Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA Group) has reintroduced a new member of the Pokémon Jet family, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner dubbed ‘Pikachu Jet NH,’ which is painted in a special Pokémon livery.
On June 4, 2023, the ANA aircraft fleet’s newest member will begin passenger flights on several international routes. The Pikachu Jet NH will fly to Tokyo and Southeast Asia, as well as Delhi, Vancouver, Sydney, and Honolulu.
“Pokémon Air Adventures” is a collaboration between All Nippon Airways (ANA) and the Pokémon Company to launch its specially painted Pikachu Jet NH. “The collaboration will include a variety of special products and services, such as original goods and in-flight entertainment,” ANA stated in a statement issued on March 26, 2023.ANA stated in a statement issued on March 26, 2023
“The “Pokémon Air Adventures” project aims to elevate the excitement of travel with the world of Pokémon by easing travel restrictions.” This new venture demonstrates the company’s unwavering commitment to reintroducing people to the joys of travel and mobility,” the airline concluded.
The 5.6-year-old Boeing 787-9 aircraft, registered JA894A, was added to the ANA fleet in December 2017. The exterior of the repainted Pokémon Jet now has a livery that depicts the Sky High Pokémon Rayquaza across the entire fuselage to create a striking effect.
The interior of the aircraft, meanwhile, has a Pokémon-themed design and a new in-flight entertainment system that will be available to passengers on domestic and international flights beginning in July 2023.
The airline made a hint that “Pokémon are also hidden inside the engines.”
In 1998, following the release of the first Japanese anime fantasy adventure movie “Pokémon: The First Movie,” ANA unveiled its first two promotional Pokémon Jets, the Boeing 747-400D, registered JA8965, and the Boeing 767-300, registered JA8569.
At the time, 151 Pokémon characters, including the most well-known and recognisable yellow mouse-like creature Pikachu, were painted on each aircraft.
Since the launch, ANA has added a total of 10 aircraft to its fleet of Pokémon Jets, including the Boeing 747-400D, two Boeing 767-300s, two Boeing 747-400s, two Boeing 767-300s, and two additional 747-400 wide-bodies in 1998, 1999, and 2013. In 2016, the airline’s final Boeing 777-300 Pokémon Jet put an end to this livery trend.
However, other airlines, such as Singapore’s Scoot and three regional Japanese carriers Solaseed Air, Air Do, and Skymark Airlines, as well as other low-cost carriers, copied the inventive ANA’s idea and added similar-themed aircraft to their fleets.
Up until 2028, All Nippon Airways intends to use the specially painted Pikachu Jet NH for five years.
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