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In celebration of these unique aircraft designs, TPG Editorial Intern Danielle Truglio shares a list of top plane liveries that will excite travelers of all ages.
In honor of the upcoming release of the new Star Wars film, ANA has partnered up with The Walt Disney Company to produce a series of plane liveries that will blow your mind. This week, Japan’s largest airline announced that BB-8, a character from the new film, will be featured on the livery of the BB-8 ANA Jet, a Boeing 777-300ER. ANA is also creating the Star Wars ANA Jet, which will showcase both BB-8 and R2-D2 on a Boeing 767-300.
But ANA certainly isn’t alone when it comes to custom designs. Here’s our list of 5 of the coolest plane liveries in the sky:
1. The Hobbit – Air New Zealand
Take flight on this Boeing 777-300ER and experience what it’s like to travel with your (precious) friends from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Praised for its incredibly intricate detail, the plane features the largest decal ever to be applied to an aircraft.
2. Pokémon – ANA
ANA revealed its first set of Pokémon planes on July 1, 1998 in honor of the release of Pokémon: The First Movie. Today, only one Pokémon jet remains: a Boeing 777 with the tail number JA754A.
3. Hello Kitty – EVA Air
This 777-300ER Hello Kitty Jet is a huge hit with Sanrio fans young and old. The plane is decorated from head to toe with the face of the cartoon cat. Everything from the boarding passes, to the in-flight meals and even the headrests and toilet paper are covered with Hello Kitty designs.
4. Mickey Mouse and Friends – Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines has a series of Disneyland planes decked out with popular characters including Donald Duck, Goofy, Tinker Bell and more. This Boeing 737-900, better known as the Spirit of Disneyland II, features Mickey Mouse and his whole gang.
5. Hekla Aurora – Icelandair
The livery on this Boeing 757 celebrates Iceland’s Northern Lights. In addition to the exterior’s out-of-this-world design, the aircraft includes exquisite interior lighting that mimics the illumination of the Aurora Borealis.
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