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ZIPAIR to launch flights to San Jose, California


ZIPAIR Tokyo announced its decision to launch flights between Tokyo Narita and Mineta San José International Airport on December 12. Reservations for the service will open today and the carrier will offer an inaugural fare to help celebrate the nonstop service between Japan and the Bay Area.

ZIPAIR operates the highly efficient Boeing 787-8 aircraft on its international routes and will initially offer three flights per week to Mineta San José airport. The city of San José is known for its incredible weather, cultural diversity, creative innovators, and opportunities to uncover endless possibilities for adventure and fun.



  • Airfare shown above are inclusive of taxes and applicable airport fees. Taxes for the Tokyo-Mineta San José route are converted at 144.45 yen per dollar. (As of September 14, 2022)
  • Inaugural airfare is subject to availability.
  • Airfare shown above is for a Standard Value Seat. (Per Seat / One-way fare)
  • Each fare includes a maximum of 7kg of carry-on baggage allowance.
  • Additional fees apply for optional services, including inflight meals, checked baggage, seat selection.



  • An administrative ticketing fee will apply per person (per sector) for purchases made through the Contact Center.

Above Copyright Photo: The airline removed the Z tail logo in July 2022 after the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. ZIPAIR Tokyo Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA822J (msn 34832) LAX (Brian Worthington). Image: 959382.

ZIPAIR aircraft slide show:

ZIPAIR to drop the “Z” tail logo because of the Russian invasion, will add San Jose, CA

ZIPAIR Tokyo Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA822J (msn 34832) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 956383.

ZIPAIR Tokyo is dropping its Z logo on its aircraft tails because Russia adopted the Z symbol for its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. The Z symbol is now associated with war and Russia. The Japanese airline will  soon introduce a new revised livery that removes the Z on the tail as it adds a new route to San Jose, CA.

Here is the announcement:

ZIPAIR Tokyo has announced details of the decision to further expand its international network in 2022 at a press conference held in Narita, Japan.

Starting in December 2022, the carrier plans to offer nonstop service between Tokyo Narita and San Jose International Airport, located in Northern California. Concurrently, the carrier`s entire fleet of Boeing 787-8 aircraft will feature a renovated livery to mark the dawn of a new era for ZIPAIR.

Details of Tokyo Narita-San Jose Service

  • –  Planned Launch Date: December 2022
  • –  Reservations will open during the autumn period
  • –  Flights will be subject to relevant government approvals
  • –  Flight schedules and fares will be announced via the carrier`s websiteJohn Aitken, Director of Aviation, Mineta San José International Airport (SJC), says

    “We are delighted by this announcement that ZIPAIR plans to join the Mineta San José International Airport family later this year. “ZIPAIR represents a new kind of airline that leverages technology to provide an efficient, more accessible travel experience—a perfect fit for San José and Silicon Valley. We look forward to working with the ZIPAIR team as plans develop for this new nonstop service between SJC and Tokyo-Narita.”

About ZIPAIR`s Renovated Livery

Ever since the establishment of the new low-cost business in July 2018, ZIPAIR has continued to set the standard as the NEW BASIC AIRLINE for air travel. In 2021, ZIPAIR redefined the industry standard by becoming the first Japanese airline to successfully launch a low-cost service over the Pacific to Los Angeles International Airport. ZIPAIR remains committed to its customers to offer convenient travel options heading into the post-COVID era and through the introduction of the renovated livery, the carrier pledges to pursue services that meets the needs of diverse customer groups around the world.

Planned Launch Period for ZIPAIR`s New Livery Aircraft – December 2022

The livery will be renovated in two stages, starting later this month. Newly designed aircraft will be progressively introduced in December 2022 and is expected to be completed by Spring 2023.


Visual – Decal

About ZIPAIR Tokyo

Established in 2018 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan Airlines, ZIPAIR features a fully customizable travel experience based on an LCC business model. Offering complimentary Wi-Fi for all classes of travel, the carrier operates the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner configured in a 290-seat layout.

One of the few international airlines to provide a contactless inflight experience, ZIPAIR`s self-ordering payment system is accessible to order meals and goods through a personal smartphone or tablet.

Based out of Tokyo Narita, ZIPAIR currently operates to 5 international destinations, including Bangkok, Seoul, Honolulu, Singapore, and Los Angeles.

ZIPAIR has implemented key measures against COVID-19 and is prepared to provide a safe and secure travel experience.

As a standard service, the carrier offers a ZIPAIR Care Kit (mask/alcohol wipe) for each passenger and has applied a sustained antiviral and antibacterial coating inside the aircraft to safeguard customers throughout the flight.

Top Copyright Photo: ZIPAIR Tokyo Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA822J (msn 34832) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 956383.

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ZIPAIR Tokyo is coming to Los Angeles

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2019

ZIPAIR Tokyo has announced its much-anticipated inaugural long-haul destination at a press conference held in Tokyo Japan.

Starting December 25, 2021, the carrier will offer nonstop service between Tokyo Narita and Los Angeles International Airport.

ZIPAIR operates the highly efficient Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft on its international routes and will initially offer three flights per week to Los Angeles.

Flight Schedule: Tokyo (Narita) – Los Angeles

ZG 24 | Departs Narita 14:45 Arrives Los Angeles 7:40 | Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday | 12/25/2021 – 3/26/2022

ZG 23 | Departs Los Angeles 9:40 Arrives Narita 14:25 (+1) | Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday | 12/25/2021 – 3/26/2022

Between December 25-30, ZG24 arrives into Los Angeles at 7:30 and ZG23 departs at 9:30

Between March 15-26, ZG24 arrives into Los Angeles at 8:40 and ZG23 departs at 10:40 Flight schedules are subject to relevant government approvals.

Top Copyright Photo: ZIPAIR Tokyo Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA822J (msn 34832) NRT (Akira Uekawa). Image: 951735.

Zipair launches Tokyo – Seoul Boeing 787 passenger service with two passengers!

Zipair today (October 16) launched the Tokyo (Narita) – Seoul (Incheon) passenger route with its Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Unfortunately only two passengers were on board.

Read more from the Tokyo Times.

The new carrier commenced cargo-only flights previously on June 3, 2020 between Narita and Bangkok.

These are tough times for new airlines.

ZIPAIR Tokyo to launch operations as a cargo airline

ZIPAIR Tokyo submitted an application to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan for the launch of cargo-only flights between Tokyo Narita and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport from June 3, 2020.

Based on the global impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), ZIPAIR Tokyo’s launch of passenger flights has been temporarily postponed.

As airlines continue to suspend flights, the need for air cargo services is in demand. As such, ZIPAIR Tokyo announced the plan to launch cargo-only flights utilizing the carrier’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft between the two countries. As for the passenger services start-up. We would like to announce when the date is comfirmed.

The details of the operation are as follows. (These plans and schedules are subject to government approval.)

Flight Schedule
Route :Tokyo (Narita) =Bangkok (Suvarnabhume)
flight number / Schedule Operating day
ZG51 / Narita 17:20 Bangkok 22:00 Wed,Thu,Fri,Sat
ZG52 / Bangkok 23:30 Narita 07:45 (next day) Wed,Thu,Fri,Sat
– Until the launch of passenger services, the Tokyo-Bangkok route will be operated as a cargo-only flight.
– ZIPAIR Tokyo will implement Freighter codeshare flights with Japan Airlines.
Comment from ZIPAIR President Shingo Nishida
Since the announcement of our business in May 2018, our employees have united to prepare for the launch of medium and long distance LCC services. Unfortunately, in light of the current situation, we are not able to launch passenger flights to Bangkok. As people around the world find new ways to promote their businesses, we decided to take a step forward by temporarily launching cargo-only flights between Japan and Thailand.

As a new airline that looks to serve a diverse customer base, our employees will continue to prepare for the much anticipated launch of passenger flights to destinations throughout the world.

ZIPAIR postpones launch of service to Bangkok, still eyes Hawaii

ZIPAIR Tokyo (subsidiary of Japan Airlines) announced the decision to postpone the launch of service on May 14, 2020. Based on the global impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the inaugural service between Tokyo Narita and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport will be postponed until further notice.

The airline is planning plans to fly to Honolulu (HNL) from Tokyo’s Narita (NRT) Airport in the first year of operations.

The new airline will launch operations with two Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.

ZIPAIR Tokyo’s livery and uniforms are revealed

ZIP Air Tokyo (ZIPAIR Tokyo) is the new low-cost subsidiary of Japan Airlines. ZIP Air is planning to launch scheduled passenger operations in the spring of 2020. The first two routes will be from Tokyo (Narita) to both Bangkok and Seoul (Incheon).

Green is the accent color with black titles and logo.

The new airline will operate Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

The new airline has also introduced the crew uniforms.

The livery has been revealed in this new video:


JAL names its new low-cost long-haul carrier: ZIPAIR Tokyo

JAL-Japan Airlines has made this announcement:

During a press conference held at Japan Airlines Headquarters on Friday afternoon, T.B.L. Co., Ltd. Representative Director and President, Shingo Nishida, announced the name of Japan`s first medium to long-haul low cost carrier as ZIPAIR. With the registration now official, the company will be established as ZIPAIR Tokyo Co., Ltd., as of March 8, 2019. As previously announced, the new carrier will prepare for launch during the summer schedule of 2020.

Brand and Trade Name
As a result of this announcement, T.B.L. Co., Ltd. will officially change its trade name to ZIPAIR Tokyo Co., Ltd. and has released the company`s logo as shown above.

About the Name
‘ZIPAIR Tokyo’ is a coined word derived from the English word ZIP, which describes speed, such as how fast time can pass when traveling on a unique airline. In addition, the brand name incorporates the idea of traveling to destinations in various ZIP CODES, while aiming to create a calculated travel experience that encompasses the originality and ingenuity of the Japanese culture. And finally, the word Tokyo was added to the name, as the airline will be based in one of the most advanced cities in the world.

About the Logo and Corporate Color
The logo was developed in consultation with SIX INC.; a creative engagement agency based in Tokyo and has a track record of winning more than 400 creative awards in Japan and abroad, including CANNES LIONS.(SIX INC. URL –

The font is set in Roman and the corporate image will feature two-tones in what the company calls Harmony Gray and Trust Green. The gray tone features a feeling of balance and satisfaction with the cost of services provided, while green provides a sense of safety. Going forward, ZIPAIR will feature this unique logo and color scheme in its corporate branding materials.

Additional Logos
The [Z_] logo is a combination of the first letter in ZIP followed by a space the company calls Infinite Blank. This logo encapsulates the attitude to infinitely pursue services that meets the needs of the customers.

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Corporate Color

Application for Air Transportation Business License
ZIPAIR Tokyo Co., Ltd. applied for an air operator’s certificate to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport on March 8, under Article 100 of the Aviation law. The contents of the air operator’s certificate application include:

Aircraft: Boeing 787-8
Business Profile: To operate the following routes from the 2020 Summer Schedule
– Tokyo (Narita) = Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport
– Tokyo (Narita) = Seoul-Incheon International Airport

Recruitment of Personnel
Recruitment briefings will be held in April 2019. We are looking for employees full of spirit who will be active in a wide range of fields such as airport operations, planning services, as well as cabin crew, as opposed to the conventional recruitment style of filling a singular role in a corporation.