As part of celebrations in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympics, All Nippon Airways unveiled an airplane with a colorful livery depicting famous landmarks of Japan as well as images of athletes in action.
The Boeing 777 aircraft, nicknamed the "Hello 2020 Jet," was shown to the media at Tokyo's Haneda airport on Jan. 28, 2018, ahead of its first flight the following day to Fukuoka, southwestern Japan. The plane will be used for domestic flights through the end of the games in August 2020.
Tourist attractions such as the Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Skytree and Mt. Fuji appear alongside images of Olympic and Paralympic sports such as baseball, cycling, swimming and wheelchair basketball in brightly colored paintings on the fuselage.
The design was created by Asahi Matsumoto, a 16-year-old high school student in the western Japanese port city of Kobe, who won the ANA "Paint the Plane Contest."
The Tokyo Games' official emblems are also printed on the headrest covers on the plane's seats and the flight attendants' aprons.
Matsumoto, who received a model aircraft of the special jet from Japanese table tennis star Ai Fukuhara at the unveiling ceremony, said he dreams of becoming either a designer or an aircraft mechanic in the future.