OSAKA – Peach Aviation Ltd. logged its 1 millionth passenger Thursday in a ceremony at Kansai airport in Osaka Prefecture.
The budget carrier, partially owned by All Nippon Airways Co., said seat occupancy since it began flying in March was at about 77 percent as of Oct. 31.
Chief Executive Officer Shinichi Inoue presented the 1 millionth passenger, Kayo Hamada, 29, with a memento and ¥100,000 voucher at the ceremony.
“I’m so glad. The fares charged by Peach are so low that I am hoping to take trips often,” Hamada, a children’s nurse from Kagoshima Prefecture, said.
Peach Aviation, based in Osaka, now operates on five domestic and three international routes.
ANA favored for new slots
The transport ministry is considering allotting another eight domestic flights per day to All Nippon Airways Co. and three to Japan Airlines Co. when landing and takeoff slots at Tokyo’s Haneda airport are increased by 25 flights a day next March, sources said.
The planned allocations favor ANA because JAL received an injection of public funds following its bankruptcy in 2010, they said Wednesday.
The rest of the slots will go to four airlines, including Skymark Airlines Inc., with each getting three or four each, they said.
JAL has 41.3 percent of the slots at Haneda, while ANA has 37.4 percent, with the rest shared by the four other carriers.
JAL ties with the Colonel
Japan’s cuisine is usually associated with the delicate flavors and textures of sushi, but the national airline is opting for an altogether more robust festive meal — KFC chicken.
Japan Airlines will be handing out offerings from Colonel Sanders on some Europe and U.S.-bound flights for three months from Dec. 1.
The carrier said it would be dishing up an Air Kentucky meal, consisting of a chicken drumstick and a breast fillet accompanied by bread, lettuce and a cup of coleslaw.
KFC is a popular choice in Japan at Christmas, an almost wholly commercial festival mainly celebrated by young lovers.