The Boeing factory in Everett Washington has rolled out a special edition Star Wars R2-D2 787 for Japan’s largest carrier, Air Nippon Airways (ANA). The specially painted aircraft with a jointly-themed interior marks the first of three planes to be decorated with Star Wars characters as part of an agreement between ANA, and The Walt Disney Company Japan.
“Today the time has come to bring the ANA Star Wars project to life and we hope Star Wars fans across the world will be as excited about our R2-D2 ANA Jet as we are,” said Hideki Kunugi, Senior Vice President, the Americas, ANA.
The R2-D2 ANA Jet is scheduled to go into service on October 18th, initially between Tokyo and Vancouver, followed by routes between Japan and other cities, including the US (Seattle and San Jose), Europe (Munich, Paris and Brussels), Australia (Sydney), China (Beijing), and Indonesia (Jakarta).
The 215-seat aircraft will feature Star Wars themed decorations, such as headrest covers, napkins and cups. Light sabers will likely need to be checked with your baggage.
Passengers will also be able to enjoy all six of the currently released Star Wars films as part of ANA’s in-flight entertainment options. This will be the first time any of the Star Wars movies have been shown as part of an in-flight entertainment system.
“At ANA we’re always looking for ways to improve the flying experience for our passengers, and what better way to start your trip to Asia than on a one-of-a-kind Star Wars plane?” asked Kunugi.
Well, that is a good question.
While you’re pondering that, check out the video and some cool shots of a cool new plane.