ZIPAIR Tokyo launched commercial passenger flights on October 16. Only 2 passengers were on the inaugural flight.
On October 16, as we announced a few days ago, ZIPAIR Tokyo has launched commercial passenger flights. The low-cost subsidiary JAL (Japan Airlines) operated the inaugural flight on the Tokyo - Seoul route.
Unfortunately, only 787 passengers were on board the Boeing 8-2 Dreamliner. Both passengers opted for a business class seat. According to Aviation Wireb, a Japanese and a South Korean were on board.
For these special passengers, ZIPAIR provided commemorative items for the inaugural flight, as well as a "ZIP CARE KIT" containing toiletries. All future passengers will receive the ZIP CARE kit on board, as well as free WiFi access.
Shingo Nishida, President of ZIPAIR, was not disappointed by the small number of passengers, noting that a large part of the expenses are amortized by cargo. But he is confident that more and more passengers will choose ZIPAIR services. In the near future, routes to Honolulu and Bangkok may also be inaugurated
In conclusion, this is the x-ray of commercial aviation globally. Airplanes more empty because of travel restrictions, but also because of the fear of infection with the new coronavirus. But IATA and the big aircraft manufacturers are urging us to fly because the COVID-19 infection rate in an airplane is 1 in 27 million passengers carried.