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10 airliners with creative paint jobs

By: Josh Lew on Sept. 16, 2015, 3:37 p.m.
Two of ANA's Pokemon-themed jets

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ANA Pokémon jets

"Pokémon" is one of Japan's most popular exports. All Nippon Airways, better known simply as ANA, has had a number of themed jets over the years. Its Pokémon planes have proven to be among the most popular and buzzed-about "logo jets" in the Japanese carrier's fleet.

The first plane with Pokémon characters appeared in 1998 at the height of the deck-building game's popularity. Unlike most specially-painted jets, which are repainted after a short time, the flying Pokémon have remained in operation. Two planes, painted in 2004, flew until they were retired in 2013. Even today, 17 years after the first Pokémon jet rolled onto the tarmac, there is still one Boeing 777 in ANA's fleet that features the franchise's fictional creatures.