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Formed in 2011 and started operations in 2012. Domestic, regional, & international, low cost carrier (LCC), scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
Osaka 549-8585, Japan
JAPAN WAS ESTABLISHED IN 660, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 377,815, SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 125 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS TOKYO, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS JAPANESE.
May 2011: Joint venture (JV) partners All Nippon Airways (ANA) and First Eastern Investment, a Hong Kong-based private equity firm, named their new Low Cost Carrier (LCC) as "Peach Aviation" operating under the brand name "Peach." (ANA) said the name "Peach" symbolizes longevity, energy and happiness (as peaches do in Japan). "Peach (PCA)'s mission is to become a completely new type of airline that links destinations in Japan, and Japan with Asia," said Peach (CEO) Shinichi Inoue.
Shinichi Inoue said (PCA) was targeting ten routes within its 1st five years and was specifically planning to serve popular point-to-point markets within 3 to 4 hours of Kansai Airport, including major cities in China, Taiwan and South Korea plus the resort markets of Guam and Saipan. He also mentioned the possibility of Peach (PCA) using less congested secondary airports to serve certain cities, such as using Saga Airport or Kitakyushu Airport to serve Fukuoka. The airline also had plans to launch flights to Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou in China, and to serve destinations in SE Asia from a 2nd hub at Naha Airport.
Peach (PCA) also unveiled its airplane design, showing an A320 in white, pink and fuschia. Services are expected to start in March 2012 from its base at Osaka Kansai.
October 2011: Japan's low-cost carrier (LCC), Peach (PCA) has received approval to launch its 1st scheduled flights.
(IATA) Code: MM. (ICAO) Code: APJ - (Callsign - AIR PEACH).
It is 33.4% owned by Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA). Hong Kong investment firm, Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ) has a 33.3% stake, while Hong Kong's First Investment Group owns the remaining 33.3% stake, the maximum foreign ownership allowed in Japan.
Parent organization/shareholders: (ANA) Holdings (38.67%); First Eastern Aviation Holdings (33.3%); Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (28%).
Starting from March 1 2012, (PCA) will operate 2x-daily flights on the Osaka - Sapporo route and 4x-daily flights on the Osaka - Fukuoka route.
The approval came from Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport shortly after the airline's application on August 23.
Peach (PCA) will launch international flights to Seoul in May 2012.
(PCA) will operate a fleet of A320s.
November 2011: Peach (PCA), Japan’s 1st low-cost carrier (LCC), has taken delivery of its first A320 in Toulouse, France, through a leasing contract with (GECAS) (GEF). (PCA) will lease 10 A320s. - - SEE PHOTO - - "PCA-A320 - 2011-11."
(PCA)’s A320 airplane seats 180Y passengers in a single-class layout and is powered by (CFM) International engines.
Peach (PCA) was established by All Nippon Airways (ANA), First Eastern Investment Group (First Eastern) in Hong Kong and Innovation Network Corporation of Japan. The Osaka-based company will start operations from Kansai airport in March 2012, 1st on domestic routes, and then internationally across Asia.
SEE ATTACHED "FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL" ARTICLE - - "PCA-2011-11 - PEACH EXPANSION."
January 2012: Peach (PCA) is now selling tickets from Osaka Kansai to 3 cities: Fukuoka, Sapporo, and Seoul Incheon. It will base its pricing on 2 fare brands: "Happy Peach" - a basic fare with separate charges for itinerary changes, all checked bags and seat assignments; "Happy Peach Plus" - includes changing itineraries, check 1 bag and obtain seat assignments for free. There are, however, no full refunds for any tickets. In addition, all passengers pay higher charges for booking by phone or at the airport.
(PCA) will begin flying to Fukuoka and Sapporo on March 1st, and to Seoul Incheon in May.
Its A320s will be configured with 180Y seats, with 18 of them "stretch" seats located in the 1st row and the 2 exit rows.
(PCA) announced that 5 new routes: Osaka Kansai (KIX) to Nagasaki (NGS), Kagoshima (KOJ), Okinawa Naha (OKA), Hong Kong (HKG) and Taiwan Taoyuan (TEP) will be available during its 2012 summer schedule.
The 2x-daily, (KIX) – (NGS) route will launch March 25, and the 2x-daily, (KIX) – (KOJ) route will begin April 1. Including the (KIX) – (OKA), (HKG), (TPE) route set to commence after the 2012 2nd quarter and the (KIX) – Fukuoka (FUK), Sapporo Shin - Chitose (CTS) and Seoul Incheon routes, Peach (PCA) will expand to a total of 5 domestic and 3 international routes.
(PCA) is preparing for its 1st flight in March 2012. (PCA) will act as Asia’s regional airline and as a bridge between Japan and the growing economies of other Asian countries.
February 2012: A320-214 (5015, JA803P), ex-(F-WWIG), (GECAS) (GEF) leased.
March 2012: Peach (PCA) commenced operations on March 1. From its base at Osaka Kansai (KIX), (PCA) now flies its A320 airplanes on 2 domestic routes. By autumn this year, the base airport’s low-cost terminal will be completed, allowing further growth in the low-cost segment. (PCA) now serves Fukuoka (FUK) in the south of the country 4x-daily, competing with (ANA)’s 2x-daily flights, while Sapporo Chitose (CTS) in the north of Japan is served 3x-daily by (PCA) in competition with (ANA)’s 35x- and (JAL)’s 28x-weekly.
May 2012: Peach (PCA) began operating its 1st international route on May 8. (PCA) now flies daily from Osaka Kansai (KIX) to Seoul Incheon (ICN), the main airport serving the capital of South Korea, using its A320s. The market is highly competitive, with 5 airlines already operating the route; Asiana (AAR) and Korean Air (KAL) each 3x-daily, Eastar Jet (EJS) 2x-daily, and (ANA) plus Jeju Air (JJA) each daily.
June 2012: A320-214 (5166, JA804P) sold to Zen Nikku Shoji Adria Leasing and leased back.
October 2012: Peach (PCA), the Japanese low-cost carrier (LCC) based at Osaka Kansai (KIX) that just received its 5th 180Y-seat A320, launched 2 new routes in the last week; one international and one domestic. On October 16, (PCA) launched a daily service to Taiwan’s main airport Taipei Taoyuan (TPE) in competition with 6 other airlines; China Airlines (CHI)’s 17 weekly flight as well as each 2x-daily flights on (JAL) and Jetstar Asia (JSA), and daily flights on TransAsia (FSH), Cathay Pacific (FCAT) and (EVA) Air. In mid-December, frequencies are scheduled to double to 2x-daily. On October 18, (PCH) also began operating the domestic route to Okinawa (OKA), the island located between Japan’s larger islands and Taiwan. The 2x-daily connection competes with (ANA)’s 34, Japan Transocean Air (SWL)’s 21, Skymark (SKM)’s 21 and (JAL)’s 6x-weekly flights; however, Peach (PCH)’s new low-cost rival, Jetstar Japan is also due to enter the route at the start of the winter scheduling season, initially daily and then with 2x-daily frequencies.
December 2012: (GE) Capital Aviation Services Limited (GECAS) (GEF) announced it delivered 3 new leased A320 airplanes to Japanese low-cost carrier (LCC) Peach (PCA) to expand (PCA)’s fleet.
Since 2011, (GEF) has delivered 6 new leased A320s to (PCA).
March 2013: Peach (PCA) is looking at several potential markets in SE Asia as part of a new base in the southern Japanese island of Okinawa. The low-cost carrier (LCC) is bullish on the Okinawa market, which it already serves from its Osaka Kansai base.
(PCA) is planning domestic expansion at Naha on Okinawa, starting with service to Shin Ishigaki in September 2013. It aims to start international operations at Naha as soon as the airport’s low-cost terminal, which opened specifically for (PCA) in October 2012, is upgraded to handle international flights.
(PCA) expects the Okinawa base will attract a high volume of transit passengers heading from its various destinations in Japan to SE Asia. But at least for now, (PCH) plans to rely on self-connections rather than offer a connecting product. (PCH) already sees a large number of self-connections coming from its international destinations, particularly Hong Kong.
April 2013: Inaugurated on April 12, Japanese low cost carrier (LCC) Peach (PCA) has started operations on the 655 km route from its Osaka Kansai (KIX) hub to Sendai (SDJ). Both cities are located on Japan’s main island of Honshu. The 2x-daily flights, flown by (PCA)’s 180Y-seat A320s, are planned to be upgraded to 3x-daily from September 1st, 2013.
June 2013: A320-214 (5640, JA809P "Wing of Tohoku" *), ex-(F-WWIK), (GEF) leased. *the name came following a contest in which 60 elementary students from the Tohoku region submitted entry proposals.
July 2013: Financial year through June 2013, revenue was JPY 14.3 billion, operating loss: JPY 900 million. Traffic: 3 million passengers by September 2013.
The All Nippon (ANA)-backed low cost carrier (LCC) Peach (PCA) announced its intention to fly from its Osaka Kansai base to Tokyo Narita this fall.
September 2013: Peach (PCA), the Japanese low cost carrier (LCC) in which All Nippon Airways (ANA) has a major stake, launched two new routes on September 13. Daily flights have been introduced between (PCA)’s base at Osaka Kansai (KIX) and Busan (PUS) in South Korea, a sector length of just 570 km. Competition on the route comes from Air Busan (ABN), Asiana Airlines (AAR), and Korean Air (KAL), who all operate the route with 2x-daily flights. Peach (PCA)’s 2nd new route is between Okinawa (OKA) and Ishigaki (ISG), which are both cities on separate islands south of mainland Japan. Competition on this route will be particularly fierce with (ANA) operating 8x-daily flights, Japan Transocean Air (SWL)'s 9x-daily flights, and Skymark Airlines (SKM)'s 4x-daily flights. (PCA)’s current fleet comprises 10 A320s.
Peach (PCA) offers service to the following destinations:
Fukuoka Airport, Ishigaki Airport; Kagoshima Airport; Kansai International Airport (Peach (PCA) Main Base); Maysuyama (February 1st, 2014); Nagasaki Airport; Okinawa Naha Airport; Sapporo (Shin-Chitose); Sendai Airport, Tokyo Narita International Airport (starting October 27, 2013).
* Hong Kong
Hong Kong International Airport.
* South Korea
Busan - Gimae International Airport
Seoul - Incheon International Airport.
Taipei - Taiwan Taoyuanj International Airport.
October 2013: Peach (PCA) has added another new route to its network by linking Okinawa (OKA) and Taipei Taoyuan (TPE) with a daily service. The 657 km service connecting Japan and Taiwan, will face competition from China Airlines (CHI) (15 weekly flights), TransAsia Airways (FSH) (7x-weekly flights), and Mandarin Airlines (MDN) (4x-weekly flights). Peach (PCA) thus becomes the 1st Japanese airline to start a new international route from Okinawa in over a decade.
Peach (PCA), the fast-expanding Japanese low cost carrier (LCC), has finally started its 1st service to Tokyo Narita (NRT) from its base at Osaka Kansai (KIX). Flights on the 490 km route began on October 27 with (PCA) operating 2x-daily using its 180-seat A320s. A 3rd daily frequency will be added early in 2014. This bring to 12 the number of destinations served by Peach (PCA) from Osaka Kansai, 8 domestic and 4 international. Direct competition is provided by Jetstar Japan (JJP), which operates the same route with 4 daily flights. Indirect competition comes from a combination of (ANA), Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS) and StarFlyer (STF) who operate a total of 16 daily flights between Kansai and Tokyo Haneda Airport.
December 2013: Peach Aviation (PCA) signed Mariko Shinoda, former team captain with the Japanese AKB48 girl idol pop group, as a "company ambassador" to promote the start of its Osaka (Kansai) - Tokyo (Narita) route. A320 (JA805P) is now the "Mariko Jet" - - SEE PHOTO - - "PCA-2013-12 - A320 MARIKO JET."
January 2014: Peach Aviation (PCA) on January 18th launched its second route to Taiwan, with the introduction of daily flights on the 1,960 km sector from Osaka Kansai (KIX) to Kaohsiung (KHH). Competition on the route comes from China Airlines (CHI) who serve the market with 5x-weekly flights. (PCA)’s 1st route to Taiwan, to Taipei Taoyuan, launched in October 2012. (PCA), which launched on March 1st 2012, currently operates to 13 destinations from its Osaka Kansai base, using its fleet of 11 A320s.
February 2014: Peach Aviation (PCA) continues to expand its domestic network in Japan with the addition of Matsuyama (MYJ) to its network. On February 1st, 2x-daily flights were launched on the 245 km sector from Osaka Kansai (KIX) using (PCA)’s 180Y-seat A320s. (PCA) will face no competition on the airport pair. This is now (PCA)’s 9th domestic route from Osaka Kansai since it began operations on March 1st, 2012. (PCA)’s fleet now comprises 11 A320s.
April 2014: A shortage of pilots (FC) is forcing Japan’s Peach Aviation (PCA) to cancel 488 flights during May and June. (PCA) said the cancellations are “with extreme regret,” but said the decision was made to “maintain efficient and safe operations.” Up to 2,088 flights between May 19 and October 25 may be affected.
The low-cost carrier (LCC) (PCA) said it managed to keep the flight cancellation rate to 0.96%, which is a “remarkably low number among (LCC)s.” However, it said the increasingly competitive environment has created “a sudden rise in demand for flight crew (FC) throughout the industry, leading to a shortage in personnel. In addition, there have been an unexpected number of absentees for health reasons among Peach (PCA)’s flight crew (FC)."
Peach (PCA), a joint venture (JV) between All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Hong Kong’s First East Investment, launched operations in March 2012.
(PCA) said it was making “every effort to find alternative arrangements” for customers, including switching them to other available (PCA) flights free of charge, or offering full refunds. (PCA) said it would announce any further changes to the flight schedule from July onwards on April 30.
In the meantime, Peach (PCA) said it would “embark upon an even more proactive hiring strategy for flight crew (FC) to alleviate the current situation and to assure customer satisfaction.”
July 2014: Peach Aviation (PCA) commenced its 2nd route to Fukuoka (FUK), with the addition of services from Okinawa (OKA) on July 19th. The low-cost carrier (LCC) is already serving Fukuoka with 2x-daily flights from Osaka Kansai. The 863 km sector to the capital of the Fukuoka Prefecture will be served daily, utilizing the carrier’s 180Y-seat A320s. Competition on the new domestic route is provided by All Nippon Airways (ANA) (56 weekly flights), Japan Transocean Air (SWL) (43) and Skymark Airlines (SKM) (21).
November 2014: Peach Aviation (PCA) has reported its maiden profit after just >2 years of operations. At a 6.5% operating margin, (PCA)'s performance was better than part-owner All Nippon Airways (ANA)'s 4.1% operating margin.
February 2015: Peach Aviation (PCA) has added its 2nd international route from Okinawa (OKA), with the start of a 4x weekly services to Hong Kong (HKG) on February 21st. The Okinawa - Hong Kong route is (PCA)’s 7th international service and it is the 4th route departing from its Naha hub, which also includes the two domestic routes to Osaka Kansai, its primary hub, and Fukuoka. The 1,431 km city pair is operated (PCA)’s 180Y seat A320s and will face direct competition from Hong Kong Airlines (CRY) (double-daily) and Dragonair (DRG) (four times weekly).
Peach (PCA) has also flagged plans to expand its fleet by 25 - 30 airplanes next year.
The Okinawa market is already congested by Jetstar Pacific (PAH), Vanilla Air (VNL), Hong Kong Airlines (CRY) and Dragonair (DRG) (but saw a nearly +68% increase in 2013 by visitors from Taiwan).
(PCA), a joint venture (JV) between Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) and the Hong Kong-based First Eastern Investment Group, flies 17 airplanes, with +6 more on order.
Inoue said the new schedules will “bring expectations of expanded inbound traffic from various Asian countries.” November and December 2104 saw an overall jump of +100% in Chinese tourist numbers visiting Japan, compared to the year-ago months.
March 2015: Peach Aviation (PCA) is continuing its home-market growth by boosting services at its secondary hub in Naha, Okinawa.
(PCA) will introduce a new route from Naha to Seoul, and also add a 2nd daily flight to its Naha - Fukuoka route. Both new flights are scheduled to begin September 4. (PCA) currently has 4 routes from Naha, including international flights to Taipei and Hong Kong.
The increase of Naha flights aligns with (PCA)’s strategy of building up hubs outside its main base at Osaka Kansai International Airport. Naha is its 2nd such hub, with (PCA) launching flights from there to Taipei in September 2013. The Fukuoka route was added in July 2014, and (PCA) began basing an airplane in Naha at the same time. The Hong Kong route launched February 21. (PCA) has previously expressed interest in making Naha a connecting hub between other Japanese cities and SE Asian destinations.
(PCA) recently announced plans to open a 3rd hub at Tokyo Narita International Airport. It will start with 2 domestic routes from March 29, although it will not base airplanes there initially. The airline has indicated it is looking to open further hubs, both in Japan and overseas.
(PCA) has confirmed it is considering applying for slots at Tokyo Haneda.
Peach Aviation (PCA) has unveiled plans to open a new base in Sendai, just a month after revealing its intention to add a hub at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport.
One of (PCA)’s strategic goals has been to diversify its network by adding hubs outside its main base at Osaka Kansai. It has quickly followed through on this aim by announcing the locations of its next 2 hubs and by expanding its existing secondary hub in Okinawa.
(PCA) said Sendai will become its 4th hub by the summer of 2017. “Airplanes will be parked at Sendai [overnight] to serve multiple routes, both domestic and international,” Peach (PCA) said. (PCA) would not divulge the new routes it is considering, although the new routes will be within 4 hours flying time on (PCA)’s Airbus A320s.
Sendai is the main airport for the NE coastal region of Tohoku, and the airport was extensively damaged during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
(PCA) currently flies one round-trip Sendai - Osaka Kansai route 3x-daily. It launched the flight in April 2013, and is the only one of Japan’s new (LCC)s to serve Sendai. However, others such as All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS) and Skymark Airlines (SKM) operate domestic flights at the airport, and some overseas airlines fly there as well.
On February 10, (PCA) outlined plans to build Narita into its 3rd hub. (PCA) will launch daily flights from Narita to Sapporo, and 2x-daily service from Narita to Fukuoka, with both to begin March 29. Currently, (PCA) only has one Narita route, which connects to its main hub at Osaka Kansai.
(PCA) executives described the new Narita routes as a 1st step, with further expansion at the airport to follow. They also said additional hub locations (both domestic and overseas) were being considered.
Okinawa’s Naha airport was the 1st hub established by Peach (PCA) outside Kansai. It recently increased its network from Naha, adding a flight to Seoul and a second daily flight to Fukuoka. This brings its total routes from Naha to 3 international and 2 domestic.
July 2015: Peach Aviation (PCA), Japan's low cost carrier (LCC), has selected "FlySmart with Airbus" on IpAD, the Airbus Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) solution.
(PCA) pilots (FC) will consult all their Airbus (EDS) flight operational manuals on iPads. They will also be able to compute their aircraft performance calculations, which will provide them with optimized and accurate results on any runway of their operational route network.
Shinichi Inoue Representative Director & (CEO), Peach Aviation (PCA) said "FlySmart with Airbus (EDS) will allow us to realize optimized operations and to remove paper, thus reducing associated costs. We consider this solution as a real asset for our future operations to further improve the quality of our service."
In addition, Peach Aviation (PCA) will also benefit from the service of "(EFB) Assessment & (EFB) Operational Approval Assistance" called "APPROVE4Flight" and provided by Airbus Flight Operations Services.
The service is on-site support for the compliance dossier including an analysis of the existing organization and processes, and the definition of Peach Aviation (PCA) (EFB) implementation plan based on Airbus Flight Operations Services recommendations and best practices.
Peach Aviation (PCA) operates 15 A320 airplanes and will take delivery of +5 additional A320s starting in July 2015.
2 A320-214 (6640, JA815P; 6674, JA816P) leased from (ANA) Trading Lyra and (SMBC) Aviation Capital.
August 2015: Peach Aviation (PCA) has launched its 1st route from Tokyo Haneda (HND). On August 8, (PCA) began a 6x-weekly service on the short, 212 km sector to Taipei Taoyuan (TPE) using its A320s. Frequency increases to daily from October 24. According to (PCA)’s (CEO) Shinichi Inoue, “We are targeting young female travelers aged 20 - 30 years old.” Inoue added that of the 900,000 passengers (PCA) has carried on Taiwan - Japan routes since (PCA) began operations in 2012, 60% have been female. Flights from Taipei depart the airport at 00:45 arriving in Tokyo at 04:45. The return leg departs Tokyo at 05:55 arriving back in Taipei at 08:30. Inoue said the schedule should work out well for young Taiwanese travelers. They can head to the airport after work to catch the flight with plenty of time to spare, save the cost of one night’s accommodation, and start their travels upon arrival. There is no direct competition on the route but several carriers, including All Nippon Airways (ANA), China Airlines (CHI), (EVA) Air, Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JSA), Scoot (SCT), Tigerair Taiwan (TTW), TransAsia Airways (FSH), and Vanilla Air (VNL), all operate daily flights between Tokyo Narita and Taipei. Peach (PCA) already serves Taipei from Okinawa and Osaka Kansai. (PCA) also recently carried its 10 millionth passenger since launching service on March 1st, 2012.
Peach Aviation (PCA) on August 28 launched daily flights between Osaka Kansai (KIX) and Miyazaki (KMI) on the island of Kyushu, using its A320s. (PCA) does not face any direct competition on the 452 km route, but All Nippon Airways (ANA) (6x-daily flights) and Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS) (5x-daily flights) both operate between Osaka Itami and Miyazaki. This brings to 15, the number of destinations served by (PCA) from Osaka’s international airport, 10 domestic routes and five international.
September 2015: Peach Aviation (PCA) has expanded its international network with the launch on September 4 of a daily service from Okinawa (OKA) to Seoul Incheon (ICN). The 1,259 km route will be operated by (PCA)’s A320s and will face competition from Asiana Airlines (AAR), Jeju Air (JJA) and t’way air (TWY), all of whom already serve the market with daily flights. (PCA) already serves Seoul Incheon with daily flights from Osaka Kansai, while Seoul becomes (PCA)’s 5fifth route from Okinawa after Fukuoka, Hong Kong, Osaka Kansai, and Taipei Taoyuan. Peach (PCA) (CEO), Shinichi Inoue commented: “The Seoul route is now the third international route arriving and departing at Naha Airport. With the start of service for this route, I am confident that we will be able to attract the robust demand for tourism to Japan and further increase the number of tourists visiting Okinawa.”
November 2015: A320-214 (6824, JA817P), ex-(F-WWBZ), (SMBC) Aviation leased.
February 2016: News Item A1: Peach Aviation (PCA) now links Tokyo Haneda (HND) with Seoul Incheon (ICN). This is (PCA)’s 4th route to the busiest South Korean airport, but only its 2nd route from Tokyo Haneda (the other being Taipei Taoyuan). On February 5, (PCA) began flights on the 1,207 km route between the 2 airports using its A320s. Competition is provided by Korean Air (KAL), who also operate a daily flight. Flights depart Seoul at 22:50 arriving in Japan at 01:10 the following morning. Flights then depart Tokyo at 02:00 getting in to South Korea at 04:35.
News Item A-2: Peach Aviation (PCA) has grown its portfolio of domestic routes with the introduction on February 20 of 3x-weekly (Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays) flights on the 1,611 km route from Tokyo Narita (NRT) to Okinawa (OKA). The airport pair is already flown by Jetstar Japan (3x-daily), All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Vanilla Air (VNL) (both daily). This brings to 24 the number of routes the low cost carrier (LCC) now operates, of which 14 are domestic and 10 are international. (PCA) now serves 4 destinations non-stop from Tokyo Narita and 6 from Okinawa. According to Airbus (EDS) data, (PCA) currently operates 17 A320s.
November 2016: Peach Aviation (PCA) has signed a firm order for 10 Airbus A320neos and 3 A320ceos, it was announced on November 18.
The deal marks the 1st sale of an A320neo narrow body to a Japanese low cost carrier (LCC) and the latest in Airbus (EDS)’ break into the Japanese market, traditionally a Boeing (TBC) stronghold.
Peach (PCA) said the A320ceo aircraft would be delivered in 2018 and be powered by (CFM) International (CFM56)s. Deliveries of the A320neos will start in summer 2019 and engine selection has yet to be made; options are the (CFM) (LEAP) or Pratt & Whitney (PRW) (GTF).
(PCA), in which (ANA) Holdings has a 38.7% share, also said its existing fleet of 18 A320ceos plus 2 on order would be updated to A320neo standard from 2019.
Airbus (EDS) said the order put its total orders for A320neos at about 4,800 from 88 customers. Over the past 5 years, (EDS) has broken into the Japanese market, winning >100 orders and commitments from Japanese airlines, including 31 firm and 25 options for the A350 wide body for Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JSA) and 37 A320s and 3 A380s for (ANA).
Speaking in Manila on the sidelines of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) 60th Assembly of Presidents, Airbus (COO) Customers John Leahy said that (EDS) had been “frustrated for many years because Boeing (TBC) had a lock” on the Japanese market, but knew things would change “if we could get the camel’s nose under the tent.” Airlines like Peach (PCA), he said, were “really doing a solid job and opening our product to a broader market place. It’s a double win for us.”
December 2016: Peach Aviation (PCA) plans to further develop its secondary hub in Okinawa with a new route to Bangkok. The Bangkok route will be served daily by one of (PCA)’s Airbus A320s, beginning February 19. This will be (PCA)’s 4th international route from Okinawa, joining flights to Hong Kong; Taipei, Taiwan; and Seoul. Peach (PCA) also flies to 3 Japanese domestic destinations from Okinawa. (PCA)’s main hub is at Osaka Kansai.
February 2017: All Nippon Airways (ANA) Holdings has extended control over Japanese low-cost carrier (LCC) Peach Aviation (PCA), as it acquires a greater share of the joint venture. (ANA) Holdings has reached an agreement with the other 2 major shareholders in (PCA) to increase its holding to 67%. The share transfer is scheduled to occur April 10, if permission from relevant authorities is granted. (ANA) Holdings currently owns 38.7% of (PCA), with partners First Eastern Aviation Holdings and Innovation Network.
February 2018: News Item A-1: Japan’s (ANA) Holdings (the parent company of All Nippon Airways (ANA), Peach Aviation (PCA) and Vanilla Air (VNL)) expects profits at its 2 low-cost carrier (LCC) affiliates to grow fastest until 2022 as the carriers continue to expand. (ANA), which published its mid-term corporate strategy for 2018 to 2022 on February 1, expects the 2 carriers to double their operating income in the next 5 years as they grow the fleet from the current 35 airplanes to 55. Peach (PCA)’s main base is at Kansai International.
News Item A-2: "Jetstar Japan to Boost Fleet Expansion" by Adrian Schofield, (ATW) Daily News, February 17, 2018.
Japanese (LCC) Jetstar Japan (JJP) intends to ramp up its fleet expansion rate over the next few years, following a period of relatively low growth.
(JJP) plans to add 3 Airbus A320s in 2018, which will boost its fleet to 24, an airline spokesman said. (JJP) expects its fleet total to rise by 4 more in 2019, giving it 28 of the aircraft by the end of that year.
This represents a significant change in momentum for (JJP). The last time Jetstar Japan (JJP) added an A320 was in March 2017, and prior to that, its fleet size remained unchanged from December 2014. (JJP) is a joint venture between Japan Airlines (JAL) and the Qantas (QAN) Group.
For the upcoming northern-hemisphere summer season, (JJP) will fly 12 domestic routes, as well as international services to Hong Kong; Manila, Philippines; Shanghai; and Taipei, Taiwan.
This is an increase of 1 route for both the domestic and international networks compared to summer 2017. (JJP) added a flight from Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT) to Shanghai Pudong International Airport in June 2017, and a domestic route from (NRT) to Miyazaki in December. (JJP)
does not have any plans to add more international destinations at the moment, the spokesman said.
Rival Japanese (LCC)s are also planning fleet growth over the next few years. Peach (PCA) intends to add 3 A320s in the fiscal year beginning April 1, which would increase its fleet to 23. Vanilla Air (VNL) is scheduled to receive its 15th A320 before the end of March, and another is scheduled to arrive in the subsequent fiscal year.
Both Peach (PCA) and Vanilla (VNL) are subsidiaries of (ANA) Holdings, and the parent company has said it wants to boost its combined (LCC) fleet to about 55 aircraft by 2022.
March 2018: "(ANA) Subsidiaries Peach, Vanilla Study Potential Merger"
by Adrian Schofield, (ATW) Plus, March 19, 2018.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) (LCC)s Peach Aviation (PCA) and Vanilla Air (VNL) are reportedly holding discussions regarding a potential merger. According to local media, the negotiations are aimed at combining the 2 operations by 2020, most likely under the Peach (PCA) brand. When asked about the reports, (ANA) told (ATW)’s sister publication Aviation Daily, “At this time, we are not able to comment on any speculation or confirm any details.”
Later, however, All Nippon Airways (ANA) has confirmed it will merge its (LCC) subsidiaries Peach Aviation (PCA) and Vanilla Air (VNL), after boosting its shareholding in (PCA). The process of fully integrating the 2 (LCC)s will begin in the 2nd half of (ANA)’s 2018 fiscal year, which begins April 1. Parent company (ANA) Holdings aims to complete the merger by the end of (FY) 2019. The company was previously reported to be considering such a move. The integrated carrier will be based on (PCA), which is the larger of the 2 airlines.