Japanese low-cost carrier ZIPAIR will add service between Tokyo Narita and Vancouver from March.

The Japan Airlines subsidiary will deploy one of its 290-seat Boeing 787-8s on the new route, including lie-flat business class seats.

The service will commence on 13 March, initially three times a week.

Tokyo was Vancouver’s third-largest point-to-point Asia-Pacific market in 2023, behind Delhi and Hong Kong, according to OAG data.

Vancouver will become the ZIPAIR’s fourth route across the Pacific, following Los Angeles, San José Mineta, and San Francisco.

The Narita-Vancouver service will depart Narita every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 1600, arriving in British Columbia at 0830 on the same day.

The return flights will depart Vancouver at 1030 for a 1300 arrival back into Narita the following day.

The airline will compete against its full-service parent Japan Airlines on Narita-Vancouver, as well as Air Canada. Other Japanese major, All Nippon Airways, also serves Vancouver from Tokyo Haneda, as does Air Canada.

Lie-flat one-way fares from Narita to Vancouver start at US$714, ZIPAIR says.

For an additional US$127, passengers may purchase the airline’s premium add-on package, including 30kg of checked baggage, an additional 8kg carry-on allowance, seat selection, an in-flight meal and amenity kit.