A Flying Pokémon, ROKON in AkzoNobel colors takes off

February 10, 2022

AIRDO is a regional oriented Japanese airline that likes to contribute to development of Hokkaido, so when The Pokémon Company proposed painting one of its airplanes as part of a ‘Pokémon Local Act, it was only too delighted to be involved.

The design has been brought to life in partnership with AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings, and specifically by using AkzoNobel’s Aerodur 3001/3002 basecoat clearcoat system to give the airplane the standout performance it deserves, both in terms of the brilliance and vibrancy of the colors and the durability of the coating in a challenging environment.

Pokémon livery on the tail of the AIRDO aircraft

11 special colors were uniquely developed by AkzoNobel’s color teams for this project in close consultation with AIRDO and The Pokémon Company. The aircraft was expertly painted in Japan by MRO JAPAN (MJP).

Pokémon livery on the tail of the AIRDO aircraft

Jemma Lampkin, Sales Director, Asia Pacific for AkzoNobel says AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings helps customers to make an impact: “We’re well known and respected for long-term re-branding programmes for many of the world’s biggest airlines, but we especially enjoy the opportunity of working on special projects like this."

The first ROKON JET departed Shin-Chitose Airport in Hokkaido in Dec 2021 route for Tokyo’s Haneda airport.

Two Pokémon mascots posing next to the Airdo aircraft

“We are thrilled to join forces with Pokémon Air Adventures on this special project,” commented Director, Takashi Yasuhiro of AIRDO. “We want everyone to look to the skies with a smile on their face.”

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