Japan’s Vanilla Air to be Vietjet Air’s biggest competitor
Japanese low cost carrier Vanilla Air said it will start operating in Vietnam and other Southeast Asian nations later this year. The carrier, which is owned by the ANA Holdings Group, plans to use Taipei in Taiwan (China) as its second home base to expand its operation overseas, including Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore.
The budget airline unit of ANA Holdings currently owns eight Airbus A320 aircraft. The crew fly three domestic routes and carries passengers between Narita and Taipei, Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan and Hong Kong (China).
Estimates suggest the carrier will see a 90% jump in sales for fiscal 2015 compared to 2014. It is also expected to earn 1.5 billion JPY (13 million USD) in operating profit, after an operating loss of 3.7 billion JPY (32.5 million USD) the year before.
Vanilla Air, the Japanese low-cost carrier, provided the first flight from HCMC to Tokyo, which is well-included in Vietnam Tour Packages, with transit in Taipei on September 15.
Mio Yamamuro, deputy CEO of Vanilla Air, when asked about rivals in Vietnam, named Vietjet Air, which provides many flights between Vietnam and Taipei, the same as Vanilla Air.
However, experts believe that with a powerful fleet and its business expansion plan, there is no need for Vietjet Air to be afraid of Vanilla Air, even though it has committed to provide services with ‘Japanese quality’.