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General Call by Narita Airport and Keisei Electric for Nickname Submissions for New Rapid Railway Opening in 2010

General Call by Narita Airport and Keisei Electric for Nickname Submissions for New Rapid Railway Opening in 2010

A concept design of New Skyliner by Kansai Yamamoto

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On December 17, Narita International Airport in Narita, Chiba Prefecture and Keisei Electric Railway in Sumida Ward, Tokyo announced a general call for submissions to give a nickname to the Narita Rapid Railway planned to open in 2010.

The railway will be a new 51.4 kilometer-long route providing access to the airport, running between Narita Airport Station and Keisei Takasago Station via the Hokuso Line. Up to three new Skyliners and limited express trains will operate on the line every hour. The new Skyliner can reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h on conventional Japanese railroads, and can run between Nippori Station and Airport Terminal 2 Station in as little as 36 minutes. The design for the rail cars announced in April of this year by fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto also generated a lot of attention at the time.

Nickname submissions, which anyone can make, have been accepted at a special website since December 20. The person who submits the adopted name will win a 100,000 yen travel voucher, and ten random contestants will be chosen to receive “original new Skyliner goods.” There are plans for widespread use of the nickname on railway information boards as well as in information on directions to and advertising for Narita Airport. The airport “expect[s] to get a new, fast, and friendly name.”

Submissions can be made until January 15, and results will be announced on both Keisei’s and Narita’s websites.

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