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.
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