Peach Airlines Review (Taiwan Taipei to Okinawa)

During our June vacation this year, we visited Taiwan and Okinawa in the same trip.  Being budget travellers, we flew via Scoot between Singapore and Taipei, and Peach Airlines between Taipei and Okinawa.  In case you have never heard of Peach Airlines, it is a budget airline (low cost carrier / LCC) based in Japan.

Peach Airlines Experience (Taipei – Okinawa)

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The seats on Peach Airlines were definitely not comfortable.  Leg space was pretty cramp.  I know I shouldn’t complain since it is an LCC. But considering I took another LCC, Scoot, in the same trip, I can safely say that Scoot’s seats were much more comfortable than Peach’s.  And Scoot definitely had more leg space.  It was bearable for the short 1.5 hours flight from Taipei to Naha, but I definitely wouldn’t take it for long flights.

If you are tall, you may want to consider paying for the emergency exit seats which have much more leg space.

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Emergency Exit Seats have much more leg space.



Because the flight from Taipei to Okinawa was very short, the only hot meal they served was congee.  They also had snacks, like this Japanese mochi we ended up buying. And sweets.  And that was about it.  Lesson learnt: On our return leg, we brought our own cookies to entertain the kids on the flight.  If you are returning from Japan, your luggage would definitely be full of those beautifully wrapped Japanese omiyage.  Just stash a box into your carry-on bag.

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Flight Timing

Currently, the flight timings for Taipei-Okinawa flight on Peach are as follows:

  • Depart: 0935 Taipei – 1215 Okinawa
  • Return: 0830 Okinawa – 0900 Taipei

Since the general guideline for international flights was to arrive 2 hours before the flight, the departure flight was not too bad a timing.  We stayed at Zhongli in Taoyuan the night before and could leave our hotel at around 7.10am.

The return flight was a huge problem in terms of timing.  We had to reach Naha Airport at 6.30am.  Most car rental companies were NOT open at that time.  This was one of the main reasons we had no choice but to go with OTS Rent-A-Car, which I have explained in my previous post.  The problem was made WORSE by the fact that Peach used the LCC Terminal at Naha Airport.  This meant an additional shuttle bus ride from the main terminal if you are thinking of getting to the airport via public transport.  So just imagine how early you would have to wake up to catch this flight.  (You can read our full itinerary for the trip here.  We were awake at 4.30am and checked-out of our hotel at 5am that day.  But I have shared some tips on how you can get more sleep in my post about OTS.)


The flights we took were very punctual.  Both flights departed and arrived as scheduled.

Taipei Airport

Peach used Terminal 1 at Taoyuan International Airport.  It is NOT a budget terminal, so your experience at the airport would be no different from taking a full cost carrier.  You can enjoy all the facilities there.  There was even a water cooler just before the boarding gate for you to fill up your water bottles to bring onto the plane.  You know, so you don’t have to pay for overpriced bottled water on board LCC flights.

Naha Airport

Peach used the Low Cost Carrier (LCC) Terminal at Naha Airport.  This, together with an early departure flight, was the biggest issue I had with this Peach flight which I explained earlier.  But if not for the super early flight timing, I have no complaints about using an LCC Terminal.  It was… interesting.

The LCC terminal was located together with all the warehouses for cargo and military facilities.  When we landed, we were surrounded by military planes instead of commercial planes. Which was actually pretty cool.

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The LCC Terminal was nothing more than a container warehouse.  When you get off the plane, you WALK from the plane into the terminal.  No buses, no gangway.  But I got to say, I found it very fun actually.  LOL.  And there was no belt for your luggage.  They basically unload your luggage and leave it on the floor.

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Walking to the airport from the plane at Naha LCC Terminal.


Here are photos of all there was to the public area:

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Check-in counters

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Waiting area. Yes, these were ALL the seats that were available in the public area.


And the boarding area.

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Small souvenir shop for last minute shopping.

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Vending machines to stock up drinks and snacks for the flight.

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T-Galleria DFS Pick-up Counter


Now, I really have no complaints about the lack of facilities at the LCC Terminal.  The issue I had was with transport.  You need to catch a shuttle bus if you wish to get to the main terminal at Naha Airport.  If you wish to save the hassle of doing so, there were only 4 car rental desks at the LCC Terminal, which greatly restricts your car rental options.

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And although you see 4 rental desks above, the ONLY ONE that was manned when we arrived was OTS Rent-A-Car.  If you are taking the Peach flight from Taiwan to Okinawa and want to rent a car,  I highly recommend that you go with OTS.

Overall Verdict

I have layed out all the cons of Peach Airlines for you.

  • Uncomfortable Seats
  • Early flight from Okinawa – Taipei
  • Use of LCC Terminal at Naha
  • Limited car rental options

So should you still take Peach Airlines? There is only 1 reason anyone would opt for a LCC: To save money.  What you need to do is to compare the price difference between taking an LCC and a full cost carrier and determine for yourself whether you are willing to put up with the inconveniences for that price difference.

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  • Lyida C. Lee says:

    Ah yes, the container terminal!! In Australia, it’s not that abnormal to board from the tarmac,even on major airlines…

    • bumblebeemum says:

      I know right.. I’m so spoilt by all the first-world airports that I have been to. Even when I went to Australia, I only used the airports at major cities like Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide.. Which were not anything like this container terminal.

  • S.Ching says:

    Peach sounds quite cheesy. LOL! Never been to Okinawa before, and would love to… and it is interesting to know the flight from Taiwan to Okinawa is merely 1.5hrs. Could do this when I next visit Taiwan.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Yes, I always tell Singaporeans that if they want to visit Okinawa, they should do it as part of a Taiwan trip rather than a Japan trip. Flying to Okinawa via Tokyo just doesn’t make sense.

  • Adeline says:

    Wah the airport is really super budget! Can’t believe they just unload your luggage on the floor. Hahaha. Don’t think I’ll try this airline carrier. We need plenty of leg room coz we’re not small-sized like you! 😛

  • May says:

    Wah I never knew such an airlines existed. What I like best about taking flights is the opportunity to walk from plane to airport and vice versa. Hahaha because photo opps are nice!!!!

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Haha… That’s true, the gangway is not exactly the most scenic way to board a plane. That’s why I told my hubby, “Quick, take a photo of me with the plane behind and walking to the airport!!”

  • claudiasg says:

    Now comparing this with our local LCC terminal, ours look so much nicer loh. Don’t they serve peach on board Peach? Heeee 😛

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Then Vanilla Air needs to serve vanilla ice-cream liao. (Vanilla Air is the other airline that uses this LCC terminal. Peach and Vanilla. Hahaha…)

      Yeah, our budget terminal was barely budget in comparison. Anyway it’s gone.

  • I have yet to travel on a LCC, living in Perth we have a long flight to anywhere and I couldn’t bare all the inconveniences or if I pay for the extras like food and luggage I may as well fly with full-service.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      My husband is also adamant about not taking LCC for long flights. But we made exceptions for Sydney and Gold Coast, because Scoot is SOOOOO cheap in comparison to full cost carriers for these two cities. For Singapore-Perth, the fare difference between Scoot and a full cost carrier is not so striking. After all, airport taxes make up the bulk of the cost for Australia flights. (I never got over how expensive Australia’s airport taxes are.)

  • Ai Sakura says:

    that’s really the only reason why someone would like a budget airline right… to save money!! 😛 I don’t mind for short flights but long flights, I’d definitely want to pay for comfort, convenience… and reliable timings haha.

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Surprisingly, I take LCC pretty often and only got delayed once. But yeah, for long flights, LCC can be quite a torture. Unless it is overnight flight where we just zzz all the way and can do without food / entertainment.

  • Ashlyn says:

    One thing about Okinawa is that there isn’t any direct flight but this way we get to travel to 2 places. We fly there via Hong Kong. That’s a nice route too!

  • Natalie says:

    You do really have to be prepared when travelling LLC don’t you? Sometimes for larger families its worth it for the cost savings, as long as it’s not a super early morning flight.

  • Angie.S says:

    We are also believers of Budget Airlines for short regional flights but now that you shared your experience with Peach, we would think twice about travelling on it. Sometimes when the full cost carriers have sale or offers, the pricing can be quite competitive with LCC too.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Yes yes, that is true. Even for LCC, I will only buy when there is a good sale. When there is no sale, the price is actually not much difference from full cost carrier having promo.

  • This is my first time joining into the linky! Loved your honest review – if you need to save money it is an option x

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Yes, I love LCC because they provide an option. My family travels very light (just 1 check-in bag for the whole family), and with kids I seldom have time to use the in-flight entertainment or eat. So I don’t mind taking no-frills LCC if it saves me significant amount of money. But the seats for this one were really not very comfortable, compared to Scoot Airlines. I would jump on Scoot airlines anytime if the price is good.

  • Debs G says:

    Wow, if you’re not a savvy traveller, LCC airlines and terminals must seem so scary!

  • I read from some Taiwanese family blogs that that they returned the car to OTS in another branch at Naha the day before departure. Not sure if it works for families with younger children like you. Flying by Peach would be the cheapest option, so “tahan” for 1.5 hours and save $$ for food and fun!

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Yeah, I thought about returning the car the night before. But that still didn’t solve the problem of having to reach the airport at 6.30am. Which meant we needed to take monorail to the airport, then catch the airport shuttle to the LCC terminal. With 2 sleepy kids and all our luggage. *yawnz* That’s why we decided to return the car on the morning itself and catch the shuttle straight to the LCC terminal.

  • Mummy Ed says:

    Wah, I have never even heard of Peach before, but the whole experience sounds so interesting. I think you have such a thorough review, great for anyone who is thinking of taking the same route or LCC. But maybe not me, I’ll just live vicariously through you for now heeheeeeeee.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Hahahaha… Yeah, EXPERIENCE is the word to use. I’m all for experiencing… New airlines, new hotels, new transport, new anything.. Better if it saves money. Life is short, just experience! But maybe I’ll just take the easy way out and fly China Airlines from Singapore to Okinawa (with transit in Taipei) next time.

  • The name and planes look cute. Too bad there are so many negatives. I am not sure if will survive the lack of legroom. I am pretty tall and that is one of my pet peeves when I take a flight. In some planes, I feel like I can rest my head in the front seat. I guess a short flight would be ok in an airline like this.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Yes, the lack of leg space is a real concern for tall people. I thought my 1.8m tall hubby looked a bit squashed up in his seat. But it was a 1.5 hour flight and we could save a few hundred bucks compared to the cheapest full cost carrier. So the savings did make up for the inconveniences in this case. But for a longer flight, probably not.

  • I’m all for saving a dollar, especially on flights, so if the flight times were right for us, I’d consider using them.

  • Holly says:

    Peach Airlines sounds adorable but not so awesome. I had never heard of them before so good to know.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Hahaha… I only heard of them when I started looking for flights to go to Okinawa. They mainly operate routes within Japan and nearby countries like Taiwan / Korea / Hong Kong. Oh well, I wouldn’t want to take it for long flights, just for really short flights if the pricing is attractive enough!

  • I think that’s the case with all budget airlines isn’t it? They are never very comfortable and seats are always so cramped. Great insight into your journey and very thorough! Thanks for sharing on #MondayEscapes

  • Henry says:


    Thanks to the great info

    Can now book CX straight from SH to Naha with free stopover in Hong Kong. Jun17 is 718 per pax.


  • henry says:

    BTW, is China Airlines really bad? It’s S$529/pax with stopover in taipei on the return leg. CX is 35% more expensive at S$718. For a family of 4, I am seriously thinking about the S$756 🙂

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Hahahaha.. Please forget what I said about China Airlines. It’s just my own personal trauma from watching too much Air Crash Investigations when I was younger. These days, I think all airlines are equally safe (or unsafe – whichever way you see it). So if there’s a good deal for China Airlines ($529 sounds like an awesome deal), I would take it.

  • Jovin says:

    I relied a lot on your blog to plan my Japan trips. Thanks for making an effort to record down your experiences. It is a last minute decision to include Okinawa as part of my Taiwan trip. But I hesitate to book Peach as there are a lot of negative reviews about flight delay and cancellation. I am worried that it will affect my subsequent flight from Tpe to Sin. But main carriers are costly for a 1.5hrs flight.

    • Queen Bee says:

      Yeah… It’s always a risk with low cost carriers. But I have experienced flight delays which resulted in me missing my connecting flight even with full cost carriers. Sometimes flight delays are really inevitable, due to weather or other factors. I just make sure I have travel insurance to cover that. :p

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