Zip, zip hooray! YVR marks ZIPAIR’s inaugural flight from Tokyo

ZIPAIR aircraft at YVR gate

With cups of matcha tea in hand, representatives from ZIPAIR, the Japanese consulate and YVR exchanged Japanese greetings of “ohayoo gozaimasu” which translates to “good morning” to celebrate ZIPAIR’s first-ever flight from Tokyo Narita (NRT).

ZIPAIR will fly between YVR and NRT three times per week. Service will increase to five times per week starting July 23, 2024 due to high demand.

The captain of the aircraft for today’s inaugural, Shingo Hotta spoke at the event and remarked that this first flight was very meaningful to him as he conducted his flight training in Maple Ridge, B.C.

This new service marks ZIPAIR’s first and only non-stop service to Canada. The route will be serviced by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner and offers 290 seats - 18 full-flat premium cabin seats and 272 economy class seats.

Every new flight to YVR creates economic activity and jobs for our region. The new service to Narita International is expected to generate $16.9 million in economic output, $9 million in GDP, and 115 full time jobs in the province.

ZIPAIR crew during inaugural event

ZIPAIR flight schedule:

March 13 – July 22

·         ZG22 NRT to YVR (M, W, Sat) – Depart 16:00 | Arrival 08:30

·         ZG21 YVR to NRT (M, W, Sat) – Depart 10:30 | Arrival 13:00 (next day)

July 23 - Oct 26

·         ZG22 NRT to YVR (M, T, W, F, Sat) – Depart 15:40 | Arrival 08:45

·         ZG21 YVR to NRT (M, T, W, F, Sat) – Depart 10:45 | Arrival 12:25 (next day)

For more information about flight times and to book, visit: www.ZIPAIR.net.