Taiwanese low-cost carrier V Air has begun operating its maiden commercial service, from Taiwan’s capital Taipei to Thailand’s capital Bangkok.
V Air’s first flight, ZV005, took off from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (IATA code TPE) at 6:40 a.m. local time (5:40 p.m. Eastern Standard Time) with a nearly full load of passengers.
The flight is estimated to land at Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) at 9:40 a.m. local time after a flight of four hours.
V Air plans to operate the Taiwan-Bangkok route daily, using an Airbus A321. V Air is a new, low-cost subsidiary of established Taiwanese carrier TransAsia Airways.
Vincent Lin, V Air’s chairman, and Eleni Lung, the airline’s CEO, are onboard V Air’s inaugural commercial flight to Bangkok, after hosting a celebration ceremony in Taipei.
In addition, the two winners who named V Air during a naming competition in March 2014 are also onboard the flight.
V Air will also launch services to another Thai destination, Chiang Mai, on January 7.
Currently, V Air has one Airbus A321 (fitted with 194 seats in all all-economy configuration) but expects to expand its fleet to five aircraft in 2015.
The carrier plans to operate new Airbus A320 and A321 jets, leased or otherwise acquired from parent company TransAsia Airways.
Its business model is to offer low fares on single-class services between Taiwan and markets in Northeast and Southeast Asia within four hours’ flying time of Taiwan.
For more information about V Air, and for bookings and fare promotions, visit www.flyvair.com.