Registered JA837J, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner Japan Airlines wearing the Olympic Torch Relay livery – a joint-project between All Nippon Airways and JAL to bring the torch from Greece to Japan – has been spotted in Tokyo Narita.
The renderings of the aircraft wearing this livery were released in autumn 2019 and now we can see the 787-8 freshly painted. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) in association with the Greek Ministry of Health were forced to cancel the Greek leg of the Olympic Torch Relay. The handover of the Olympic Flame will happen as scheduled on 19 March 2020.
Ahead of it's flight to Greece 🇬🇷 to carry the Olympic flame 🔥 to Japan 🇯🇵
— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) March 18, 2020
使用機材はJALの787-8 (JA837J) で、3月18日に羽田空港を出発、聖火とともに20日、宮城県の松島基地へと帰国予定です。運航はJALとANAが協力して実施します。 pic.twitter.com/RERcxYozjQ
— 月刊エアライン編集部 (@ikarosairline) March 15, 2020
— Aviation Wire (@Aviation_Wire) March 15, 2020
“The Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) regrets very much that it has to announce the cancellation of the up-coming legs of the Greek leg of the Olympic Torch Relay. This is even more regrettable after the huge success of the relay during its first two days with big crowds gathering along the route and at the ceremonies.
Unfortunately, the latest developments concerning the spread of the COVID-19 virus has led the HOC, in association with the Greek Ministry of Health, to the conclusion that this was the best possible decision in order to contribute to the containment of the virus. The Olympic Flame will be handed over as planned to the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee on Thursday, March 19th at the Panathenaic Stadium, although there will be no public in attendance.”