ANA HOLDINGS announces leadership changes in Vanilla Air

  • Shinichi Inoue to become new Representative Director and President as a further step towards the integration of the two LCCs Peach and Vanilla.

TOKYO, Japan, 2018-Oct-24 — /Travel PR News/ — ANA HOLDINGS INC. (hereinafter “ANA HD”) announces today change of leadership of its 100% subsidiary LCC Vanilla Air INC. (hereinafter “Vanilla”) effective Nov. 2, 2018, in preparation for the integration of its two LCCs Peach Aviation Limited (hereinafter “Peach”) and Vanilla.

ANA HD positions the integrated group LCC company as an important pillar for greater profits and new opportunities for future expansion with the aim of becoming the leading LCC in Asia.

The new integrated LCC will be capable of not only further promoting the Japan domestic service but also capturing the strong demand for visitors to Japan. In FY2020, the airline plans to enter the mid-haul LCC market and beyond FY2020, it envisions to have more than 50 aircraft operating on more than 50 routes, up from the 35 aircraft today and the 39 routes currently served.

  • 【Vanilla’s new leadership】
  • Shinichi Inoue
    Representative Director and President
    (Concurrent position: Representative Director and CEO of Peach)
  • Takeaki Mori
    Senior Executive Vice President
    (Concurrent position: Deputy CEO and COO of Peach)

Peach and Vanilla are currently in the process of integration which is scheduled to be completed in FY 2019. Therefore, we are planning to sell all of the shares of Vanilla, currently held by ANAHD, to Peach.

ANA HD intends to maximize profits by expanding the business area of the ANA Group as a whole while respecting the uniqueness of management for the LCC business as before.


Contact: ANA Corporate Communications, TEL +81-3-6735-1111,

About ANA

Following the “Inspiration of Japan” high quality of service, ANA has been awarded the respected 5-Star rating every year since 2013 from SKYTRAX. ANA is the only Japanese airline to win this prestigious designation six years in a row. Additionally, ANA has been recognized by Air Transport World as “Airline of the Year” three times in the past 10 years – 2007, 2013 and 2018, becoming one of the few airlines winning this prestigious award for multiple times.

ANA was founded in 1952 with two helicopters and has become the largest airline in Japan, as well as one of the most significant airlines in Asia, operating 84 international routes and 121 domestic routes. ANA offers a unique dual hub model which enables passengers to travel to Tokyo and connect through the two airports in the metropolitan Tokyo, NARITA and HANEDA, to various destinations throughout Japan, and also offers same day connections between various North American, Asian and Chinese cities.

ANA has been a member of Star Alliance since 1999 and has joint venture partnerships with United Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines.

Besides the full service and award winner carrier ANA, the ANA Group has two LCCs as consolidated subsidiaries, Vanilla Air Inc. and Peach Aviation Limited. The ANA Group carried 53.8 million passengers in FY2017, has approximately 39,000 employees and a fleet of 260 aircraft. ANA is a proud launch customer and the biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
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