ANA’s Fly! Panda celebrates 20 years of flying to China

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Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has decorated a Boeing 767-300 aircraft in celebration of 20 years of flying to China, and 35 years of China-Japan friendship.

The aircraft is patched with black spots to look like a cute Panda, and the theme continues inside the aircraft.

Everything from headrests to cabin crew uniforms, deserts to napkins has been pandered!clip_image006.jpg
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The name Fly! Panda was chosen after a naming competition took place between Japanese elementary school children.

The theme was designed by Takayuki Soeda, and it took 350 people 80 hours to transform the plain plane to panda plane.

Fly! Panda, though unique, is not the first ANA decorated livery aircraft. The carrier also has a “whale” aircraft, introduced in 1993, and an oh-so-popular Pokemon one.

ANA hopes this new design will attract passengers flying mainly from Beijing to Tokyo, and that Fly! Panda will have its highest load factor during the Beijing Olympics next year.

By Isabelle Male

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One Response to ANA’s Fly! Panda celebrates 20 years of flying to China

  1. yan 29 July, 2007 at 9:43 pm #

    It is an really original idea.

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