Eight amazing themed jets for hardcore fans

From The Simpsons to Barcelona FC, these incredible themed jets make you want to take to the skies

ANA launched this Star Wars themed jet last year. Photo / iStock
ANA launched this Star Wars themed jet last year. Photo / iStock

Star Wars, ANA

Japanese airline All Nippon Airways unveiled its Star Wars themed planes for the release of The Force Awakens last year. On the maiden voyage of its R2D2 Boeing 777, an array of fans dressed as their favourite characters took to the sky.

And its latest creation, a tribute to cute droid BB-8, took its first flight last month.

Inspired by the imagination and ingenuity of STAR WARS, we created the BB-8™ ANA JET. It has arrived in Los Angeles last...

Posted by All Nippon Airways on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Hello Kitty, EVA Airways

There are seven Hello Kitty themed jets around the world, but it's taken to the next level on Eva Airways - everything is Hello Kitty themed, from the headrests to the food, and even the bathroom.

EVA Air's Hello Kitty jet can be tracked around the world. Photo / Facebook, EVA Air
EVA Air's Hello Kitty jet can be tracked around the world. Photo / Facebook, EVA Air

Dedicated Kitty fans can check the airline's website to see where the special plane is flying next.

A Hello Kitty meal on EVA Air. Photo / Facebook, EVA Air
A Hello Kitty meal on EVA Air. Photo / Facebook, EVA Air

The Hobbit, Air New Zealand

The Hobbit-themed Air NZ 777 arriving at Wellington International Airport. Photo / Mark Mitchell
The Hobbit-themed Air NZ 777 arriving at Wellington International Airport. Photo / Mark Mitchell

Our national carrier is no stranger to themed livery. Following its Lord of the Rings planes, the airline unveiled a tribute to The Hobbit in 2012.

Frozen, WestJet

Westjet's Frozen plane featured Elsa, Anna and Olaf the snowman. Photo / Westjet
Westjet's Frozen plane featured Elsa, Anna and Olaf the snowman. Photo / Westjet

This amazing plane dedicated to the immensely popular Disney film Frozen would send young passengers into a frenzy. The 737 was handpainted and used 643.5 litres of paint in 23 different colours.

It was the airline's second collaboration with Disney - its earlier effort was a Sorcerer's Apprentice plane featuring Mickey Mouse.

Barcelona FC, Turkish Air

Turkish Airlines put the whole Barcelona FC team on a plane. Photo / Mertborak, Wikimedia Commons
Turkish Airlines put the whole Barcelona FC team on a plane. Photo / Mertborak, Wikimedia Commons

Turkish Air was so proud to be a major sponsor of Barcelona FC that they plastered the whole team down the side of a jet.

The Simpsons, Western Pacific

Western Pacific's Simpsons jet attracted a lot of attention. Photo / Aero Icarus, Flickr
Western Pacific's Simpsons jet attracted a lot of attention. Photo / Aero Icarus, Flickr

While this airline was only around between 1995 and 1998, it became well known for its brightly coloured livery. In fact, they were the first to offer the entire exterior of its jets up for rent. This paint job paying tribute to The Simpsons was their most famous offering.

Starcraft, Korean Air

Korean Air's StarCraft jet. Photo / Bryan Rhee, Wikimedia Commons
Korean Air's StarCraft jet. Photo / Bryan Rhee, Wikimedia Commons

In 2010, Korean Air hoped to appeal more to the younger generation - so it dedicated two jets to the video game StarCraft II ahead of its release.

Pokemon, ANA

ANA launched three Pokemon jets in 1998. Photo / iStock
ANA launched three Pokemon jets in 1998. Photo / iStock

In 1998, at the height of the Pokemon craze, ANA unveiled themed jets featuring the video game/cartoon. Passengers were treated to a full Pokemania experience, with themed headrests, staff uniforms, food and souvenir bags.


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