Thursday, February 26, 2015

Peach reveals Macau in the works.

Peach Aviation [MM/APJ] will start flying to Macau [MFM/VMMC], confirmed CEO Shinichi Inoue at the Aviation Festival Asia, which took place in Singapore from February 12th to 13th. Mr. Inoue did not reveal when the launch would be and from which Peach hub; Osaka/Kansai [KIX/RJBB], Okinawa/Naha [OKA/ROAH] (Peach launches Naha hub; but Naha – Ishigaki axed.), or Tokyo/Narita [NRT/RJAA] (Peach confirms Narita hub; adds Fukuoka and Sapporo.).

Two Airbus A320s of Peach rest between flights at their Kansai hub. (Photo: Peach)

"Macau is one of our next targets," said Mr. Inoue. If Peach commences Macau, it would be the first and only Japanese carrier to serve the former Portuguese colony. Currently, Kansai and Narita receive nonstop flights from Macau with only Air Macau [NX/AMU] operating the routes.

The expanding LCC just added Naha – Hong Kong [HKG/VHHH] on February 21st (Peach commences Okinawa – Hong Kong.), in addition to its twice-daily Kansai – Hong Kong flights. Mr. Inoue had earlier also confirmed that their first Southeast Asian destination would be served from Naha this summer, and the city would be announced in March; Naha – Bangkok/Don Mueang [DMK/VTBD] (Peach mulls Okinawa – Bangkok.) is rumored. "From Naha, we eventually want to fly to Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore," said Mr. Inoue, who has long talked of making Naha a scissors hub to funnel passengers between the main islands of Japan and Southeast Asia.

Macau is not as far as Southeast Asia, so it could be served nonstop from any of Peach's three hubs.

Source: Traicy, February 24th. (in Japanese)

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