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Either scream in delight or horror but a Hello Kitty jet has flown into Los Angeles. - Photo from AFP
Some passengers might shudder at the idea but others might just book a flight to fly with this kawaii (cute) cat from Japan.
THE most famous cat in the world will be making its maiden voyage into the US this month, when Taiwanese airline Eva Air sends its first Hello Kitty-emblazoned jet into Los Angeles.
After accompanying passengers on Asian routes to Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, China and Guam for years, the cartoon kitten that has become fetishised for generations the world over will make her first North American journey later this month on a B777-300, reports Business Traveller Asia-Pacific (www.businesstraveller.asia/asia-pacific/news/eva-hello-kitty-flight-to-fly-to-la). The service is also likewise to enter Europe in the future.
Three times a week, passengers travelling between Taipei and Los Angeles will fly on a Hello Kitty jumbo jet, where everything –and we mean everything – is emblazoned with the remarkably simple but iconic image: a bow-tied, three-whiskered, mouth-less white cat.
If the American (http://evakitty.evaair.com/en) Hello Kitty experience is anything like the program in Asia, it’s not for the faint of heart or cute-averse, as the journey starts at the check-in counter where passengers are given baggage tags and boarding passes stamped in her image.
Planes are similarly kitted out with Hello Kitty-themed seats, soap and toilet paper. Should you suddenly feel nauseous or OD on the cutesy motif, you’ll be looking straight into the bottom of a Hello Kitty sick bag. Need something to cut the nausea? Tuck into your bag of Hello Kitty mixed nuts or rice cakes or take a sip of water from your Hello Kitty cup.
In other words, dog lovers beware.
Currently Eva Air flies five Hello Kitty-themed A330 aircraft including Magic, Apples, Music, Around the World and Speed Puff within Asia. The flights into LA start Sep 18.
In other cartoon aviation collaborations, meanwhile, Disney teamed up with American Airlines last month for a cameo in the 3D animated film Planes. – AFP Relaxnews
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