Vanilla Air will commence operations on 20 December, less than two months after the Japan AirAsia joint venture winds down on 31 October.
The carrier will initially begin daily Tokyo Narita-Okinawa and Tokyo Narita-Taipei Taoyuan services on 20 December. This will be followed by thrice daily Tokyo Narita-Sapporo Chitose on 29 January 2014, and twice daily Tokyo Narita-Seoul Incheon services on 1 March 2014.All four destinations are the same as those previously served by Japan AirAsia.
It is also eyeing the possibility of serving destinations such as Guam, Saipan and Micronesia, says an airline spokeswoman.
Vanilla will start off with two Airbus A320s, increasing to five aircraft by end of March 2014. It plans to have 10 A320s by 31 March 2016. All of the aircraft will be leased from All Nippon Airways (ANA).
In June, ANA and AirAsia announced that they will dissolve their Japan AirAsia joint venture on 31 October, following a series of disagreements over the direction of the low-cost carrier. As part of that decision, ANA agreed to pay yen (Y) 2.45 billion ($25 million) to buy out AirAsia's 49% stake in Japan AirAsia.
ANA also has a 33% stake in Osaka-based low-cost carrier Peach Aviation.