Japanese airline Zipair drops Z logo used as pro-Russian symbol

Zipair’s president said he was dropping the logo to prevent anyone from thinking he was in favor of the dispute.

Tokyo, Japan:

Japanese low-cost airline Zipair only launched in 2020, but an unfortunate coincidence forced a renaming of its logo – the letter Z, now linked to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The symbol sparked controversy around the world after it was spotted on Russian tanks and military uniforms in Ukraine.

It has since appeared on cars and clothing in Russia and online and has become a sign of support for the invasion, a patriotic trend the Kremlin is keen to encourage.

Zipair Chairman Shingo Nishida said Wednesday that the company is dropping the logo to prevent anyone from mistakenly thinking his company is in favor of the bloody conflict.

“Some people might feel that when they see it without any explanation,” he told reporters, according to Kyodo News and other local media.

Zipair’s new logo – a green, black and white geometric design – will replace the black “Z” currently on the tail fin of its planes from Saturday, according to reports.

Zipair, a subsidiary of Japan Airlines, connects Narita International Airport near Tokyo to Bangkok, Seoul, Honolulu, Singapore and Los Angeles.

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