|Founded||31 July 2018|
|Commenced operations||3 June 2020|
|Frequent-flyer program||ZIPAIR Point Club|
|Parent company||Japan Airlines|
|Headquarters||Narita, Chiba, Japan|
|Key people||Shingo Nishida (President)|
ZIPAIR, officially ZIPAIR Tokyo Inc. (株式会社ZIPAIR Tokyo, Kabushiki-gaisha Jippu-ea Tōkyō), is a Japanese low-cost airline headquartered on the grounds of Tokyo Narita Airport. Initially founded in 2018, the airline is a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan Airlines, from which it leases its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Operations launched on 3 June 2020 as a cargo-only airline due to restrictions on passenger traffic related to the COVID-19 pandemic, before passenger operations launched on 16 October 2020.
Japan Airlines (JAL) announced in May 2018 that it planned to launch a new international low-cost carrier (LCC) during mid-2020, which was to compete with other Asian carriers attempting to expand into the Japanese market, such as AirAsia X. JAL established a wholly owned subsidiary for preparing the business, legally incorporated as T.B.L. Co., Ltd. (株式会社ティー・ビー・エル, Kabushiki-gaisha Tī Bī Eru, standing for "To Be Launched"), in July that year. It was estimated that the airline would commence operation in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics.
In March 2019, the brand of the new carrier was named ZIPAIR, referencing the words "Zip", which represents speed, and "ZIP Code". Subsequently, T.B.L. was renamed to "ZIPAIR Tokyo Inc." ZIPAIR's planned operations consisted of international flights from Narita International Airport to Bangkok and Seoul, launching on 14 May and 1 July 2020 respectively with Boeing 787-8 aircraft transferred from JAL. The airline planned to launch additional destinations in Asia, while flights to the United States were planned to be added by 2021.
In early 2020, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on aviation disrupted ZIPAIR's plans for its launch of operations, with Thailand banning all incoming passenger flights from 4 April 2020, and the Japanese government introducing strict border enforcement measures. Under these circumstances, ZIPAIR announced on 9 April 2020 that its launch of service would be postponed until further notice, although the airline later in the month also applied with the US Department of Transportation for the operation of a route to Honolulu to begin on 25 October 2020. On 21 May 2020, it was announced that the airline had submitted an application to the Japanese authority for the launch of cargo flights between Tokyo and Bangkok to meet the needs for air cargo during the suspension of passenger flights. ZIPAIR proceeded to launch services on 3 June 2020, initially as a cargo airline, with its fleet of Boeing 787-8 aircraft.
Following its launch as a cargo-only airline, ZIPAIR inaugurated its passenger services on 16 October 2020. The following month on 20 November 2020, the airline announced the details of its first route to the United States, with flights between Tokyo Narita and Honolulu launching on 19 December 2020. On 20 July 2021, the airline announced a new service between Tokyo Narita and Singapore, with flights launching on 7 September 2021. On 28 October 2021, the airline added a third aircraft to its fleet with a Boeing 787-8 transferred from Japan Airlines. On 12 November 2021, the airline announced a new service between Tokyo Narita and Los Angeles, to begin on 25 December 2021.
As of December 2021[update], ZIPAIR operates to the following destinations:
|Japan||Tokyo||Narita International Airport||Hub|||
|South Korea||Seoul||Incheon International Airport|||
|United States||Honolulu||Daniel K. Inouye International Airport|||
|Los Angeles||Los Angeles International Airport|||
As of November 2021[update], the ZIPAIR fleet consists of the following aircraft:
|Boeing 787-8||3||—||18||272[a]||290||Leased from Japan Airlines|
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