 28.
JW806 OKA 1930 - 2200 NRT 32A/320 Daily *From December 28.

Narita - Taoyuan new 1 daily with 32A/320.
JW103 NRT 1400 - 1705 TPE 32A/320 Daily
JW104 TPE 1750 - 2200 OKA 32A/320 Daily

The first two A320s are leased from AWAS in 180-seat configuration, while the third and fourth aircraft will come secondhand from sister All Nippon Airways (NH/ANA) configured with 166 seats. The fifth will arrive new from AWAS in March 2014. Vanilla Air intends to increase its fleet to eight by March 2015, and 10 by September 2015.

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