The latest PlaneTags by MotoArt are created from the authentic, original skin of JA98AD - Air Do’s first new plane and first 767-300ER. Keep reading to learn more about this plane’s history and how MotoArt has honored it.
Air Do was founded in 1996 as Hokkaido International Airlines, a regional airline based in Sapporo Japan. Nicknamed the “Wings of Hokkaido”, Air Do sought to establish itself as a low cost regional airline which would connect the prefecture with the rest of Japan. The airline began operating shortly after Japan approved a deregulation policy that allowed airlines to set fares on domestic routes. It began offering three round trip flights between Tokyo and Sapporo in December 1998, using its brand new Boeing 767-300ER, JA98AD. By July 2000, it had added another aircraft and was operating six round trip flights between Tokyo and Sapporo each day.
Over the years, Air Do reached many passenger milestones, including its thirty millionth passenger in May 2019, as well as the addition of several more routes between Tokyo and Sapporo and other destinations within Japan. It later became a subsidiary of All Nippon Airways and now operates 30 round-trip flights on 10 routes, with their current fleet of Boeing 767-300 and 737-700 aircraft.
Hokkaido International Airlines - Air Do Boeing 767-300; JA98AD, June 1998 flickr photo by Aero Icarus shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license
The 767 is a two-aisle, twin-engine wide body jetliner. The 300ER, the most successful 767 variant with more orders placed than all other variants combined, allows a three class cabin configuration with up to 218 passengers, with an extended range of up to 5,980 nautical miles (11,070 km). The 300ER offers the lowest operating cost per trip of any twin-aisle airplane currently in service.
The 767 was developed in tandem and shared many design features with the Boeing 757, allowing pilots to obtain a common rating to fly both aircraft. It was intended to replace the Boeing 707 and other narrow body jets, while still providing twin aisle seating. It received the 767 designation in February 1978, followed by the 767-300 in 1986 and the 767-400ER in 2000.
This 767 rolled out of Boeing’s Everett, Washington plant, with its first flight February 3, 1998. It was registered as N767AN and was delivered to Ansett Worldwide (AWAS) soon after on February 13, 1998. It was then leased to Hokkaido International Airlines, later Air Do, in March 1998, and reregistered as JA98AD. It was Air Do’s first new aircraft and first 767. It flew exclusively for Air Do for 22 years, until it was withdrawn from service on January 20, 2021.
This video is about JA98AD and its good-bye. Although it is in Japanese, the Closed Captioning can be changed to other languages. What is clear is that JA98AD is revered and recognized for its role in the airline’s history, and a symbol of what Air Do has tried to deliver to its customers over the years.
Its final flight delivered JA98AD to Roswell, New Mexico, in what was thought would be its final resting place. However, MotoArt owner Dave Hall heard about the aircraft and knew that it should join the PlaneTags fleet.
“This was Air Do’s first plane,” says Hall. “It was also part of the beginning of an incredibly successful and competitive market after airline deregulation in Japan. It was a no-brainer to honor this aircraft and keep it alive in some way.” Hall and the team were in time to obtain the skin material before it was completely scrapped.
The newest PlaneTags are created from JA98AD and are numbered to 5,000 in the series. They will initially be offered in the bright, warm pastels of Air Do’s livery: white, light blue, buttery yellow, black - and combinations of some of the colors. Don’t be caught unaware on release day - sign up for the mailing list or download the app and enable notifications so that you don’t miss getting the PlaneTags in the colors that you want.
Looking for a gift for a pilot or an aviation enthusiast? PlaneTags make the best gifts, especially when they are customized. Air Do 767 PlaneTags are for anyone who loves travel, history, aviation or someone who is trying to collect PlaneTags from every aircraft available. Shop now at planetags.com.
MotoArt has created 767 PlaneTags in the past, including the now sold out Gimli Glider PlaneTags and the following:
If you want to add a 767 PlaneTag to your collection, grab one of these before they are all gone.
In addition to the All Nippon Airways 767 PlaneTags, we also have ANA Boeing 777-200 PlaneTags, made from #JA8968.
In case you missed these, read more about MotoArt’s Boeing 767 releases: