Japan Airlines names new medium to long-haul LCC Zipair Tokyo

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Japan Airlines (JAL) has today at a press conference held in Tokyo announced that its new medium to long-haul low-cost carrier (LCC) will be called Zipair Tokyo.

The airline is set to be launched during the summer schedule of 2020 and Zipair Tokyo has applied for an air operator’s certificate to the Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport today (8 March) to fly Boeing 787-8 aircraft.

The planned initial route network as part of the application is to fly from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport and from Narita to Seoul-Incheon International Airport.

Recruitment for Zipair Tokyo employees will start in April 2019, when staff will be recruited for airport operations, planning services, as well as cabin crew, as opposed to the conventional recruitment style of filling a singular role in a corporation.

JAL said Zipair Tokyo is 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.

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