Tintin takes flight, on the side of a Brussels Airlines jet

Brussels Airlines has repainted an Airbus A320 to resemble the famous shark-shaped submarine from Herge's 1944 album Red Rackham's Treasure to serve as an ambassador of Belgium.

Rechristened Rackham, the jet depicts boy reporter Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy looking from the "submarine's" cockpit; the image is accompanied by the slogan "Brussels Airlines -- We fly you to the home of Tintin."

The theme doesn't stop with the outside of the craft, however: The rear cabin walls (below) feature images from the book of Tintin and Captain Haddock, and copies of Red Rackham's Treasure will be available in Dutch, French and English for passengers to enjoy.

Rackham will remain part of the Brussels Airlines fleet until 2019.

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