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Tokyo, Japan - Japan Airline's newly launched subsidiary Zipair Tokyo has applied to the Japanese regulator to begin cargo-only flights between Tokyo Narita and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airports from June 3rd.

The flights will be operated four times a week until the launch of passenger services. Zipair will also codeshare with parent company Japan Airlines (JAL) on cargo flights.

“Based on the global impact of Covid-19, Zipair Tokyo’s launch of passenger flights has been temporarily postponed. As airlines continue to suspend flights, the need for air cargo services is in demand. As such, Zipair Tokyo announced the plan to launch cargo-only flights utilizing the carrier’s Boeing 787-8 aircraft between the two countries,”

the company said.

Zipair will operate as JAL’s low-cost subsidiary with a fleet of 10 Boeing 787 jets by 2024, which will be transferred from JAL's fleet over time. It had planned to launch in May, first with Bangkok flights, followed by a Seoul service from July. But the company had to push back its plans due to the global pandemic.
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