ANA flies Boeing with message hoping for rebirth of disaster-hit Japan and to increase the number of travelers to Japan
All Nippon Airways on Monday unveiled a Boeing 777 aircraft with a message in English expressing its hopes for quick reconstruction of disaster-hit Japan painted on its fuselage alongside Japan’s national flag. On May 2nd, ANA displayed a Boeing 777-300ER (JA786A) with the relief-related message at New York’s John F Kennedy Airport (JFK) for photographers and invited media.The aircraft, bearing the message ‘‘Forward together as one Japan’’ and the Hinomaru flag, departed New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport for Narita in Japan shortly after noon Monday.
ANA plans to use the aircraft on three routes—Narita-New York, Narita-London and Narita-Frankfurt—for the time being. On top of expressing hopes for recovery, the move is intended to increase the number of travelers to Japan as fewer foreigners have been visiting the country due to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the airline said.