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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Brussels Airlines And Tintin's Rackham

My dearest friends,

Did you knew that Brussels Airlines has a plane - an Airbus 320, to be precise - that is painted with Tintin? Disguised as the famous shark submarine from the TinTin album “Red Rackham’s Treasure”, the Airbus A320, baptized as “Rackham”, is one friendly plane. Rackham is the pride and joy of the company and it even has its own page! You can go online and see where it will fly to and from next and you can see the latest pictures from Instagram that were tagged with its very own hashtag #SNRackham.
Not only the outside of the aircraft is painted in this spectacular Tintin livery. In addition, the atmosphere continues on the inside of the plane, where the rear cabin walls have also been reworked and carry images of Tintin and Captain Haddock from the same comic album. "Rackham" is derived from the name of a Tintin album called "Red Rackham's Treasure", in which Tintin and Captain Haddock navigate a shark shaped submarine in search of the treasure of a pirate called Red Rackham.
Several Tintin designs were on the table during the planning phase of the project, but it became clear very soon that for both Moulinsart and Brussels Airlines, it had to be the shark, as no one expects a shark in the sky. (source)
You can find the schedule for Rackham for the following three days in this link. The schedule listed is the most current, but please keep in mind that it can change last minute, and without notice. After all, would you expect less from a crazy shark in the sky? :) The livery will stay until 2019, according to the press release and the page dedicated for him, but I must admit I would rather they change their mind and let it stay indefinetely. It is quite a sight to behold and it makes one smile :)
HINT!!! In case you aren't a Tintin fan and haven't read 'Red Rackham's Treasure' the airline is providing it on the aircraft in three languages: Dutch, French and English. We did not knew that unfortunately, at the time we boarded the plane, else I would have asked for a copy. But who knows, maybe you will be luckier so make a mental note if ever you get inside this lovely aircraft! I think that will make the time pass even more pleasant :)
You can follow the latest Instagram Pictures live on Meet Rackham Page :)
So if you never visited Belgium I think this will be a great opportunity. If you will book Brussels Airlines check in advance if you are lucky to get with this lovely piece of art and get your camera/phone ready. And don't forget to ask for the comic book to read it while you are up in the clouds, inside the belly of a fabulous shark ;)))

** This post was made out of love for flying in beautiful aircrafts. I was not repayed in any way and all the opinions are my very own, straight from the heart! Long live #SNRackham - Long live Tintin! Keeping my fingers crossed for your very own #SNRackham adventure :)  **

Yours truly,
The Twisted Red LadyBug That Loves Comic Books With All Her Heart :)