Zipair Tokyo will launch its first passenger flights connecting Tokyo-Narita (NRT) and Seoul-Incheon (ICN) beginning October 16, 2020.

The low-cost carrier, a subsidiary of Japan Airlines, was planning to launch passenger flights this summer but ended up operating cargo-only flights using passenger planes. The coronavirus pandemic had forced the startup to postpone passenger services, which were originally scheduled for May.

“Since we had more time to prepare for the start of passenger flights than we had originally planned, we have been working hard to make sure that we are ready to welcome our customers, and we hope you will enjoy the journey with Zipair,” said president of Zipair, Shingo Nishida

The airline has been operating the Tokyo (Narita) – Seoul (Incheon) route as a cargo-only service since September 12.

Zipair is planning to operate the Tokyo (Narita) – Seoul (Incheon) route on the following schedule:

IATA Summer Schedule (October 16 – October 23)
Flight number / Schedule Operating day
ZG41 / Narita (NRT) 9:15 a.m. Seoul (ICN) 11:50 a.m. Tue., Fri.
ZG42 / Seoul (ICN) 1:30 p.m. Narita (NRT) 3:55 p.m. Tue., Fri.


IATA Winter Schedule (October 27 – March 26, 2021)
Flight number / Schedule Operating day
ZG41 / Narita (NRT) 8:40 a.m. Seoul (ICN) 11:15 a.m. Tue., Fri.
ZG42 / Seoul (ICN) 12:40 p.m. Narita (NRT) 3:05 p.m. Tue., Fri.

Flights between October 16 and October 23 are currently on sale, while flights between October 27 and November 27 go will be on sale starting October 16.

Two types of seating will be available on the flight – the airline’s business class product called Zip Full-Flat seat, or the Standard seat (economy class).

Zipair says passengers can use their smartphone or tablet devices to order snacks and “enjoy a variety” of entertainment content, as well as free inflight Wi-Fi. The airline has picked Panasonic Avionics’s solution to provide inflight connectivity.