Date
12 December 2017
A Vanilla Air plane with its distinctive tail is parked on an airport tarmac. The airline launches budget flights to Hong Kong on Nov. 2. Photo: Facebook
A Vanilla Air plane with its distinctive tail is parked on an airport tarmac. The airline launches budget flights to Hong Kong on Nov. 2. Photo: Facebook

All Nippon budget airline offers HK$650 seats

All Nippon Airways (ANA) will operate budget flights to Hong Kong, offering fares as low as HK$650 (US$83.50) for a single trip to Tokyo and no fuel surcharge.

The maiden flight will take place on Nov. 2, the airline said in a statement Thursday.

ANA will operate the services through Vanilla Air Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary, three times a week between Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Scheduled flights will be available Tuesdays, Thursday and Sundays until Jan. 31 after which the frequency will increase to one flight a day in the first 20 days of February and to two subsequently.

A return trip will cost HK$1,711, according to the airline’s Facebook page. Tickets will be sold starting at 1 p.m. on Thursday.

Single journeys will cost HK$770 which includes a 20-kilo baggage allowance and self-allocation of seats.

Vanilla Air, formerly Air Asia Japan, was recapitalized in 2013 and began services in December that year.

From its Tokyo hub, it flies to Taipei, Kaohsiung in the south of Taiwan and Seoul and operates three domestic routes — Sapporo, Okinawa and Amami Oshima.

Vanilla Air enters Hong Kong’s budget market dominated by three incumbents.

Peach Aviation operates services mainly between Hong Kong and Osaka. Hong Kong Express Airways flies between Hong Kong and Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka while sister carrier Hong Kong Airlines Ltd. operates between Hong Kong and Kagoshima.

Hong Kong Express offers about HK$1,630 including tax and surcharge for a single trip.

By comparison, Cathay Pacific (00293.HK) charges HK$5,990 for a single trip while ANA offers single-journey seats for HK$4,520 and Japan Airlines Co. Ltd. HK$5,020.

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Ayishah Ma is a financial reporter on Greater China issues.

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