V Air launched its inaugural Manila-Taipei flight last Sunday with evening flights every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. It uses A320 and A321 aircraft that can seat 180 and 194 passengers, respectively, in an all-economy configuration.
The Taiwanese carrier is also planning to have direct flights from Taiwan to Kalibo, Puerto Princesa and Cebu.
“There are more younger travelers coming to the Philippines. Our roundtrip fares are about P3,000 and I think the competitors’ prices are double,” V Air Chief Commercial Officer Bernard Hsu said in an interview at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport after the inaugural flight.
It will go up against local budget carrier Cebu Pacific and flag carrier Philippine Airlines, as well as China Airlines and EVA Air. “Most of them are full-service airlines, except Cebu Pacific, but Cebu Pacific departs early morning, not at night,” he added.
V Air has already secured government approval to offer daily flights, which it hopes to launch by the second half of the year depending on the initial market reception.
“Young travelers also want to go to the beach and tourism destinations because Manila is more on business and shopping. We want to provide them a combination of both, so they may enter through Manila and spend a few days in Kalibo then fly back to Taiwan,” he explained.