Japan Airlines’ ZIPAIR low-cost carrier to start flights next year


Japan Airlines has named its new low-cost carrier ZIPAIR, and said it will connect Narita airport near Tokyo with Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi and Incheon airport near Seoul next year, as demand for budget air travel grows in Asia.

The operator of the low-cost carrier (LCC) service offering medium to long-haul flights, ZIPAIR Tokyo, said it aimed to eventually offer trans-Pacific and European flights as well, and to turn profitable in two years after the maiden flight in summer 2020.

ZIPAIR plans to start operating with two Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.

Japan Airlines, which operates the short-haul low-cost Jetstar Japan joint venture with Australia’s Qantas Airways , is setting up ZIPAIR to compete against domestic rival ANA Holdings Inc’s budget arm Peach.

© Thomson Reuters 2018

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A trans-Pacific LCC? Would be the first I heard of. I'm curious how cheap they can set the lowest viable price.

And will it include all the "features" of a true LCC, like tight seats, no entertainment, and paying separately for meals and drinks on such a 9-12 hour flight?

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I wonder what Qantas thinks of this? JAL already has short-haul LCC called Jetstar.

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Lost cost airline using the night-mare liner aka 787. I wonder if they will charge for using the toilet?

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Good news. Bangkok is a handy destination.

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Do the crew get breath tested before a flight...?

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