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ZIPAIR goes daily on Singapore – Tokyo flights from March

ZIPAIR is ramping up to daily flights on its Singapore - Tokyo route this summer, including flat-bed Business Class seats from S$550 one-way.

Japan’s ZIPAIR was one of the airlines that newly launched during the COVID-19 pandemic, as a spinoff from full-service oneworld carrier Japan Airlines, designed to offer long-haul low-cost flights using a fleet of wide-body Boeing 787 aircraft.

As it turns out the timing was simply bad luck – ZIPAIR’s launch was intended for a while, and the airline was forced to start operations from its Tokyo base right in the midst of the pandemic with cargo-only flights – not exactly the exciting start it had planned for!


Now that Japan’s border restrictions have eased for returning citizens and residents, and even more recently for tourist visits, the airline has started a range of passenger services using its four Boeing 787 aircraft, including to and from Singapore.

Indeed ZIPAIR was the first low-cost carrier to launch non-stop flights between Singapore and Tokyo, back in September 2021, and now with Japan’s borders fully open to vaccinated tourists the airline is once again increasing its operation on the route.

ZIPAIR offers competitive fares for its flat-bed seats on the Singapore – Tokyo route. (Photo: ZIPAIR)

That’s good news for travellers on a budget, and even includes a flat-bed option at a fraction of the cost you’ll pay flying Business Class with full-service carriers.

The schedule

ZIPAIR increased its Singapore – Tokyo Narita frequencies from three to four times weekly in mid-December 2022, but has now announced that daily services will take effect from the start of the summer season, on 26th March 2023.

In response to the travel demand during the summer season, ZIPAIR Tokyo announced its decision to operate daily flights between Tokyo Narita and Singapore International Airport.


Here’s how the full ZIPAIR schedule including flight timings looks for the upcoming summer season from 26th March 2023, with the three additional days of service highlighted.

ZIPAIR Singapore Schedule
(26th March 2023 – 28th October 2023)

New flights highlighted


Singapore will join Bangkok, Los Angeles and Seoul as the fourth city on the ZIPAIR network with daily flights on offer. The carrier operates to and from Terminal 1 at Changi Airport.

ZIPAIR currently operates four Boeing 787-8 aircraft. (Photo: ZIPAIR)

The carrier also serves San Jose and Honolulu from its Tokyo Narita hub, but these are not daily services.

ZIPAIR Boeing 787 cabins

ZIPAIR isn’t your average low-cost airline, with the carrier taking the rare decision to equip its Boeing 787-8 aircraft with 18 fully flat-bed seats in the forward section, using a reverse herringbone product in a 1-2-1 layout with direct aisle access for all passengers.

ZIPAIR’s Boeing 787-8s have a five-row forward cabin with flat-bed seats. (Photo: ZIPAIR)

The airline calls these seats “ZIP Full-Flat”.

The product itself is the JAMCO Venture seat, also used by KLM on its Boeing 787-10s.

This would certainly normally be regarded as a Business Class seat on a full-service airline, but ZIPAIR isn’t streaming the latest Hollywood movies, pouring free-flow Champagne or serving up Lobster Thermidor here – it’s literally just the seat that’s swanky!

“ZIP Full-Flat” fares represent a completely unbundled Business Class offering, with the following package pricing options:

  • Basic (seat-only), with up to 7kg of carry-on baggage, but no other extras
  • Biz, which includes advance seat selection and a heavier 12kg carry-on bag
  • Value, which includes advance seat selection, a 23kg checked bag, 7 kg carry-on bag, and an in-flight meal
  • Premium, which includes advance seat selection, a 23kg checked bag, a heavier 12kg carry-on bag, an in-flight meal, and an amenity set

Alternatively, you can select the ancillary add-ons you prefer individually.


The leather seats feature personal reading lights and individual power sockets, but there is no in-flight entertainment system.

However, unlimited free Wi-Fi is provided, as it it in all of the carrier’s 272 Economy Class “Standard Seats”, which have a 3-3-3- layout and 31 inches of seat pitch.

These also benefit from in-seat power sockets and an integrated tablet device holder.

ZIPAIR Boeing 787-8 Economy Class. (Photo: ZIPAIR)

For couples, there are four seat pair options right at the back of the cabin in Economy Class:

  • 56 A/C
  • 57 A/C
  • 56 H/K
  • 57 H/K

Passengers in both cabins can also stream onboard entertainment options including films to their personal devices.

ZIPAIR Singapore – Tokyo fares

ZIPAIR is advertising its Singapore flights with one-way fares ex-Tokyo starting from:

  • Business Class (ZIP Full-Flat): JPY 50,000 (S$493)
  • Economy Class (Standard Seat): JPY 15,000 (S$148)

However, looking at the Singapore – Tokyo direction for May 2023, we found the following lowest fares available:

  • Business Class (ZIP Full-Flat): JPY 73,148 (S$746)
  • Economy Class (Standard Seat): JPY 26,454 (S$270)

These are still quite competitive rates, compared to those being charged by full-service carriers and even the alternative low-cost option – SIA’s budget arm Scoot.

That’s especially the case when you consider the ScootPlus product is priced upwards of S$850 one-way on this route in May, for what’s effectively a Premium Economy seat, not a flat-bed Business Class product like ZIPAIR is offering!


Overall, ZIPAIR is a great option to have even at these rates, while securing award space using KrisFlyer miles, Asia Miles, Alaska miles and Avios between Singapore and Japan remains quite limited for most dates in the coming months.

ZIPAIR’s Singapore flights are now on sale until the end of the northern summer timetable season, which this year falls on 28th October 2023.

ZIPAIR enforces mask-wearing

Japan does not legally impose mask-wearing in most settings, provided you maintain social distancing.

Mask-wearing is therefore already optional on Singapore Airlines and Scoot flights to and from Japan, however do note that ZIPAIR, in common with ANA and Japan Airlines, is still maintaining its own mandatory mask mandate for all passengers at the time of writing.

“Please wear a mask when in the airport and onboard the aircraft. If travelers do not agree with face covering, they may be denied boarding.”

(Image: ZIPAIR)

Japan has reopened to tourists

In case you missed the news, Japan reopened to tourists from Singapore and 67 other countries in October 2022, without the need to apply for a visa or make travel agency bookings.

That means in most cases, that means you can now visit just like you could during pre-pandemic times, organising your own flights (like these ZIPAIR ones) and hotel accommodation independently.

Here’s the latest process.

Eligibility & Process
Singapore Japan

  • Hold one of 68 nationalities for visa-free entry
  • Register with Visit Japan Web before boarding your flight, for a faster arrival process
  • Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with any WHO-approved vaccine, including a booster dose
  • If you don’t meet the fully vaccinated and boosted criteria, you must have a negative pre-departure PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure
  • Children aged 17 or under travelling with fully vaccinated and boosted parents are considered fully vaccinated and boosted, regardless of their actual vaccination status, and do not require any pre-departure testing
  • Children aged 5 or under travelling with unvaccinated parents are considered fully vaccinated and boosted, regardless of their actual vaccination status, and do not require any pre-departure testing
  • No further on-arrival or post-arrival testing or restrictions

All Singapore – Tokyo flight options

Once these additional ZIPAIR flights start in late March, there will be a total of 96 weekly services between Singapore and Tokyo’s two airports – Haneda and Narita.


Here’s a summary of your options.

Singapore – Tokyo Flights
Summer 2023

Airline / Flight Number To / From Aircraft Days
SQ11/12 Narita 777-300ER Daily
SQ637/638 Narita 787-10 Daily
SQ634/635 Haneda 777-300ER
A350 MH
SQ631/636 Haneda 777-300ER Daily
JL35/38 Haneda 767-300ER Daily
JL36/37 Haneda 787-9 Daily
JL711/712 Narita 767-300ER Daily
NH801/802 Narita 787-9 Daily
NH841/844 Haneda 787-9 Daily
NH842/843 Haneda 787-9 Daily
TR808/809 Narita 787-9 Daily
TR874/875 Narita
(via TPE)
A320neo Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
TR898/899 Narita
(via TPE)
787-8 Daily
ZG53/54 Narita 787-8 Daily




JAL’s low-cost long-haul carrier ZIPAIR bucks the trend in the industry with its flat-bed Business Class seats, and the Singapore route benefits further from late March this year with the introduction of daily service to and from Tokyo Narita.

Japan’s borders have now fully reopened quarantine-free for tourists, so these flights could prove a good option for those who want to travel in more comfort, and don’t mind the ‘unbundled’ nature of this product.

That’s especially the case in the Singapore – Tokyo direction, where this service operates overnight and lands long before your hotel room is likely to be available.

Will you be considering ZIPAIR’s flat-bed product between Singapore and Japan? Let us know in the comments section below.

(Cover Photo: Shutterstock)



  1. I am very unhappy with the service standard of Zipair. This is the first and last time i am going to fly by zipair. Zipair has no compassion for passengers.

    It’s such a lousy airline when the flight attendent and ground staff at the check in counter keep insisting it’s the company policy that customer not allowed to select or change seat without paying after computer allocate it. . Typically, all airline allow passenger to change seat under the normal category. Only some premium seat with more leg space , it make sense for passenger to pay to choose those seat, otherwise it make no sense to disallow passenger to change without paying. This is basic service which makes a service standard drop to the bottom for relying on computer to assign seat. Why are you penalizing passenger travelling in a family of 4, where all the 3 are allocated to one row near the window 51 hjk when the plane is not full, and another passenger are given the 36k which is another window seat. Window seat is the worst seat as it is very difficult to go out to the toilet, especially midnight flight where other passenger want to sleep. Other passenger are given aisle seat so that is’s easier for them to get out to go toilet. If the flight is not full, why the ground attendent and the flight steward so adamant of refusing to let us change seat just so that all can be comfortable. You rather keep the seat empty than to close a eye and make the passenger happy. This inflexibility will chase customers. The flight attendent refuse to close one eyes and let so many empty rows of seat go to waste and squeeze 3 of us in one row and at the window. Throughtout i am so frustrated.

    1. This is a normal policy for a low cost carrier, same applies on Scoot, Jetstar, AirAsia etc.

      Seat selection fees are an important part of their ancillary revenue and business model, so you can’t expect to choose a specific seat without paying for it or move to an empty seat on board when flying on an LCC, like you can with a full service carrier.

  2. This Adeline is a joke and an embarrassment to SG. You are nothing but a cheapskate and you should blame yourself for your stupidity and not others

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