On December 16, 2017, JTA’s next Boeing 737-800, registered as JA06RK (msn 61480), successfully operated its first flight from Renton, WA. The new logo jet is painted in the pink Whale Shark livery, known in Japan as “Sakura Jinbei”.
The new Boeing 737-800 is expected to replaced the original “Sakura Jinbel” which has been operating on this Boeing 737-400 registered as JA8992:
Above Copyright Photo: Japan Transocean Air-JAL Boeing 737-446 JA8992 (msn 27917) (Sakura Jimbei) HND (Akira Uekawa). Image: 921975.
The pink female companion (with a baby Whale Shark underneath), “Sakura Jimbei” was unveiled by Japan Transocean Air on January 5, 2014 on the Naha, Okinawa to Miyako route.
The two Jimbei (Whale Shark in Japanese) logo jets are in support of Okinawa’s Churaumi Aquarium and the first in captivity birth and rearing of a Whale Shark. JA8992 also wears a Formosan cherry blossom by the front door.
JTA is phasing out its fleet of Boeing 737-400s in 2018 and replacing them with the newer Boeing 737-800s.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by JTA): Japan Transocean Air-JAL Boeing 737-800 WL JA06RK (msn 61480) (Sakura Jimbei) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 940332.