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"This Hello Kitty jet is for everyone. On it, every day is a happy day. We are spreading a message of happiness." - EVA Air's Chairman (and Captain) K.W. Chang
In 2005, EVA Air painted Hello Kitty on the side of a plane. Then they did it again in 2006. The two planes turned frowns upside-down for a few years, but went away in 2008. Then, in 2011, we showed you the return of the Hello Kitty planes, though these newest versions only flitted around Asia at the time. Now, the US finally gets in on the kawaii action as the airline debuts their first Hello Kitty Boeing 777 and a first trans-Pacific route for the cute Sanrio character: Taipei to Los Angeles.
"Other airlines only do the exterior job [of theming a plane], but we've done it all," says Chang. "We want everyone to share our world," before connecting to other Star Alliance flights and returning to their world. You've already read the 11 coolest facts about these airplanes, but see exactly what Chang is talking about in our 77 original photos of outside, inside, and all around the new 777:
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It's not every day you see dancing on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport, but when that dancing is to celebrate the arrival of a Hello Kitty-themed airplane, it's completely warranted.
Slipping into a gate alongside the tails of 787s, 747-8s and A380s yesterday was EVA Air's brand new Boeing 777-300ER, its body painted all over with the cheery cartoons of Sanrio's Hello Kitty and friends.
Over 70 Hello Kitty enthusiasts were on the inaugural flight, joined by a troupe of Hello Kitty dancers, characters, artists and Hello Kitty's creator herself, Yuko Yamaguchi. The arrival marks the beginning of regular, nonstop flights between LAX and Taipei-Taoyuan for this aircraft, which is arguably the most kawaii addition to aviation since Pokémon showed up on some 747s. Even as Alaska Airlines' Mickey Mouse plane passed by, all eyes remained on EVA's Kitty.
Before booking a flight, however, there's some things you should know about EVA Air's Hello Kitty 777:
It's Monday, which means a distraction is definitely in order. Luckily we've got the perfect little one minute comic to share: click to view.
Matthew Inman is the cartoonist behind the brilliant web series "The Oatmeal". He's the sort of dual artist-comedian who expertly illustrates those weird thoughts everyone thinks, but never say.
Over the weekend, while onboard a flight, he had a tiny revelation which led to an on-the-fly comic he drew, uploaded and posted to Twitter all thanks to the magic of in-flight wifi.
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Today Disney's Planes, the 3D animated tale of a little crop duster who dreams of being a race plane, finally hits the big screen. Like most Disney flicks, Planes caters to both kids and adults, but they're also hoping to please another very critical audience - aviation geeks.
Of course, the movie isn't completely accurate - actual planes can't talk or cheer each other on - but there are still plenty of nods to the real thing. Two pilots recently discussed some of the details that will have aviation experts flying high.
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15,000 people saw the Disney movie "Planes" before you, but how can that be? The 3D animated film, which follows the (mis)adventures of a cropduster airplane named "Dusty" in his quest to become a race plane, doesn't debut until this Friday, August 9.
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There's no hiding the fact we are really excited for Disney's newest animated feature, Planes; after all, it is about planes! Valuable life-lessons, star-studded voice-overs and cute talking airplanes, what more can you ask for?
The creative minds at Disney have drawn up Rochelle, a spitfire little racing plane determined to win any race she enters. Acting as the heroine of the story, she is painted pink, hails from Quebec, and voiced by Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Here's the twist, she is only French-Canadian for the North American release of the movie and will take on different names and sport a different paint job in different countries. For example, in the Russian release she's red, white and blue and in Australia and New Zealand, she is the Aussie 'Shiela' with a kangaroo painted near her tail.
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Here's a film we can really get into; 'Planes'! In what could be a modern day twist on the retro animated favorite, Pedro, the newest full-length film from Disney features cute little planes, complete with a heart-warming story conveying a very valuable life lesson. Pay close attention when the movie debuts later this summer (August 9) and you'll notice there's a character we're all familiar with: American Airlines' shiny new 777-300ER.
The widebody goes by the name of Tripp and is (of course) painted in AA's fresh livery as an homage to the newest aircraft in the family. Tripp only has a cameo as a flashy commercial aircraft who motivates the misfit crop-dusting plane, Dusty, to fly higher and achieve greatness. Genius brand placement.
August 9. Mark it in your iCal right now.
That's the release date for Disney's newest animated film, one based on the winning formula of "Cars," but featuring AIRPLANES. And, just as you'd expect, the title of the film is to be "Planes." The story follows the struggles of Dusty, a single-engine plane from a pastoral background who dreams of hitting the big time in air races.
Even cooler still:
We first reported on the development of Planes way back in August 2011 when some initial sketches were released,but recently Disney not only introduced the whole cast of cutesy flying machines, but also announced the celebrities lending their voices to the film.
Without further ado, meet the Planes:
It’s not exactly Universal Studios Russia just yet, but it sounds like some of your favorite theme park characters will be going on a bit of an international road trip. The critters from movies like Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda—and of course there’s Shrek too—have applied for the necessary passports and visas, and they’re ready to depart.
DreamWorks Animation has licensed out many of their fictional characters, as they’re hoping that they can cash in when a couple new theme parks are constructed in spots like St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Yekaterinburg. No need to book your tickets just yet, however, it sounds like the goal is to have the turnstiles swinging for the first time at some point in 2015.
Organizers are promising that the new parks will be some of the continent’s largest indoor fun zones, and that entertainment won’t stop there either. It’ll all be part of a bigger construction project featuring movie theatres, concert halls, hotels, and of course plenty of stores to spend your extra rubles.
[Photo: AIMS Productions LLP]
[Photo: AIMS Productions LLP]
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Uh oh. Taiwan's EVA Air better watch its precious Hello Kitty planes in the coming months, as Japanese carrier ANA is reintroducing their Pokémon-painted plane onto routes. It's a cartoon catfight (or rather, dogfight, since we're talking airplanes).
The routes to get the cartoon jet will be domestic within Japan and served by a Boeing 777 sporting the special livery, starring Pikachu.
Believe it or not, ANA has been flying Poke-painted planes since 1999, when a 747 was launched with the livery. They still have one or two of those big babes flying around, and they recently all came together at Tokyo-Haneda Airport for ANA's celebration of the special liveries. Gotta catch 'em all!
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Disney Adventures is hosting its first expedition inspired by a Disney-Pixar film this summer with “Scotland: A Brave Adventure.”
Travelers will have the opportunity to immerse themselves into the world of Brave. On this 9-day, 8-night trip, guests will visit Edinburgh, the Isle of Skye, the Isle of Lewis and Inverness in Scotland, just as Merida does in the upcoming film.
San Diego International Comic-Con is still months away, but if you want to volunteer at the world's largest comic convention, you better act soon.
Tickets to SDCC are notoriously hard to get, but there is another way to get into the San Diego Convention Centerand it's free. Online volunteer registration for Comic-Con officially opened this week, but space is limited so it's best to apply as soon as possible.