Zipair, previously provisionally named TBL Co Ltd, is the proposed new low cost long haul subsidiary under Japan Airlines. To launch in 2020, the new carrier is expected to operate cargo and passenger services to Asia, Europe and the US using Boeing 787-8 aircraft. The start-up will be based in Tokyo Narita Airport and planned to commence operations on 14-May-2020, with Tokyo Narita-Bangkok Suvarnabhumi service. Zipair postponed the launch of services at an unspecified period.
On 21-Apr-2020, Zipair announced the carrier's planned second service, Tokyo Narita-Seoul Incheon, "is currently expected to begin" on 01-Jul-2020.
On 21-May-2020, Zipair announced it submitted an application to Japan MLITT for the launch of cargo only service between Tokyo Narita and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, effective 03-Jun-2020, operating four times weekly. The carrier has postponed the launch of passenger services due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Zipair commenced operations on 03-Jun-2020, with the launch of four times weekly Tokyo Narita-Bangkok Suvarnabhumi cargo service. The carrier has yet to decide on a launch date for passenger services, which was originally scheduled for 14-May-2020.
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