A number of commercial aircraft have flown with Pokémon themed liveries throughout the years. From 1998 to 2016, All Nippon Airways had various Boeing 747, Boeing 767 and Boeing 777 airliners decorated with Pokémon paint schemes as part of a series called Pokémon Jet. The majority of Pokémon featured on each plane were from the generation that was the newest at the time of its introduction. Progressively more Pokémon aircraft were added throughout the years. The last aircraft was added in 2011 - a Boeing 777 titled the "Peace Jet", and the first to feature Generation V Pokémon, such as Reshiram. The final aircraft was re-liveried back to ANA's standard livery in 2016.
On June 21, 2021, The Pokémon Company revived the trend with Pokémon Air Adventures (Japanese: そらとぶピカチュウプロジェクト Flying Pikachu Project), an initiative to support the airline industry after the near total shutdown of air travel in Japan caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Skymark Airlines was the first airline to join the scheme and launched the first Pikachu Jet, a Boeing 737 decorated with several flying Pikachu. The program would later extend to Taiwan (China Airlines), Singapore (Scoot Airlines), and South Korea (t'way Airlines).
All Nippon Airways
ANA Pokémon Jet 1998
During the winter of 1992, ANA held a contest to design one of its jets. The winner was a sixth-grade girl named Yuki Ogaki, who submitted a whale-themed design later titled the Marine Jumbo. Due to interest in this uncommon paint job, ANA painted another Boeing 747-400D with a Snoopy design in 1996. In 1998, this aircraft was repainted again, and this time, it was a Pokémon design. This design was also popular, and led to ANA creating several more planes with Pokémon designs. This plane's Aircraft registration number is JA8965.
Two additional jets - both Boeing 767-300s - were later painted in the same design. Their registration numbers were JA8569 and JA8578.
This set of livery was retired in 2001. JA8965 retired in June 2013 while JA8569 and JA8578 remains in service to this day.
ANA Pokémon Jet International
The ANA Pokémon Jet International debuted in 1999, carrying passengers from Tokyo to New York City. As its name suggests, its primary use continued to be international flights. This plane's registration is JA8962.
Featured Pokémon is the same as the three planes stated above:
This plane is one of the only Pokémon planes to have the ANA logo on the tail instead of a picture of Pikachu.
The livery was retired in 2006 and the aircraft retired in 2010.
ANA Pokémon Jet 1999
The ANA Pokémon Jet 1999 debuted in 1999, making its first flight was from Osaka to Tokyo. This aircraft is used for domestic flights only, and its registration number is JA8964.
Later, two additional aircraft, both Boeing 767s, were painted in the same livery, registration numbers JA8288 and JA8357.
This set of livery was retired in 2006. JA8964 retired in 2011.
ANA Pikachu Jumbo
The ANA Pikachu Jumbo, colored in a distinctive yellow, flew for the first time in May 2004 between the same airports as the ANA Pokémon Jet 1999, Osaka and Tokyo. At the airport in Okinawa, a towing car was painted yellow to go along with the jet. This plane's registration is JA8957.
- Pikachu ×4
The livery was retired on October 8, 2013 along with Ohana Jumbo (JA8956) as both jumbos retired from service, ending Boeing 747's decade-long title as series flagship.
ANA Ohana Jumbo
The ANA Ohana Jumbo took to the skies for the first time in 2004. "Ohana" means "flower" in Japanese, which is the theme of this plane. Flowers are painted around the bottom of the plane, and some Grass Pokémon can be seen on it. This aircraft features the Pichu Brothers. Its registration is JA8956.
- Pichu ×2
- Pikachu ×4
The livery was retired on October 8, 2013 along with Pikachu Jumbo (JA8957) as both jumbos retired from service, ending Boeing 747's decade-long title as series flagship.
A new member of the Pokémon Jets was added in 2011, when a Boeing 777 was re-painted in Pokémon colors. ANA had originally allowed children to vote on the livery of the jet, but the tragic 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami stopped this. Instead, it was painted in colors meant to show a world filled with peace, and was dubbed the Peace Jet. This aircraft's registration is JA754A. It is the first to feature Generation V Pokémon.
This livery was retired in May 2016.
Pokémon Air Adventures
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Pikachu Jet BC
On June 21, 2021 Skymark Airlines introduced the first Pikachu Jet as part of the Pokémon Air Adventures program. The jet will primarily operate flights in and out of Okinawa, but will also fly on other Skymark Airlines routes, and is named Pikachu Jet BC in reference to Skymark's BC airline code. The aircraft is yellow and is decorated with a total of 10 flying Pikachu (plus an extra underneath), and Skymark's blue tail has the Pokémon logo added. This aircraft's registration is JA73AB.
- Pikachu ×11
On November 9, 2021, Air Do unveiled a Vulpix Jet (Japanese: ロコンジェット Rokon Jet) as part of the Pokémon Air Adventures program. The aircraft is decorated with Vulpix on the starboard side, and Alolan Vulpix on the port side. This aircraft's registration is JA607A.
Pikachu Jet TW
On December 28, 2022, t'Way Airlines launched the first Pikachu Jet as part of the Pokémon Air Adventures program (Korean: 하늘 나는 피카츄 프로젝트 Flying Pikachu Project) in South Korea. The jet will primarily operate flights in and out of Gimpo Domestic Airport, and also between Gimpo and Songshan, Taiwan. The exterior and interior are designed with various Pokémon, and the boarding pass, boarding music and various utensils within the plane are also Pokémon-themed. From January 1, 2023, the airline has started to sell special edition goods, including Poké Ball-design blankets, Pokémon keyrings and gel pens. All passengers receive a Pikachu sticker, and a passenger lucky enough to obtain a Pilot Pikachu sticker will win a free ticket to Japan. This aircraft's registration is TW667.
- During flights on ANA Pokémon Jets in the year 2000, a pin depicting Pikachu and Pichu was given to each person who was traveling.
- Occasionally ANA would held distribution events for the celebration of new Pokémon Jets or other seasonal events in Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Japan, for Japanese versions of the main series games. They all have "ANA" (which stands for All Nippon Airways) as their OT.
- A Flying Pikachu was first distributed in 2004 for Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, and LeafGreen Versions in commendation of the launch of Pikachu Jumbo and Ohana Jumbo.
- A Darkrai was distributed on Winter 2010 for Black and White Versions in partnership with Pokémon Center in promotion for their winter vacation event.
- Another Flying Pikachu was distributed in 2011 for Black and White Versions in commendation to the launch of Peace Jet.
- In 1998, an exclusive print of Flying Pikachu depicting an aircraft in the background and a Dragonite was released in the "Pokémon Getaways" campaign; passengers of the flight could redeem their boarding passes for these two cards. While Dragonite was later available in Japan through Pokémon Web and in English through a promotion in conjunction with Mewtwo Strikes Back, the Pikachu card was never released in English.
- The ANA Pikachu Jumbo was featured in the Pikachu shorts Pikachu's Exploration Club, Pikachu's Ice Adventure, and Pikachu's Big Sparking Search.
- In 2020, as part of The Pokémon Company's partnership with Japan’s tourist board, a Solaseed Air jet received decals featuring Exeggutor and Alolan Exeggutor, as well as decorations inside the plane.
- The fleet and featured Pokémon was taken from Pokémon Jet, therefore, it has the references stated on that page.
- ↑ 20 photos of ANA’s cute Pokemon jets - Bouncing Red Ball (archived from the original December 22, 2008; retrieved July 8, 2021)
- ↑ Pokémon Air Adventures started! - The Pokémon Company (retrieved July 8, 2021)
- ↑ Pikachu Jet BC has landed! - The Pokémon Company (retrieved July 8, 2021)
- ↑ Skymark Airlines Pikachu Jet Boeing 737 Enters Service - Simple Flying (retrieved July 8, 2021)
- ↑ Pikachu Jet BC - The Pokémon Company (retrieved July 08, 2021)
- ↑ https://nintendosoup.com/japanese-airline-unveils-vulpix-themed-aircraft-taking-flight-this-december/#:~:text=Japanese%20airline%20AIRDO%20has%20announced,Vulpix%20on%20the%20other%20side.
- ↑ https://archive.md/u45JA
- ↑ https://archive.is/PkROK
- ↑ Pokemon 2000 Ana Pikachu Pichu Pin Badge (retrieved March 28, 2010) (Dead Link)
- ↑ Pokémon Planes Brought Back By Japan’s Solaseed Air - Simple Flying (retrieved July 8, 2021)
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