It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a … Jigglypuff?Pokémon-themed airplanes are starting to appear in the skies in Japan.
Solaseed Airlines, a local carrier based on the island of Kyushu, debuted a Pokémon-painted plane on December 19.
The plane is part of a tourism collaboration between The Pokémon Company (which owns and licenses the characters) and various regions of Japan. Miyazaki, on the eastern coast of Kyushu, is the eighth prefecture to join the partnership.
Each prefecture is assigned a dedicated Pokémon of its own. Miyazaki’s is Exeggutor as he resembles the phoenix palm tree native to the area. The northern island of Hokkaido has the Alolan Vulpix (suited to cold weather, which is fitting for the snowy prefecture), and Fukushima is has pink-colored Chansey, who has powers of healing.
Meanwhile, Japan’s ANA has the droids from “Star Wars” on some of its airplanes, and Taiwan’s Eva Air has Hello Kitty-emblazoned planes and a branded airport lounge.