Whale Shark Airplane unveiled

Whale Shark Airplane unveiled

On December 25, at Naha Airport, children from Motobu participated in the ceremony held to display the airplane painted to look like a whale shark.

December 26, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 25, at Naha Airport, an unveiling ceremony was held for an airplane featuring a whale shark design for Japan TransOcean Air (JTA). It was a tie-up event marking the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and the 45th anniversary of JTA’s foundation. The aircraft will be used for five years. Ahead of its maiden flight on December 26, 40 children from Motobu were invited to enjoy a sightseeing flight.

The design of the airplane was based on a whale shark named Jinta from Churaumi Aquarium. The company hopes that just as Jinta swims in the sea, the airplane flying freely in the sky will conjure up the image of Okinawa. Hikaru Ogido, a fifth-grade pupil of Izumi Elementary School in Motobu said, “It’s just like the whale shark I saw at Churaumi Aquarium. I’m looking forward to seeing it flying up in the blue sky.”

(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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