(CNN)— This is a bird, this is an airplane, this is a…Jigpuff?
In Japan, some Pokémon-themed airplanes began to appear in the sky.
Solaseed Airlines, a local carrier located on the island of Kyushu, Japan, first launched a painted plane painted with Pokémon on December 19. Its first flight was from Miyazaki City to Tokyo Haneda Airport.
This aircraft is part of a tourism cooperation between the Pokémon Company (ownership and licensed role) and various regions in Japan. Miyazaki Prefecture on the eastern coast of Kyushu is the eighth county to join the partnership.
The logo color of Exeggutor is part of the onboard design.
Each county is assigned its own Pokémon. Hayao Miyazaki was chosen as Exeggutor because he resembles the local Phoenix palm tree, while the northern islands of Hokkaido have Alolan Vulpix (suitable for cold weather and snowy prefectures), and Fukushima is represented by pink -Colored Chansey with healing power.
Not only the appearance of the aircraft has Exeggutor function. On the ship, there were Exeggutor headrests on the seats, and some passengers also received special Exeggutor stolen goods, such as pens and stickers.
For those who do not have air travel plans, there are also Exeggutor-themed buses in Miyazaki, Miyakojojo and Nobeoka. Dedicated planes and buses will operate at least until the end of 2021.
Wine coated with popular characters is an interesting tradition in the aviation industry. Jack, Finn, and Princess Bubblegum from the popular TV show “Adventure Time” have appeared on a cartoon network brand plane on Thai Smile, a regional airline in Thailand.
Junko Ogura of CNN contributed the report.