New brand to target resort destinations. Executives chose Vanilla Air from over 200 other names, taking a month and a half to decide. Further details in regards to destinations and ticketing costs will be announced in late September. President Ishii attributed the losses to the airline’s focus on online sales, as many Japanese customers still prefer to book flights through travel agents. Source = ETB News: P.T. Vanilla Air will begin flights in late December with two passenger planes to be leased from ANA, with plans to expand to 10 aircraft in 2015. AirAsia Japan will rebrand as Vanilla Air, following the break-up of parent companies AirAsia and All Nippon Airways (ANA). AirAsia Japan had been operating for a little over a year but was failing to register profits. “We will begin with short-distance services but want to expand the range to mid and long-distances in line with ANA’s branding strategy,” Mr Ishii said. AirAsia Japan’s 420 staff will become employees of Vanilla Air, while base operation will remain at Tokyo’s Narita Airport, serving travellers to resort destinations throughout Asia. AirAsia and ANA announced the termination of their joint venture in June 2013, with ANA acquiring full ownership of AirAsia Japan, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. “We chose vanilla as our brand name because it is popular and loved by everyone in the world,” AirAsia Japan president Tomonori Ishii said.
Source: Tesla on Twitter New Tesla Electric Pickup Render Is Bold, Reminds Us Of Ram Truck Tesla Says Model 3 & Model Y Will Both Be Equipped To Tow Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 19, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News A brief price reprieve.If you want the best deal on a new Tesla, buy before midnight Wednesday. After that, prices on the lineup — save for the base $35,000 Standard Range Model 3 — will rise by 3 percent. That price increase was supposed to happen Monday night, but according to a tweet from the automaker (embedded below), the company’s website has been hammered by customers trying to take full advantage of the opportunity. There are worse problems to have.More on the Tesla Model 3 Tesla Model 3 Review: It’s A Love This, Hate That Kind Of Car: Video Tesla prices have been confusing of late. When the California company recently announced the arrival (finally) of the long-awaited $35,000 version of its mid-size sedan, it also lowered the prices on its entire lineup. To accomplish this feat, it simultaneously said it would close most of its stores and make handle vehicle sales completely online. This turned out to be a shortlived decision.It walked back some of the closures and price drops and let customers know that the coming three-percent increase would be happening. As we noted, that change was to occur Monday at midnight but has now been pushed back until the clock strikes twelve tomorrow in California.So, if you wanted to order a new Tesla Model S, Model X, or Model 3, but couldn’t pull the trigger before the prices went up, now is your chance. And though the changes of late have been happening at a fast and furious pace, these price tags should remain fixed for at least some amount of time.Of course, that’s not to say any particular variant may not be added or subtracted. Witness, for example, the recent departure of the so-called “Lemur:” the Mid Range Model 3 variant. It had been produced only since October, providing a slightly less expensive way to get the popular electric into driveways. While we have no knowledge of any specific future changes, we do know that the only constant in the universe (outside of the speed of light in a vacuum and other physical constants) is change.Due to unusually high volume, Tesla was unable to process all orders by midnight on Monday, so the slight price rise on vehicles is postponed to midnight Wednesdayhttps://t.co/peahQBSRtd— Tesla (@Tesla) March 19, 2019