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10 airliners with creative paint jobs

By: Josh Lew on Sept. 16, 2015, 3:37 p.m.
JAL's 50th Anniversary Dream Express jets featured various Disney characters, including this one called "Friends"

Photo: Ken Fielding/Wikimedia Commons

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JAL Dream Express

Japan Air Lines, better known by the acronym JAL, wanted to find an interesting way to mark its 50th anniversary. Back in 2001, the Japanese carrier celebrated five decades in the industry. That same year, Walt Disney would have turned 100 years old. The carrier decided to mark both birthdays by painting some of its planes with a Disney theme.

In all, six planes were given the Disney treatment. These were among the most detailed plane-side artworks ever produced. Unfortunately, for Disney fans, the anniversary celebrations were short-lived. All six planes have since been repainted. However, a new JAL-Disney "logo-jet" did take to the skies in 2013 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Disneyland Tokyo.