Japan’s newest low-cost carrier, Vanilla Air, has taken delivery of its first A320 in Toulouse, France. The company will start its commercial services on December 20th from Narita International Airport to Okinawa and Taipei.
Vanilla Air plans to expand its services, step by step, to Sapporo and Seoul (Incheon) and international holiday resort destinations.
The airline’s A320 has 180 seats and is equipped with Sharklet fuel saving wing tip devices and powered by CFM56 engines, the media reports.
“We are delighted to take delivery of our brand new Airbus A320,” Vanilla Air President Tomonori Ishii said. “Our aim is to be customer focused and to offer seamless and convenient services beyond expectations. Thanks to its cost efficiency and high reliability, the A320, is the ideal aircraft to fulfill our demands.”
“We congratulate Vanilla Air on becoming our newest Airbus operator,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The A320 has the lowest operating and maintenance costs of any single aisle aircraft and also offers passengers the roomiest and most comfortable cabin experience.”
Vanilla Air is owned 100 percent by ANA Holdings Inc. Before changing its name, it was known as Air Asia Japan.