A few weeks back I was channel surfing and came across KTSF26, a local channel in the Bay Area that screens shows from Asia (mostly Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino, but on weekends, Farsi and Indian). A show was starting called "Good Luck!", which to my best guess, follows a fictional flight crew through life's problems and travails. The flight crew is from ANA. The broadcast is in Japanese without English subtitles. A quick search on the net revealed that the series ended in 1998. Even though I can't understand a single word of whats being said, I have watched the show each Sunday night for the past 3 weeks.
It's very intereswting because it appears that the show had all access to ANA facilities. The actors wear ANA uniforms, and many scenes are filmed in mainenance hangers amongst 747s in for repear (one of the amin characters is a mechanic). Many scenes are also filmed on the tarmac next to aircaft and ground equipment. Additional filming occurs in what can only be an ANA Flight Ops Center, fully outfitted with computers, staff, and the ANA logo splashed around everywhere (this ops center looks awfully authentic). There are also inflight cabin scenes which are very, very realistic, down to the placement of the galleys and lavatories on a 747, to the appearance of the inflight meals.
Has anyone heard of this TV
series and whether or not it was popular in Japan. How long did it air? What kind of commercial agreement did the creators have with ANA?
I'm sure a series like this wouldn't be able to operate in today's security environment with access to planes, hangers, and what would otherwise be secure airport areas.
Not all who wander are lost....