ANA - All Nippon Airways (NH, Tokyo Haneda) is considering shifting some of its B767 fleet to its Peach Aviation (MM, Osaka Kansai) and Vanilla Air (JW, Tokyo Narita) low-cost units to allow them to expand into medium-haul markets.

ANA chief executive Yuji Hirako told Reuters last week that ANA was considering using the widebody jets to open up medium-haul destinations of up to eight hours away from Japan, to the networks of the two airlines. He did not give a timeframe for the move, should it take place.

ANA currently operates a total of twenty-five B767-300(ER)s and eleven B767-300s.

In terms of operations, Peach employs nineteen A320-200s on flights covering nineteen destinations across Japan as well as South Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan, and China. For its part, Vanilla Air operates thirteen A320-200s on flights to eleven destinations in five countries including Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Despite their similarities, ANA has no plans to merge the two carriers insisting both are "successful".