The Japan Air Lines owned low-cost carrier ZIPAIR has finally operated its first passenger flight. Just two passengers participated in today’s inaugural service between Tokyo and Seoul onboard the airline’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Not to be put off, ZIPAIR has announced a ramp-up of flights, adding one more rotation a week from October 25. Bangkok and even Honolulu remain on the radar, and further announcements could be expected in the coming weeks.
ZIPAIR finally takes off
Today, finally, Japan’s new low-cost carrier ZIPAIR flew its first passengers. Its Boeing 787-8 took off from Narita bound for Seoul, with the first paying passengers onboard. The airline was expected to begin flying the route on July 1, but border restrictions and travel blocks meant it couldn’t launch.
The 787 hasn’t been resting all summer, however. ZIPAIR has been busy flying cargo between South Korea and Japan, as well as to Bangkok from its hub at Narita. Now, as April from the airline’s editorial department said in its blog,
Departing from Narita International Terminal 1, the airline’s crew were delighted to finally welcome their first passengers. In the airport, a small event took place, attended by its president Shingo Nishida. He gave a short presentation on the hopes for the airline as well as its preparations to keep passengers safe during the pandemic. He said,
“After delaying the operation of passenger flights once due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, we are finally able to serve you. We will make every effort to make air a new option for travel between Korea and Japan, and through thorough preparations, we will strive to transport between Korea and Japan, including businessmen and international students.”
— TRAICY（トライシー） (@traicycom) October 15, 2020