Text: Serge Van Heertum - Pictures: Serge Van Heertum, Sabena media, Coll Guy Liesse - Translation: Marc Arys    © sbap 2018
In 1996, the comic's strip, which was born in Belgium, reached its centenary.
What was called the 7th art was celebrated by the Belgian national airline Sabena, which quite often within the history of those drawn and aquarelled figures, was represented to serve these heroes.
As such, various aircraft of this airline sported renowned characters born in Belgium.
On June 19th, 1996 was held the official presentation of the project on an A340 with his "Smurf", but above all an Avro RJ85 with the renowned reporter "Tintin" and his little canine friend "Snowy".
Sadly, due to litigation between the airline and the company managing the heritage of Hergé, the portrayal of "Tintin & Snowy" disappeared from the project.
So it was that during the summer of 1996, all these characters flew worldwide on six different aircraft types, valorizing this Belgian art.
These drawings were, of course, not gigantic, but the project had the delight to exist, showing that the "Sabeniens" (employees of Sabena) had quite some ideas and could live up over the course of the events.
Maybe, now 22 years ago, some of our readers had the chance to fly with Nero, Willy & Wanda (Suske & Wiske), Marsupilami, Billy & Buddy (Boule & Bill), the Smurfs (Les Schtroumpfs) or the cowboy shooting faster than his shadow, Lucky Luke.
In short all our childhood souvenirs above the clouds…
The official presentation of the comics action in the summer of 1996
(Sabena media ©)
Following a litigation, "Tintin & Snowy" were not applied on the RJ85 fleet
(Sabena media ©)
 Preparing the Sabena fleet for the summer comics action  (Sabena media ©)
With the complicity of:
Marc Sleen
Willy Vandersteen
André Franquin
Jean Roba
Tintin et Milou (Tintin and Snowy)
Suske en Wiske (Willy and Wanda)
Boule et Bill (Billy and Buddy)
Les Schtroumpfs (Smurfs)
Lucky Luke
Avro RJ85
De Havilland Canada DHC-8
British Aerospace Bae-146
Boeing B-737 (229 - 329- 429 - 529)
Mc Donnell-Douglas DC-10
Airbus A340
Boeing B747-329
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(Coll Guy Liesse)
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A pleasant collaboration between Sabena and comics...
(Jean Roba creation ©)
...of comic heroes used for Sabena products
(Hergé ©)
Sabena was often a fascination for belgian cartoonist  (Le secret de la licorne - Hergé ©)

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