These days, it's more likely to be a Japanese anime hero swooshing across the skies than DC Comics' Superman. Taking to the air this time is Gundam, given a 30th anniversary salute by Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) with graphics of the giant meca splashed down the left side of a Boeing 777-300, and its huge head outlined on the right of the jet airliner.
This comes via the ANA x Gundam Sky Project initiative, which will also retail special-edition Gundam plastic model kits in 1/144 (domestic flights from July 1 to August 31) and 1/48 scales (any flight from July 2 to February 28, 2011) at 3,000 yen ($33) and 8,500 yen ($93), respectively.
The Gundam Jet is slated to make runs between Tokyo and Osaka from July 16 of this year to mid-March 2011, with Fukuoka and Sapporo on the flight agenda soon after.
This isn't the first time the Japanese airline has carried out anime collaborations. Past efforts have included several versions of Pikachu from the Pokemon series. Hopefully, those making the effort to fly Gundam will get specially commissioned boarding tickets for the occasion.