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:
|Route||Number of flights per day||Vanilla Air operations end date||Date of Peach inaugural flight, operational schedule, etc.|
|Osaka (Kansai) ~ Taipei (Taoyuan)||One round trip||May 7||Operated as Peach: From June 29|
|Tokyo (Narita) ~ Okinawa (Naha)||One round trip||May 31||Operated as Peach: From June 1|
|Okinawa (Naha) ~ Taipei (Taoyuan)||One round trip||May 31||Operated as Peach: From June 28|
|Tokyo (Narita) ~ Sapporo (New Chitose)||Six or eight round trips||August 31||Operated as Peach: From September 1|
|Tokyo (Narita) ~ Amami Oshima||One round trip||August 31||Operated as Peach: From October 1|
|Osaka (Kansai) ~ Amami Oshima||One round trip||May 6||Scheduled to operate as Peach throughout the winter.*1|
|Tokyo (Narita) ~ Kaohsiung||One round trip||September 30|
|Tokyo (Narita) ~ Ishigaki||One round trip||September 30|
|Tokyo (Narita) ~ Taipei (Taoyuan)||Three round trips||October 26|
|Fukuoka ~ Taipei (Taoyuan)||One round trip||October 26|
|Tokyo (Narita) ~ Hakodate||One round trip||March 30||Abolished|
|Tokyo (Narita) ~ Hong Kong||One round trip||May 31||Abolished, and Peach will operate between Okinawa (Naha) and Hong Kong from June 28.|
|Okinawa (Naha) ~ Ishigaki||Two round trips||May 31||Abolished*2|