All Nippon Airways To Launch Exciting New Pikachu Jet in Summer 2023

Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) has announced the launch of its first Pokémon-themed jet in seven years to inspire people to explore the world as travel restrictions ease. The colourful aircraft will operate on international routes from Haneda Airport (HND), Japan, starting in Summer 2023.

All Nippon Airways Pokémon-themed plane
Pikachu and friends will take to the skies with ANA’s latest Pokémon-themed livery. © All Nippon Airways

Blasting Off At The Speed Of Light In Summer 2023

As part of the “Pokémon Air Adventures” initiative, All Nippon Airways has teamed up with the Pokémon Company with the aim of bringing people closer together and encouraging them to explore the world with the Pikachu Jet following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The latest collaboration includes the launch of a Boeing 787-9 aircraft dubbed “Pikachu Jet NH”. The plane can seat up to 246 passengers and will feature a specially-themed interior. Passengers will be able to enjoy in-flight entertainment such as Pokémon Kids TV and POKÉTOON, and exclusive merchandise will also be available to purchase.

In addition to fan-favourite Pikachu, ANA’s latest Pokémon-themed livery features flying-type Pokémon from across the generations, including first-generation trailblazer Charizard, legendary Pokémon Rayquaza, Latios and Latias and newer additions such as Rowlet, Emolga, Togekiss, Vivillon and Corviknight. The aircraft’s engines will also feature other famous faces, so eagle-eyed passengers are advised to keep a lookout for more sneaky pocket monsters when boarding.

Pikachu Jet NH is scheduled to start operating out of Haneda Airport, Japan, in just two months’ time to destinations around the world on the following routes between 4th June and 28th October 2023*:

Eligible Flights Flight Numbers
Haneda ⇔ Bangkok, Thailand NH847/NH850/NH849/NH848
Haneda ⇔ Singapore NH841/NH844/NH843/NH842
Haneda ⇔ Jakarta, Indonesia NH855/NH856
Haneda ⇔ Manila, the Philippines NH869/NH870
Haneda ⇔ Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam NH891/NH892
Haneda ⇔ Delhi, India NH837/NH838
Haneda ⇔ Sydney, Australia NH879/NH880/NH889/NH890
Haneda ⇔ Vancouver, Canada NH116/NH115
Haneda ⇔ Honolulu, Hawaiʻi NH186/NH185

*The above routes/eligible flights are subject to change and will only be confirmed on the day of the flight.

Pokémon Air Adventures
ANA and the Pokémon Company have collaborated with each other a number of times over the years. © All Nippon Airways

All Nippon Airways’ History Of Pokémon-Themed Liveries

ANA’s partnership with the Pokémon Company is not the first time Pikachu and friends have taken to the skies.

Between 1998 and 2016, ANA launched numerous special Pokémon liveries as a part of its Pokémon Jet series. Operating on both domestic and international routes, the airline’s jets incorporated 10 different designs spanning multiple generations of Pokémon.

The airline’s first Pokémon livery, featured on a B747-400D aircraft, was unveiled in 1998 to coincide with the release of “Pokémon: The First Movie,” with all themed liveries and the aircraft upon which they featured eventually being retired from operations in 2016.

Pokémon-themed airplanes
Gotta Catch ‘Em All! Best of luck trying to catch up with all of ANA’s Pokémon-themed liveries. © Yoshiharu Mohri (all images)

Flying Billboards Making For Creative Advertising

ANA’s latest themed livery is not the first time an airline has creatively utilised the planes in its fleet.

Numerous airlines have used their liveries over the years to effectively serve as “flying billboards.” Such liveries can be used not only to display an airline’s insignia and branding but also to promote TV shows, film franchises and more.

Airlines such as ANA, New Zealand Air and Alaska Airlines have used their liveries to promote film franchises such as “Star Wars”, “The Hobbit” and “Toy Story”, respectively.

What are your thoughts on ANA’s latest Pokémon-themed livery? Are you planning to join Pikachu and friends on any of the featured routes? Let us know in the comments!

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