As part of a business restructuring plan to strengthen its operations for future growth beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) announced plans to retire more widebody aircraft. The airline also revealed plans to start a new budget airline.
According to ANA, the Tokyo-based airline will increase the number of aircraft to be retired this year from 7 to 35. Of the 35 jets to be retired, the majority will be made up of 22 Boeing 777s.
ANA's budget airline Peach Aviation will also see a reduction of its fleet by 2 jets, from 35 to 33 by year's end. Peach Aviation operates an all Airbus A320/A321 fleet.
New Budget Airline
Along with the plans to retire 35 jets, ANA announced plans to start a third airline brand – a budget airline – by fiscal 2022. Aimed to serve medium-distance destinations, ANA stated the airline could serve destinations in Southeast Asia and Oceania.
The new budget carrier will be based on ANA Group's Air Japan entity be be capable of “responding to sudden changes in demand and begin operations quickly after its establishment.”
ANA's unnamed budget carrier will operate an all-Boeing 787 jets that the airline will configure with +300 seats in a simple, two-class configuration.It will be the second budget brand for the ANA Group after Peach Aviation, which serves short-haul routes within Japan and regional destinations from its hubs at Tokyo-Narita and Osaka-Kansai.