MATSUSHIMA, JPN - Last Friday, a Boeing 787 operated by Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airlines (ANA) delivered the Olympic fire after a long journey from Greece. The aircraft, a special painted Dreamliner nicknamed "Tokyo 2020 Go" (東京2020号) is a former JAL special livery jet with the registration JA837J. Before the unique Olympic Torch Relay design, Japan Airlines operated this aircraft with a special painting dedicated to the Japanese cartoon character: Doraemon.
Though the aircraft's touchdown was not filled with the pomp and circumstance the Tokyo 2020 Game Committees were expecting, it's arrival still showed a beautiful welcoming with the help of the Japanese Air Self Defense Force's acrobatic team, the Blue Impulse. The Blue Impulse team is expected to perform in the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with a display of the colorful Olympic Ring. Previously, the team has performed for the 1964 Olympics, 1998 Olympics, 1970 World Expo, 1990 World Expo, and the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Most recently, speculations surround the fate of the Tokyo Games with the growing world pandemic of the COVID-19 crisis. The Tokyo Metropolitan government hopes to continue with the torch relay and work closely with the Japanese government in order to ensure the start of a safe game. In quote of the Olympic Torch Relay, "Hope Lights Our Way".
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