After months of delays and a shift to operate cargo flights, ZIPAIR Tokyo will finally launch its first passenger flights this month.
Starting October 16, the startup budget carrier plans to start passenger services between Tokyo-Narita and Seoul-Incheon. Using its Boeing 787-9 aircraft, the flights will operate on a twice-weekly basis.
Originally scheduled to begin in May, the launch of the Seoul service was postponed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The airline has been operating cargo services on the route since September 12.
Regarding the delay, ZIPAIR Tokyo President Shingo Nishida said in a statement: “Since we had more time to prepare for the start of passenger flights than we had originally planned, we have been working hard to make sure that we are ready to welcome our customers, and we hope you will enjoy the journey with Zipair.”
According to ZIPAIR Tokyo, passengers on the flights will be able to fly on standard economy or its business class product featuring its Zip Full-Flat seat. The aircraft is equipped with free wi-fi, and can use their internet enabled devices to order meals and inflight products, or “enjoy a variety” of entertainment options powered by GoMedia.
Along with the delay to launch the Seoul service, the airline also postponed its planned launch of the maiden route between Tokyo and Bangkok-Suvranabhumi earlier in the spring. The airline has been operating cargo flights to Bangkok along with the Seoul route, though there is no schedule for the launch of the Bangkok services.
Based at Tokyo-Narita, ZIPAIR Tokyo is a wholly-owned budget subsidiary of Japan Airlines (JAL) with a fleet of 2 Boeing 787-9s.