Sunday, January 5, 2014

Japan Transocean Air introduces 'Sakura Jimbei'.

As planned, Okinawa/Naha (OKA/ROAH)-based Japan Transocean Air (NU/JTA) today introduced the second Jimbei Jet, nicknamed 'Sakura Jimbei', the second special livery in collaboration with Okinawa's famous Churaumi Aquarium, on one of their 13 Boeing 737-400s. Jimbei translates to whale shark, or Rhincodon typus. The first revenue flight with these colors was NU565, service from Naha to Miyako (MMY/ROMY).
Sakura Jimbei. (Image: JTA)

B737-446 JA8992, which began its career with Japan Airlines in 1994 and migrated to JTA after serving JAL Express (JC/JEX) from 1998 to 2011, was chosen for the livery. The aircraft was painted in Taiwan and delivered to Naha on January 3rd.
JA8992's belly design. (Image: JTA)

Along with the first Jimbei Jet, B737-4Q3 JA8939, which is painted blue and was introduced in December 2012, the pink whale shark will swim around Japanese skies until December 2017. It is expected that JTA will release the next day's schedule of Sakura Jimbei on their website, as has been the case with the original Jimbei Jet and the SWAL Retrojet (B737-446 JA8999).
JTA and Churaumi Aquarium's official logo for the Jimbei Jets. (Image: JTA)

Look carefully... she has two baby whale sharks on her belly!

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