Peach Air to start integrating Vanilla Air network from May 2019

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Japanese low-cost carrier Peach Air will be gradually taking over fellow LCC Vanilla Air’s route network next year as part of the merger of the two carriers.

Flight operations as Vanilla Air will end on 26 October, 2019 and the number of Vanilla Air routes and flights will gradually be reduced during the summer schedule (31 March 31 to 26 October).

Peach and Vanilla Air will merge in fiscal year 2019.

The post-merger brand will be Peach which will “strive to increase competitiveness in Asia, cultivate new demand, and secure the increase in demand to visit Japan by merging both airlines’ route networks and building on the brand strength that has accumulated”.

Peach will also use over 50 aircraft from 2020 to further enhance route network linkage between Japan and Asia, and aim to enter the medium-range LCC field to become the leading LCC representing Asia.

The route integration will be as follows:

RouteNumber of flights per dayVanilla Air operations end dateDate of Peach inaugural flight, operational schedule, etc.
Osaka (Kansai) ~ Taipei (Taoyuan)One round tripMay 7Operated as Peach: From June 29
Tokyo (Narita) ~ Okinawa (Naha)One round tripMay 31Operated as Peach: From June 1
Okinawa (Naha) ~ Taipei (Taoyuan)One round tripMay 31Operated as Peach: From June 28
Tokyo (Narita) ~ Sapporo (New Chitose)Six or eight round tripsAugust 31Operated as Peach: From September 1
Tokyo (Narita) ~ Amami OshimaOne round tripAugust 31Operated as Peach: From October 1
Osaka (Kansai) ~ Amami OshimaOne round tripMay 6Scheduled to operate as Peach throughout the winter.*1
Tokyo (Narita) ~ KaohsiungOne round tripSeptember 30
Tokyo (Narita) ~ IshigakiOne round tripSeptember 30
Tokyo (Narita) ~ Taipei (Taoyuan)Three round tripsOctober 26
Fukuoka ~ Taipei (Taoyuan)One round tripOctober 26
Tokyo (Narita) ~ HakodateOne round tripMarch 30Abolished
Tokyo (Narita) ~ Hong KongOne round tripMay 31Abolished, and Peach will operate between Okinawa (Naha) and Hong Kong from June 28.
Okinawa (Naha) ~ IshigakiTwo round tripsMay 31Abolished*2