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Budget airline launches 11-hour flight between San Francisco and Tokyo this summer for under $100

ZipAir Boeing 787-8 takes off from Tokyo Narita International Airport.ZipAir Boeing 787-8 takes off from Tokyo Narita International Airport.

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  • Zipair is set to launch flights between San Francisco and Tokyo this summer. 
  • One-way tickets for the flights start from just $91 for children aged six and under. 
  • San Francisco is the fourth US destination where the airline operates.

A budget airline is set to launch some of the cheapest long-haul flights between the US and Japan. 

Japanese low-cost airline Zipair announced that it’s offering a new route between San Francisco and Tokyo, according to the airline’s press release on April 7. 

A one-way flight ticket from San Francisco International Airport to Narita International starts from just 10,000 Japanese yen, or $91. To obtain this ultra-low fare, the passenger should be six years old or younger, and the ticket must be purchased in Japan.

One-way tickets for passengers who are seven years old or older start from 35,000 yen, or $325. The flights are scheduled to begin operations on June 2. 

“Through our relationship with SFO, we are confident this service will provide a valuable link for commercial and cultural exchange for our mutual customers,” Zipair president Shingo Nishida said in the press release.

The airline is set to operate five flights a week between San Francisco and Tokyo. It’s the airline’s third flight route across the Pacific.

The Golden Gate at San Francisco and Shibuya, Tokyo.The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo.

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It currently operates flights between Tokyo and six cities — Los Angeles, San Jose, Honolulu, Bangkok, Seoul, and Singapore. 

Zipair, a subsidiary of Japan Airlines, launched commercial flights in October 2020. Last year, airline review site Skytrax ranked Zipair sixth on its list of the world’s best long haul low-cost airlines.

But the airline has mixed reviews from passengers online. On Skytrax’s customer reviews, the airline has an average rating of 3 out of 10 from 31 reviews. 

One passenger who flew on round-trip flights with the airline from Los Angeles to Tokyo, and Singapore to Tokyo in March said that several of the flights were delayed and canceled. 

But some passengers felt more positive about their experience flying with the airline. Another passenger, who flew economy with the airline from Singapore to Tokyo in February, said they had an “excellent experience” and noted that check-in was smooth.

Tickets for Zipair flights between San Francisco and Tokyo are available for booking on its website.

Zipair did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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