ANA Releases Second Livery Honoring Japanese Anime Demon Slayer
Japanese airline All Nippon Airways is adding a second special livery to its aircraft collection, celebrating the Japanese animated series Demon Slayer. The airline will introduce the second livery on a Boeing 767-300ER from March 26, with the aircraft scheduled for several domestic routes.
ANA, like many airlines, is no stranger to special liveries celebrating TV series and movies. Historically, the airline’s Pokemon Boeing 747 was well known for this. More recently, Star Wars has been a focus of the airline’s special liveries, with Pokemon making the transition to other Japanese airlines. Now ANA adds Demon Slayer to their roster.
A demon-slaying Boeing 767
In mid-November, Japanese airline ANA revealed that it would be playing a Demon Slayer-themed livery on its Boeing 767. The first livery was applied to JA616A, a 15-year-old Boeing 767. According to the flight records of FlightRadar24.comthe aircraft probably rolled out of the paint shop in its new livery on January 30, and returned to service a day later.
It looks like ANA’s partnership with Demon Slayer is going well, as another domestic Boeing 767 plane is now set to get a slightly different livery celebrating the series. JA608A is next. According to ch-aviation.com, this Boeing 767 is 19.51 years old. With a current value of $14.09 million, the portal estimates the aircraft will be retired later this year.
ANA’s latest Demon Slayer livery. Photo: ANA
Where will he fly?
The first Demon Slayer 767 featured the series’ four main characters. This plane will be different, instead displaying nine important characters from the Kimetsu no Yaiba story series. The airline intends to launch the new livery at the end of March. As it stands, a scenic flight aboard the aircraft is scheduled for March 25. ANA will not announce the first scheduled routes on March 26 in advance, but the airline has revealed the plane’s schedule from March 27 to April 10. The plane will operate as follows,
- NH 671 – Tokyo Haneda (HND) 07:00 – Hiroshima (HIJ) 08:25
- NH 674 – Hiroshima (HIJ) 09:05 – Tokyo Haneda (HND) 10:25
- NH 589 – Tokyo Haneda (HND) 12:10 p.m. – Matsuyama (MYJ) 1:40 p.m.
- NH 592 – Matsuyama (MYJ) 2:35 p.m. – Tokyo Haneda (HND) 4:00 p.m.
- NH 35 – Tokyo Haneda (HND) 5:00 p.m. – Osaka Itami (ITM) 6:10 p.m.
- NH 38 – Osaka Itami (ITM) 7:00 p.m. – Tokyo Haneda (HND) 8:15 p.m.
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According to ANA, all passengers traveling on NH671, NH674, NH592 and NH38 on March 27 will receive a commemorative Demon Slayer notebook. There will also be themed offers on board the aircraft. According to ANA, flights will have a limited-edition headrest cover applied, while flight attendants will wear themed aprons. Finally, characters from the series will make announcements on board.
The plane will regularly head west from Tokyo. Photo: Cirium
The reason the plane may have a different schedule on March 26 is likely the last day of IATA’s winter schedule. We can however guess where the plane can fly. According to calendar data from Cirium, ANA has scheduled 33 Boeing 767 flights from Tokyo Haneda on March 26, serving 12 destinations. The possible destinations are Asahikawa (3 flights), Sapporo (12 flights), Fukuoka (3), Hiroshima (1), Hakodate (1), Ishigaki (1), Osaka Itami (6), Osaka Kansai (1), Miyako ( 1), Matsuyama (2), Okinawa (1) and Kobe (1).
Why is ANA doing this?
If you’re wondering why ANA is decorating a second plane with the Demon Slayer livery, the airline’s Executive Vice President, Customer Experience Management & Planning has the answer. Junko Yazawa commented,
“The launch of the latest livery inspired by ‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba’ is a sign of how ANA aims to bring passengers back through engaging promotions onboard the aircraft.”
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