Japan Airlines names its new low-cost long-haul subsidiary: ZIPAIR Tokyo

Tokyo - Japan Airlines unveiled the name of its new subsidiary, which will operate low-cost flights with a fleet of Boeing 787. The first flights are planned for the summer of 2020 before the Tokyo Olympics.

The project has so far been known as TBL, but finally, Japan Airlines has revealed the name of its new long-haul low-cost subsidiary: ZIPAIR Tokyo. ZIPAIR refers to the English word 'zip', which represents speed, and to the word 'zip code', referring to the various postal code areas that ZIPAIR Tokyo will link up with.

Bangkok and Seoul are the first two destinations that ZIPAIR Tokyo to serve from Tokyo Narita International Airport. The new Japanese startup will later add some European destinations to its network.

Initially, the airline will operate its scheduled flights with two Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, which are transferred from the parent company JAL.

Japan Airlines is not the first Asian airline with a budget subsidiary. For instance, Singapore Airlines has Scoot and AirAsia has Jetstar operating low-cost flights in the region.