Star Wars R2-D2 plane unveiled

Travel News 18 Sep 2015

The Boeing Dreamliner 787-9 dressed as R2-D2 by the Japanese airline ANA was rolled out at a Star Wars convention in California

R2-D2 looks sad and confused as he observes the roll-out of the world's first commercial plane to be painted as a Star Wars character. Where am I supposed to sit, he thinks, before slinking off back into the hangar to look for C-3PO.

This is what might have happened when ANA, the Japanese airline, unveiled its new R2-D2 plane, had it not been a carefully choreographed press event and had R2-D2 actually been real.

But instead it all went to plan, and now the world need only wait for the Boeing Dreamliner 787-9 in the Star Wars droid's livery to take to the skies for its debut flight on October 18, from Tokyo to Vancouver. The plane will then go on to fly from Japan to destinations around the world.

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Telegraph Travel first reported on the plane last month, but these are the first images to emerge of ANA's R2-D2 Jet, taken as it was shown off at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California. It is the first of three planes that will be dressed in such a way to celebrate the release (December 18) of the forthcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens .

Of the other two planes, a Boeing 767-300 and a Boeing 777-300ER, one will be decorated with BB-8, a new chatacter from the upcoming film, and the second will be another R2-D2 jet.

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The Star Wars theme will be continued inside the planes with character headrests, napkins and cups.

The airline has also secured exclusive rights allowing it to broadcast all six of the currently released Star Wars films on board – the first time any Star Wars film has been available on a commercial flight.

“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 of the Americas at ANA, at the launch.

“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?”

Well, quite.

 

This article was written by Hugh Morris from The Daily Telegraph and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.