Japan Airlines to launch a long-haul low-cost subsidiary before Tokyo 2020 Olympics


Tokyo - Japan Airlines is preparing to launch a new long-haul low-cost subsidiary in 2020, a first in Japan. The airline's plan for a new subsidiary was revealed during a company presentation to the shareholders.

As far as seen on one of the slides, the name of the new subsidiary has not been specified yet and will be defined later. The future subsidiary of the Japanese national company would be named in the coming weeks, with a launch planned just before the 2020 Olympics that will be organized in Tokyo. Zipair.com has already been registered by Japan Airlines, according to the local press.


The new budget carrier will be based at the Tokyo Narita International Airport, where night slots are favorable for nine-hour flights to the West Coast of the United States.

The airline is expected to begin its operations with two Boeing 787 Dreamliner inherited from the parent company JAL, and add two aircraft each year until the fleet reaches ten long-haul jets.

The new company will be wholly owned by Japan Airlines but will remain open to the presence of other trading partners.

The Japan Airlines' budget subsidiary will compete with other long-haul low-costs, operating in the region such as Air Asia X and Scoot.