Showing posts with label Zipair. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Zipair. Show all posts

17 June, 2022

Tokyo based Zipair unveils new paint job to avoid being confused with supporting Russian military.

Japanese airline Zipair is in the process of changing its logo following the war in Ukraine as many people think the airline is supporting Russian and the Russian military.  

Currently, the carrier has a big Z on the tail of its aircraft, the same symbol Russian fighters have painted on their vehicles and equipment. It is also the letter people use to show their support and approval of the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing war.

Zipair was established as a basic no-frills airline in 2018 and has become the first Japanese carrier to successfully launch a low-cost service over the Pacific to Los Angeles International Airport. The new livery will be applied in two stages; starting with a decal version for launch on June 18 and newly painted aircraft will be progressively introduced in to the fleet and should be completed by Spring 2023. According to the airline, the new livery will help it signify a new era in air travel.

The airline has also announced a new route from its home base of Tokyo’s Narita Airport to Mineta San Josรฉ International Airport (SJC), located in Northern California. The new direct non-stop service will be operated on Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft and is scheduled to start in December.  

"We are delighted by today's announcement that ZIPAIR plans to join the Mineta San Josรฉ International Airport family later this year", said John Aitken, SJC Director of Aviation. "ZIPAIR represents a new kind of airline that leverages technology to provide an efficient, more accessible travel experience—a perfect fit for San Josรฉ 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."

The airline offers complimentary Wi-Fi for all classes of travel and operates a contactless inflight experience, ZIPAIR's self-ordering payment system is accessible to order meals and goods through a personal smartphone or tablet. Zipair operates the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner which is configured to carry 290 passengers – 272 in the economy section and 18 in the business class cabin. All four aircraft in the current fleet are leased from its parent company Japan Air Lines. Incidentally, the seating arrangement for in economy class has been changed from JAL’s 8 abreast to 9 for the Zipair air fleet. 

Due to demand, the budget carrier is also to temporarily increase services between Tokyo Narita and Singapore, starting July 16 and ending August 31, 2022, which will see the airline operate five flights per week.

ZIPAIR currently offers flights between Tokyo-Narita International Airport and Seoul-Incheon International Airport, Taipei-Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Bangkok-Suwannapoom International Airport, Changi-Singapore Changi International Airport, Honolulu-Daniel K. Inouye International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.

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