Japan's budget carrier Vanilla Air mulls flights to Vietnam: report

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Vanilla Air, a low-cost airline unit of ANA Holdings, is considering opening flights to Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam in an effort to spread its wings to the increasingly affluent Southeast Asia, Nikkei Asian Review reported on Thursday.
While details are yet to be finalized, the carrier apparently plans to use Taiwan's Taipei as a stop for the new flights which will possibly be launched as soon as this October, according to the news website.
Vanilla Air now operates four round trips from Tokyo to Taipei every day, and will start a daily round trip between Osaka and the Taiwanese city this April.
The expansion plan is the first effort to foray into long-distance flights of the carrier, whose operations have been limited to short-haul flights with a fleet of eight Airbus A320s, the website reported.
Originally a joint venture between ANA and Malaysia's AirAsia, Vanilla Air became a whole subsidiary of the Japanese group in 2013.
It was estimated to end the fiscal year 2015 with a profit of 1.5 billion yen (US$13.15 million), compared to a loss of 3.7 billion yen ($32.44 million) in 2014, according to the news report.

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