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High demand crashes Japan budget airline website

TAIPEI -- The online ticket booking portal of Peach Aviation, a low-cost airline based in Japan, experienced teething troubles on its first day yesterday selling promotional tickets from Taiwan to the Japanese city of Osaka.

The online service, which attracted hectic traffic for bookings for Osaka, crashed soon after its launch at 1 p.m. that day.

Peach Aviation, a joint venture between All Nippon Airways and First Eastern Investment Group, was offering one-way tickets at just NT$1,980 (US$66.70) and NT$4,860 returns to celebrate its first Taiwan operation set to go into effect Oct. 16.

Sky Express Co., Ltd, the carrier's Taiwan agent, said the offer, which provides 20 seats per flight at the special price, will run through Thursday, but said it was unable to give details of the number of tickets sold so far as the system had not been restored as of 3:30 p.m.

The service will be expanded from an initial one return flight per day to two after Dec. 15, the travel agency said, adding that the A320 aircraft used by the budget airline has a seating capacity of around 180 passengers.

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