Following the launch of regional flights and services to Honolulu, Hawaii, ZIPAIR Tokyo will launch its much anticipated long-haul services to Los Angeles. The new flights will make ZIPAIR Tokyo the first budget airline to connect Asia and North America.

According to ZIPAIR Tokyo, the carrier will start its Tokyo-Narita to Los Angeles flights on December 25. Operating on a thrice-weekly schedule initially, the airline will use its Boeing 787-8 aircraft with 290 seats on the route.

"Ever since the introduction of ZIPAIR, one of our key goals was to establish a flight across the Pacific and I could not be prouder to stand here today to announce the launch of our Los Angeles route. Our mission is to define a new standard in the air travel industry by offering a unique low-cost business model on long-haul international routes. ZIPAIR features a NEW BASIC travel experience by offering personalized services during the flight, which will essentially shorten the sense of time. We are eager to welcome travelers in the U.S. to personally experience this truly new concept in air travel," said Shingo Nishida, President of ZIPAIR Tokyo.

"We are thrilled to have ZIPAIR offer its service at Los Angeles International Airport, which will further strengthen the cultural and economic ties between our cities," said Becca Doten, Deputy Executive Director, Public & Government Affairs, Los Angeles World Airports. "There is a growing demand for nonstop flights between LAX and Narita International Airport, and we are pleased that ZIPAIR shares our desire to provide additional options for our guests who want to experience the food, culture, art and history of Japan and the surrounding region."

Los Angeles will be ZIPAIR Tokyo's fifth destination. The airline launched in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and currently operates flights to four destinations: Bangkok, Seoul, Singapore, and Honolulu.

ZIPAIR Tokyo is a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan Airlines (JAL). The airline was launched with the aim to operate long-haul flights with a budget airline business model.

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