Budget carrier Vanilla Air is gearing up to extend its reach into Southeast Asia. (Photo: flightsnation.com)
Japan’s budget carrier Vanilla Air, a unit of ANA
Holdings, is considering Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam
as possible new destinations, using Taipei as its second home base, the Nikkei Asian Review reported.
This will be the first time a Japanese low-cost carrier will expand operations using the so-called “beyond rights,” which allow an air carrier to offer flights between a second country and a third by using a plane that carried passengers to the second country from its home.
In an effort to break out, Vanilla Air has decided to begin flying to Southeast Asian destinations from Taipei in October or later.
Vanilla Air was established as a joint venture between ANA and Malaysia’s AirAsia. But it became a 100% subsidiary of ANA in late 2013 as the duo scrapped their joint-venture agreement.
It currently owns eight Airbus
A320 aircraft and plans to roughly triple the size of its fleet to 25 airplanes by fiscal 2020.