March 30, 2011

Pikachu in the Sky

Since 1998, ANA (All Nippon Airways) has been using Pokemon-themed Boeings for domestic and international flights.

The plane I was on is the most recent model, unveiled in 2004. ANA was planning to release a new model this summer and have the public vote on the new design. However, this was halted after the March 11 earthquake, and plans to reveal the winning design on TV were scrapped.

While I missed out on the whole Pokemon craze that began in 1996, I appreciated the sense of fun that was projected onto the plane. I'd be curious to see how the plane looks when it's in the sky! 

If you're in the mood, you can make your own paper Pokemon plane! Just download, print, color, fold, and glue!
The link is here:
http://www.ana.co.jp/travel/topics/paper_airplane/vol2/index.html

1 comment:

tigerchanter said...

I would have thought that the Pokemon craze would have been long over in Japan! I guess not! :)