Riding a whale of a success
EARLIER this year 12-year-old Japanese schoolgirl Yuki Ogaki won a national contest to design a livery for one of All Nippon Airways' (ANA) new Boeing 747s.
The aircraft she designed, dubbed the ''Marine Jumbo'', proved such a success with the travelling public that ANA told Boeing it would like the same again.
The second aircraft in Yuki's colours, this time a smaller B767-300, has just been delivered to ANA and will be used on its regional routes.
Her wacky livery features a big blue whale accompanied by some of Yuki's favourite sea creatures.
When the B747-400D Marine Jumbo was delivered in September, ANA enjoyed a surge in ticket sales.
Its debut flight from Tokyo was sold out well ahead of the day and seat sales on subsequent flights proved better than normal.
This came as a touch of light relief for ANA which, like other Japanese airlines, has been hit hard by the country's prolonged economic slump.
It took Boeing's painters eight days and one tonne of enamel to paint the Marine Jumbo.