Japanese budget airline ZIPAIR Targets Singapore

ZIPAIR, the budget airline of Tokyo, owned by Japan Airlines, has announced the launch of their new scheduled route between Tokyo Narita, Japan, and Changi International Airport, Singapore, starting from September 7, 2021. This was made public by the airline officials on July 21, 2021, in a press release. Singapore will become the airline’s fourth destination alongside Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Honolulu, and Seoul Incheon.

ZIPAIR : Narita to Singapore

The airline has employed two Boeing 787s for the scheduled service between the two cities, operating 1X weekly until early October, when a second weekly frequency will begin. According to reports, the first flight, ZG53, will depart Narita at 2 p.m. and arrive in Singapore at 8:25 p.m. Similarly, the return flight ZG54 will leave Singapore at 9:55 p.m. and arrive in Narita at 6:05 a.m. the next day. The government has authorized all of the flight schedules.

Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner[ZIPAIR/JA825J] Landing at NRT on May.7,2020. Photo By: 外山武比古

Between Tokyo Narita and Singapore, the service will take six hours. The two-way service will be performed once a week, on Tuesday. According to the officials, the airline service between these two locations will be available from September 7 to October 26 in 2021. ZIPAIR will become the only low-cost operator between Tokyo and Singapore once flights begin, according to data provided by OAG Schedules Analyser.

The airline will offer two sorts of airfares: “ZIP Full-Flat Value” and “Standard Value,” with two different levels of service on a Boeing 787 aircraft. ZIPAIR now offers a “U6 Standard Value” fare for children under the age of seven, costing JPY 5000 per sector. Children, including infants under the age of two, can reserve a confirmed seat using this flexible and easy service.

Photo by Kiyotoshi Kinjo

Shingo Nishida, President of ZIPAIR Tokyo, Commented, “We are very excited to announce that ZIPAIR is now expanding its international network this September and that it will feature a scheduled service to Singapore starting from this September, which will be our fourth destination. Singapore is not only a beautiful city with a multi-ethnic culture but also a worldwide financial and logistics powerhouse in Southeast Asia.”

She added, “As the impact of COVID-19 continues, we believe that the best way to contribute to society today is to use our Boeing 787 aircraft to transport cargo and support the global supply chain while continuing to prepare for the day when we can welcome back customers to travel freely between countries and continents. To safeguard our valued customers, ZIPAIR has implemented crucial steps against COVID-19 and is prepared to provide safe and secure flights, including the distribution of our ZIPAIR Care Kit and the application of an antiviral and antibacterial coating throughout the cabin.”

“While limitations on entrance into both countries remain in place as a result of COVID-19, we hope that our new route to Singapore will give a new convenient option for individuals traveling to and from Japan for business or pleasure.”

ZIPAIR, formally ZIPAIR Tokyo Inc., is a Japanese low-cost carrier based at Tokyo Narita Airport. The airline, which was created in 2018, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japan Airlines. The airline flies a Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet leased from parent company Japan Airlines. The airline’s present network consists of three destinations: Seoul, Bangkok, and Honolulu.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic-related passenger transportation limitations, operations began on June 3, 2020, as a cargo-only airline. ZIPAIR commenced operations as a cargo-only airline in June of last year and launched passenger flights on October 16, 2020. The airline announced the specifics of its first route to the United States on November 20, 2020, with flights between Tokyo Narita and Honolulu beginning on December 19, 2020.

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