Pikachu mascots are seen beside a Skymark Airlines plane. Pictures/AFP
Sakeena Banday, Gulf Today
A Japanese airline launched a new Pokémon-themed aircraft featuring Pikachu livery attached to balloons on June 21, 2021.
The first flight of the Boeing 737-800 aircraft is scheduled, and it will operate the route between Tokyo and Okinawa.
Japanese carrier Skymark launched the Pikachu-themed airplane at a colourful ceremony featuring Pikachu mascots.
Tsunekazu Ishihara, president of the Pokémon Company, revealed the new Pokémon-themed livery at Tokyo's Haneda international airport.
The aircraft is all painted in yellow and the plane’s exterior design features Flying Pikachu, with some additional cool details such as a Pikachu peeking out of one of the airplane windows.
The inside of the airplane has Pikachu everywhere- from headrest design to the amenities served.
The aircraft launch is timed to mark Pokémon’s 25th anniversary celebrations.
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Some 600,000 Olympic tickets purchased by overseas residents will be refunded, as will another 300,000 Paralympic tickets, Toshiro Muto, the chief executive of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee told a news conference. He declined to say how much the refunds would cost.
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