|Artwork adorns the side of a Boeing 787 jetliner (source)|
Anime News Network has shared a story published by the Mainichi Shimbun, a major newspaper in Japan, detailing the results of the "Fly the Skies" program, an art contest held by Japan Airlines (JAL) from 2007 to 2008. After a delay in the project in the years since, a group of seven children were selected as winners from a group of over 13,000 participants. Their artwork, along with a piece by Miyazaki, now adorns the side of one of JAL's flagship airplanes.
|Miyazaki's contribution is an illustration from one of his short films (source)|
As a continuation of the program, JAL will screen Miyazaki's 2002 short film Kūsō no Sora Tobu Kikaitachi (Imaginary Flying Machines) and Porco Rosso on future flights. During production, JAL served as a major investor in Porco Rosso after originally commissioning it as a short film based on Miyazaki's manga Hikōtei Jidai (The Age of the Flying Boat) for transatlantic flights.