Served by a B787-8 aircraft, the airline plans to launch flights in time for the country’s upcoming Olympic and Paralympic games.
Japan Airlines announced plans to launch a medium- to long-haul low-cost airline last year, just in time for the country’s upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games. Now, it’s been unveiled that Zipair Tokyo will start flying next summer.
At the start, the low-cost carrier will be served by two Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners on routes from Tokyo Narita to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi and Seoul-Incheon International. Zipair aims to eventually offer trans-Pacific and European flights as well, with an aim to be profitable within two years of its maiden flight.
Japan’s flag carrier said that the Zipair’s name is inspired by the English word “zip”, “which describes speed, such as how fast time can pass when traveling on a unique airline”, and also the idea of “travelling to destinations in various zip codes.” The addition of the word “Tokyo” also references its base in the Japanese capital.
Meanwhile, Zipair Tokyo has applied for an air operator’s certificate and will start to recruit staff from April onwards.
JAL, which operates short-haul, low-cost carrier Jetstar Japan in joint venture with Australia’s Qantas Airways, is believed to have set up Zipair Tokyo to compete against the budget arm of its domestic rival All Nippon Airways (ANA).
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