株式会社ZIPAIR Tokyo
Kabushiki-gaisha Jippu-ea Tōkyō
ZIPAIR logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
FoundedJuly 31, 2018; 4 years ago (2018-07-31)[1]
Commenced operationsJune 3, 2020; 2 years ago (2020-06-03)
Frequent-flyer programZIPAIR Point Club
Fleet size4
Parent companyJapan Airlines
HeadquartersNarita, Chiba, Japan[1]
Key peopleShingo Nishida (President)[1]

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.[2][3] 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.[4][5] Operations launched on June 3, 2020 as a cargo-only airline due to restrictions on passenger traffic related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and passenger operations launched on October 16, 2020.[6][7]


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.[8] 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.[4][9][10] It was estimated that the airline would commence operation in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics.[11]

In March 2019, the brand of the new carrier was named ZIPAIR, referencing the words "Zip", which represents speed, and "ZIP Code".[2][12] Subsequently, T.B.L. was renamed to "ZIPAIR Tokyo Inc."[2] ZIPAIR's planned operations consisted of international flights from Narita International Airport to Bangkok and Seoul, launching on May 14 and July 1, 2020, respectively with Boeing 787-8 aircraft transferred from JAL.[2][3][5][13] The airline planned to launch additional destinations in Asia, while flights to the United States were planned to be added by 2021.[5][14][15][16]

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 April 4, 2020,[17] and the Japanese government introducing strict border enforcement measures.[18] Under these circumstances, ZIPAIR announced on April 9, 2020 that its launch of service would be postponed until further notice,[19] although later that month the airline applied with the US Department of Transportation for the operation of a route to Honolulu to begin on October 25, 2020.[20] On May 21, 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.[6] ZIPAIR proceeded to launch services on June 3, 2020, initially as a cargo airline, with its fleet of Boeing 787-8 aircraft.[6][21][22]

Following its launch as a cargo-only airline, ZIPAIR inaugurated its passenger services on October 16, 2020.[7] The following month, on November 20, 2020, the airline announced the details of its first route to the United States, with flights between Tokyo Narita and Honolulu launching on December 19, 2020.[23] On July 20, 2021, the airline announced a new service between Tokyo Narita and Singapore, with flights launching on September 7, 2021.[24] On October 28, 2021, the airline added a third aircraft to its fleet with a Boeing 787-8 transferred from Japan Airlines.[25][26] On November 12, 2021, the airline announced a new service between Tokyo Narita and Los Angeles to begin on December 25, 2021.[27]

In June 2022 ZIPAIR announced that the large letter Z on the tail of all of its planes would be replaced with a green geometric pattern to avoid a misunderstanding, as the letter has been used as a military symbol by Russian Armed Forces involved in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.[28]


As of December 2021, ZIPAIR operates to the following destinations:[29]

Country City Airport Start date End date Notes Ref
Japan Tokyo Narita International Airport June 3, 2020 Present Hub [3]
Singapore Singapore Changi Airport September 7, 2021 Present [24]
South Korea Seoul Incheon International Airport September 12, 2020 Present [3][30]
Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport June 3, 2020 Present [3]
United States Honolulu Daniel K. Inouye International Airport December 19, 2020 Present [23]
Los Angeles Los Angeles International Airport December 25, 2021 Present [27]
San Jose, CA Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport December 2022 Future [31]


ZIPAIR Boeing 787-8
ZIPAIR Boeing 787-8

As of January 2022, the ZIPAIR fleet consists of the following aircraft:[32]

ZIPAIR fleet
Aircraft In
Orders Passengers Notes
J Y Total
Boeing 787-8 4 18 272[a] 290[33] Leased from Japan Airlines[5]
Total 4

See also


  1. ^ The economy class seating arrangement is changed from 8 seats abreast configured by JAL to 9 seats abreast.


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  15. ^ Yoshikawa, Tadayuki (November 20, 2019). "JAL、成田国際線を20年度3-5路線拡充 ZIPAIRも活用" [JAL and Narita International flights expanded 3-5 routes in FY2020, also utilizing ZIPAIR]. Aviation Wire (in Japanese). Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  16. ^ Yoshikawa, Tadayuki (December 19, 2019). "ZIPAIR、ハワイも有力 西田社長「マーケット大きい」" [ZIPAIR, Hawaii is also influential President Nishida "Big market"]. Aviation Wire (in Japanese). Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  17. ^ "Thailand suspends incoming flights". Bangkok Post. April 4, 2020. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  18. ^ "Information related to New Coronavirus Infection(COVID-19) from Immigration Services Agency". Ministry of Justice. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  19. ^ "ZIPAIR Postpones Launch of Service to Bangkok" (Press release). ZIPAIR Tokyo. April 9, 2020. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  20. ^ Yoshikawa, Tadayuki (April 22, 2020). "ZIPAIR、ハワイ就航へ 米運輸省に申請、冬ダイヤ開設目指す" [ZIPAIR applies with the US Department of Transportation, aiming to launch Hawaii services during winter schedule]. Aviation Wire (in Japanese). Retrieved July 22, 2021.
  21. ^ "日航傘下ジップエア 初の就航、まず貨物便 逆風に負けず" [The first ZIPAIR service under the umbrella of JAL]. Mainichi Shimbun (in Japanese). June 4, 2020. Retrieved July 13, 2020.
  22. ^ Fukuda, Yoshifumi (July 7, 2020). "Zipair Tokyo goes cargo-only for debut flight due to pandemic". The Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved July 13, 2020.
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  24. ^ a b Casey, David (July 21, 2021). "ZIPAIR to open new international route". Routesonline. Informa Markets. Retrieved July 22, 2021.
  25. ^ Yoshikawa, Tadayuki (October 28, 2021). "ZIPAIR、3号機が姿現す 元JALの787-8、JA824J" [Former JAL 787-8 JA824J appears as ZIPAIR Unit 3]. Aviation Wire (in Japanese). Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  26. ^ "Zipair receives third 787". CAPA - Centre for Aviation. Informa Markets. October 28, 2021. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  27. ^ a b "ZIPAIR Announces Inaugural Long-Haul Destination: Service to Los Angeles Launching December 25". ZIPAIR (Press release). November 12, 2021. Retrieved November 12, 2021.
  28. ^ "Japanese airline ditches "Z" logo to avoid misunderstanding". Kyodo News. June 16, 2022. Retrieved June 16, 2022.
  29. ^ "ZIPAIR Basic Information". ZIPAIR. Retrieved July 22, 2021.
  30. ^ "ZIPAIR Will Launch Cargo Flights to Seoul". ZIPAIR Tokyo (Press release). Tokyo: Japan Airlines Group. September 6, 2020. Retrieved April 24, 2022.
  31. ^ "ZIPAIR to Launch Nonstop Service to Mineta San José Starting December 2022". ZIPAIR Tokyo (Press release). Tokyo: Japan Airlines Group. Retrieved June 17, 2022.((cite press release)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  32. ^ "ZIPAIR Tokyo Fleet Details and History". March 17, 2022. Retrieved April 30, 2022.
  33. ^ "『ZIPAIR』使用機材、ボーイング787型機の客室が完成!!" [Completed the cabin of the Boeing 787 aircraft, the equipment that uses "ZIPAIR"!!] (Press release) (in Japanese). ZIPAIR Tokyo. December 18, 2019. Retrieved December 24, 2019.