The popular Pokémon (Pocket Monsters) television series entered the fleet of All Nippon Airways* in late June. ANA had asked elementary school children to compete featuring Pokémon characters chosen from about 40,073 entries. Shota, the winner of the competition, signed his name on the aircraft’s door. In explaining how he chose his design, he said, “I wanted to give the Pokémon that usually live at sea a chance to experience the thrill of flying in the sky. I can’t believe that planes carrying my design are really going to fly.”
Interior of the Pokemon plane – this is a make believe interior photo. It looks as though the cartoon is projected onto the plane’s interior panels.
The new Pokémon jets are now being used on ANA’s domestic routes linking 30 cities, including a recent flight to San Francisco.
*Images shot by contributors of Airliners.net which I merge together – notice the ship in the center.
Below: The winner of the art contest belongs to Shota. Here is the drawing as shown at http://www.ana.co.jp. Here’s how Shota expresses the joy of flight using his view of how the cartoons can express the excitement of flight.
Below: Pokemon Ana Airlines website. Unfortunately, there are no images of the actual Pokemon planes at that website.
Here are more other cartoon on airplanes on my blog