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  • Joe Breitfeller

China Airlines’ First ‘Pikachu Jet CI’ Charity Micro-Trip Takes Off

China Airlines’ charity micro-trip ‘Pikachu Jet CI’ A321neo, registration B-18101, took flight on Friday, September 30, 2022. The aircraft took off from Taoyuan Airport at 11:00 with China Airlines’ President, Kao Shing-Hwang serving as tour guide for the day.

China Airlines' First 'Pikachu Jet CI' Charity Micro-Trip Takes off on Friday, September 30, 2022 - Courtesy China Airlines

On Friday (September 30, 2022), China Airlines announced that their first charity micro-trip ‘Pikachu Jet CI’, an Airbus A321neo, registration B-18101, departed Taoyuan Airport at 11:00. With China Airlines’ President, Kao Shing Hwang, serving as tour guide for the day, the aircraft flew north over Miyako-jima, Okinawa and Kagoshima, greeting Japan at long last. The aircraft landed at Songshan Airport in Taipei at 15:07, bringing the one-day Pokémon trip to a successful conclusion. The micro-trip generated a big buzz among fans, with the 80 limited-edition seats selling out in only nine minutes. All proceeds from the micro-trips will be donated to the Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (TFCF). The carrier also invited healthcare workers and children from the TFCF non-profit kindergarten to participate in the trip. Additionally, 100 tonnes of carbon credits were donated by China Airlines for all guests on the trip.

A special event was held at the boarding gate at 09:30 on Friday to celebrate Flights CI17616’s charity micro-trip. VIP’s attending the ribbon cutting ceremony included China Airlines’ President, Kao Shing-Hwang, Senior Vice President Chen I-Chieh, and The Pokémon Company Corporate Officer, Sasumu Fukunaga. Photos were taken and given to each traveler as a memento, and Pikachu also showed up to see the passengers off. Micro-trip guests also had the opportunity to stand on the apron to view the Pikachu Jet CI from all angles.

The signature menu for the micro-trip was inspired by the Pokémon theme and featured hand-selected local ingredients that incorporated signature color motifs. Menu selections included Tomato with Cheese Bread, Beef Hamburger with Omurice in Tomato Gravy Sauce, and Pan-Fried Chicken Thigh with Omurice in Tomato Gravy Sauce. For dessert, guests were treated to Pokémon Herbal Jelly, adding a layer of fun to the meal. For an even richer flying experience, Business Class guests were served a bespoke dessert created in partnership with Le Ruban, a French-inspired patisserie in Taipei City.

China Airlines' Celebrates the Launch of the First 'Pikachu Jet CI' Flight - Courtesy China Airlines

One of the highlights of the trip was the mid-flight lottery draw of a Business Class return ticket for short-haul routes. Additionally, China Airlines’ prepared a luxurious gift pack for every guest, which included a personalized commemorative boarding pass, a Pokémon hand-washing stamp, a limited edition fragrant hand sanitizer pack, a China Airlines branded 4D face mask, a Kelly Kiwi notebook, and A321neo ribbon, and a custom non-woven carry bag. A Pikachu Jet CI model will also be sent out to each guest following the trip.

Starting October today (October 1st, 2022), the special-liveried jet will be displayed at Songshan Airport where visitors can view the aircraft from the observation deck. On October 2, 2022, the aircraft will operate its first flight on the Taipei-Songshan to Tokyo-Haneda route. Guests onboard Flight CI220 will be treated to a relaxing breakfast prior to boarding at the restaurant adjacent to the gate. In the future, passengers boarding the Pikachu Jet CI will receive an exclusive boarding pass when checking in at the airport or online. The printed boarding pass will be available in two styles, while the electronic boarding pass will be available in six random formats.

Source: China Airlines

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