'Hello Kitty' Gets Wings

By Meera Dolasia on May 5, 2012

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Thanks to Taiwanese-based Eva Air, Japan's Tourism Ambassador, the adorable and wildly popular Hello Kitty is now taking to the skies. The company recently announced Magic Jet, their third airplane catering to fans of the cartoon character.

The brand new A330-300 aircraft, joins Apple Jet and Global Jet, which made their debut on December 7th, 2011 and December 23, 2011, respectively.  Passengers traveling in the 300-seater planes do not just enjoy the colorful Hello Kitty themes that are painted on the exterior, but also, experience it throughout the flight.

The fun begins with the 'Hello Kitty' inspired self-service check-In booths, where passengers receive boarding cards with her motif. As they step on the flight, they are greeted by flight attendents wearing Hello Kitty aprons.

Once they plunk down onto their seats that feature the cat smiling down from the headrests, they are treated to Hello Kitty shaped entrees, fruit and dessert. Even the drinks, contain ice that has been shaped like the famous icon.

And then there are of course the branded accessories for passengers to enjoy - like tissues, paper cups, utensils and even milk bottles for the infant fans. If the passengers still haven't had their fill, they can purchase limited edition duty-free products that includes Hello Kitty shaped pasta.

While all this may seem overkill to people who are not fans, the airline says they cannot keep up with the demand, which explains why they had to introduce this third flight and also announce at least one 'Hello Kitty' flight a day!

Born Kitty White, Hello Kitty first appeared on Sanrio stationary in 1974, as one of their 'cutesy' characters, with an intriguing background. Born half British and half Japanese, her 'family' was based out of England. To signify that she spoke a global language from her heart, she was sketched without a mouth.

While the creators had hoped the tale might grab the heartstrings of young kids, even they were surprised at how big a sensation she became, almost instantly. What's even more stunning is that even after all these years she remains a popular icon, not only in Japan, but also, worldwide. Today, the round-faced cartoon is featured on over 50,000 products that are sold in over 60 countries worldwide and bring in an excess of $500 million USD annually, for parent company, Sanrio.

Also, unlike most kid characters, Hello Kitty seems to appeal to both kids and adults, especially in China and Hong Kong, which is the reason Japan's officials appointed her Tourism Ambassador in 2008.

Needless to say, this cute cat is a star within her own company. The Sanrio website is dedicated mostly to her. She also has a blog, a multi-player game site a 3D Japanese television show and a theme park. Are you a fan of this charismatic cat? Were you ever? - Be sure to let us know, by adding your comments below.

Resources: wikipedia.org, dailymail.co.uk, hellokittyuniverse.com

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  • ShelbyFriday, January 30, 2015 at 7:33 pm
    Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • miya101
      miya101Friday, January 30, 2015 at 9:35 am
      Soooooo much hello kitty
      • giggler
        gigglerFriday, January 30, 2015 at 6:26 am
        So odd but cute at same time!
        • socute
          socuteWednesday, January 28, 2015 at 10:00 am
          so weird
          • blossom
            blossomFriday, January 23, 2015 at 3:50 am
            cool i wanna see the plane and i like the food
            • cool catThursday, January 15, 2015 at 10:35 am
              I want to go there
              • mconn
                mconnThursday, December 18, 2014 at 6:03 pm
                this is so cool i want to go to every place that is on here it looks so cool! I want to go so bad!!!!! thats what i want for christmas JK
                • warriorlover123
                  warriorlover123Monday, December 15, 2014 at 8:18 pm
                  cool i want to ride on that plane
                  • JaniylaMonday, December 15, 2014 at 8:08 am
                    Ha cute
                    • vanealta
                      vanealtaThursday, December 11, 2014 at 2:11 pm
                      i want to go on there



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