Thursday, March 5, 2015

Peach announces Okinawa – Seoul.

On March 5th, Peach Aviation [MM/APJ] announced that they will launch Okinawa/Naha [OKA/ROAH] – Seoul/Incheon [ICN/RKSI] on September 4th, as they gradually expand their second hub located in the Ryukyu islands. The new service will be operated daily using 180-seat Airbus A320-200s. Meanwhile, the Naha – Fukuoka [FUK/RJFF] route will be increased to double-daily on the same day. 

Specially-themed Airbus A320-214 JA804P Violetta RUNE entered service on March 4th. The decals, in collaboration with girls' magazine Violetta and the late artist Rune Naito's RUNE GIRL, will be worn by another two aircraft until the end of 2015. (Photo: Peach)

Fares for the new flights will go on sale on March 9th at 1500 JST. A one-way Happy Peach fare, the basic ticket which only includes a 10-kilogram carry-on baggage allowance, for Naha – Incheon will start from 5,980 JPY, not including taxes and a processing fee. The same basic fare for Naha – Fukuoka will start from 4,290 JPY.

Flight Schedule:
Naha – Fukuoka increase from 1 to 2 daily with A320-200. (Mar/29 - Oct/24)
MM282 OKA 0815 – 0955 FUK 320 Daily *NEW from Sep/4.
MM288 OKA 1750 – 1930 FUK 320 Daily
MM283 FUK 1025 – 1205 OKA 320 Daily *NEW from Sep/4.
MM289 FUK 2015 – 2155 OKA 320 Daily

Naha – Seoul/Incheon NEW daily with A320-200. (Sep/4 - Oct/24)
MM905 OKA 1305 – 1515 ICN 320 Daily
MM906 ICN 1555 – 1805 OKA 320 Daily

Peach already serves Incheon three times daily from Osaka/Kansai [KIX/RJBB]. From their Okinawa hub, the growing LCC currently serves Fukuoka, Hong Kong [HKG/VHHH] (Peach commences Okinawa – Hong Kong.), Kansai, and Taipei/Taoyuan [TPE/RCTP], with Incheon to become its fifth nonstop destination. Launched in July 2014, Naha was selected by Peach with ambitions to use it as a scissors hub (Peach launches Naha hub; but Naha – Ishigaki axed.) to funnel passengers between the main islands of Japan and Southeast Asia. 

"From Naha, we eventually want to fly to Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore," CEO Shinichi Inoue said in February. For their first link to Southeast Asia, earlier reports pointed out to a launch as early as this summer, with the destination widely expected to be Thailand. Peach is already discussing with Thai airport authorities about Naha – Bangkok/Don Mueang [DMK/VTBD] (Peach mulls Okinawa – Bangkok.).

Source: Peach Aviation, March 5th. (in Japanese)

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