JAL to launch long-haul LCC in 2020
The launch comes as rival ANA Holdings prepares to merge two of its budget brands –Vanilla Air and Peach – ahead of a planned launch on medium-haul routes in 2020.
Japan Airlines will establish a new Tokyo Narita-based low-cost unit focused on long-haul routes that will start operations in 2020.
The Oneworld carrier says the as-yet unnamed carrier will operate two Boeing 787-8s and fly to destinations in Asia, Europe and the Americas.
The company that will operate the new low-cost carrier will be established in June, with details on its capitalisation to be announced at a later date. It will be a consolidated subsidiary of JAL group, and fits with its strategy of developing new business streams.
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