ZipAir Toyko (the Japan Airlines Low-Cost Carrier) is edging forward toward its first operation, with the airline lining up for a May 2020 launch.
To tempt passengers, it’s revealed its interiors of its Boeing 787-8 aircraft. Let’s take a look at the possible passenger experience. First up is the colour scheme and grey is the colour. – with this variant called “Harmony Grey”.
According to ZipAir Tokyo:
These colors were selected in the design to provide a sense of serenity, allowing passengers to relax on long-haul flights.
Moving on to In-Flight Entertainment, the service is provisioned via a Wireless IFE Service, that will allow content to be consumed by Smartphone or Tablet. No monitors will be installed on the aircraft for passenger use. It goes without saying, that access to the Internet and entertainment will be charged.
Now, onto the seats
Firstly, Business Class. This is a JAMCO Seat offering a 42″ Seat pitch that converts into a flat 180-degree bed.
It features privacy its design, with appropriate grey leather covers and wings to hide you away. In addition, the seat will be fitted with h reading lights and charging equipment.
A total of 18 seats will feature in the cabin.
Meanwhile, in Economy Class, the Recaro CL3710 continues to set the pace, with it being fitted to 272 seats.
They will feature a PC Power Supply, Tablet holder, USB Power too. They’ll be pitched at 31″, with a 17″ seat width and a 8 degree angle of recline.
There’s also a tray for your tablet to be placed on too if you’re using it as your primary In-Flight Entertainment device.
Flying in May
ZipAir Tokyo will be launching its first service from the 14th May 2020. Its first route will connect Tokyo-Narita and Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi Airport with its Boeing 787-8 aircraft.
It’s an interesting set of equipment choices – with the Recaro CL3710 being a solid choice as an economy product – chosen not just by traditional carriers, but now by low-cost ones too (and in this case – showing its flexibility with the addition of a table tray with a drinks holder) and the removal of the IFE screen – creating a solid back seat.
Meanwhile, it seems that the airline has gone high end for its business class product, with a full-flat product. Looking at the competition, Air Asia X’s seat is an angled flatbed seat, whilst Scoot/NokScoot and Jetstar have gone for recliners. And then there’s Cebu Pacific who is cramming as many economy seats as it can in an aircraft and skipping a business class/premium product.
Could this garner more passengers in the longer term, for those who seek comfort aboard an aircraft?
With the choices they’ve made, these are more comfort options than the cheapest seat around.
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