ZipAir Eyes International Expansion

Daniel Fowkes
23 Oct 2023
· Airlines 
· Routes 
A ZipAir Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner departing from Tokyo Narita

ZipAir is reportedly eyeing an expansion towards the United States per Nihon Keizai Shimbun via SkyBudget.

ZipAir Future Targets

The Japanese low-cost carrier will reportedly target multiple cities within North America and specifically the United States, even stretching towards Canada.

Las Vegas, Portland and Seattle are the primary U.S. destinations of reported interest.

However, there’s also an appetite for service towards Canada’s West Coast, which would entail a Vancouver flight.

Future fleet growth would make these routes possible and are more long-term goals.

The Current Operations Towards The United States

Per data, ZipAir currently operates a host of services within the United States with its Boeing 787s.

This includes service towards Los Angeles, with 60 flights recorded between the pair for the month just gone.

San Francisco is also featured as a destination with 42 flights for the pair. San Francisco is tied for operation switch San Jose.

Away from the mainland, the airline also flies towards Honolulu. However, its appetite for further expansion is undoubtedly more than present.

The ZipAir Fleet

ZipAir currently operates a fleet of all Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which makes its route network possible.

The company has 7 Boeing 787-8s in service, with the average age of the units sitting at 8.4 years. Its oldest unit is 12.6 years, with the youngest sitting at only 0.2 years of age.

What Is ZipAir?

ZipAir, founded in 2018, is a Japanese low-cost carrier operating exclusively with the Boeing 787s.

However, the airline is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japan Airlines and acts similarly to the upcoming Air Japan for ANA.

ZipAir focuses on operating towards a host of destinations within Asia and the United States. However, it utilises Tokyo Narita as its vital hub.

The airline’s livery features a simplistic ZipAir title towards the front of the aircraft and a line down the middle of the fuselage. The tail previously featured a Z but was removed as part of the controversy surrounding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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