Friday, February 28, 2014

JAL unveils Samurai Blue Jet.

On February 26th, sponsoring companies of the Japan National Football (Soccer) Team Japan Airlines (JL/JAL) and convenience store chain Family Mart together unveiled 'Samurai Blue Jet' to support the team's participation in FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. 'Samurai Blue' is the nickname for the team.
Boeing 777-246 JA8985 inside JAL's hangar at Haneda. (Photo: Aviation Wire)

The aircraft, Boeing 777-246 JA8985, received a decal in the rear with official logos of the Japan Football Association (JFA) and messages, along with approximately 400 photos of supporters who submitted them during the 'Make Dreams Your Power 2014' campaign. JA8985 was one of JAL's six Disney Happiness Express (JAL winding down Disney Happiness Express ops.) planes until last week.
A closer look at the 'Samurai Blue Jet' livery. (Image: JAL)

Japan team's manager Alberto Zaccheroni was on hand at the unveiling ceremony inside JAL's hangar at Tokyo/Haneda (HND/RJTT), commenting "I am especially happy to see our supporters' smiles on the airplane. We need the support of all related people to win". 'Samurai Blue Jet' entered service on the same day with flight JL329, service from Haneda to Fukuoka (FUK/RJFF). It will ply domestic skies until the end of July.

Source: Japan Airlines, February 26th. (in Japanese)

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