ANA Holdings, which is the parent company of Japan’s All Nippon Airways, is planning to create a new low-cost widebody airline brand. This is coming about as part of a restructuring due to the coronavirus crisis.
The new airline, which has not yet been identified with a name, will use Boeing 787 Dreamliners equipped with more than 300 seats.
The planes will mostly fly medium-distance routes to Southeast Asia and Oceania.
ANA said that demand for business travel probably won’t ever return to pre-pandemic levels, due to the recent growth in online conferences and meetings. The new carrier will help the company reorient itself more toward the leisure market, which they believe will “continue to remain robust.” ANA feels that market also has potential for new growth due to so many people working remotely, as well as the possibility for people to maintain multiple residencies with greater ease.
“By using the current (ANA charter wing) Air Japan entity as the foundation, the brand will be capable of responding to sudden changes in demand and begin operations quickly after its establishment,” a representative from ANA said.
The new carrier is expected to be up and running by fiscal year 2022.
The new airline will join the company’s flagship airline, ANA, along with Peach, their short-haul low budget brand. The new airline is expected to be positioned between the two.
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