Japanese Airline ANA Launches ‘Star Wars’-Themed Jets

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A computer rendering of all three ANA jets. Image courtesy ANA.
A computer rendering of all three ANA jets. Image courtesy ANA.

ANA, Japan’s biggest airline, rolled out three specially painted airplanes in honor of Star Wars. The first, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner painted as R2-D2, will enter service on the airline’s Tokyo-Vancouver route on October 18, but will then be used on various flights including trips to San Francisco, San Jose, Europe, Australia, China, and Indonesia.

The interior of the R2-D2 jet. Image courtesy ANA.
The interior of the R2-D2 jet. Image courtesy ANA.

The interior of the plane will also feature a Star Wars theme, including R2 seat covers and cups. All six Star Wars movies will be available for in-flight viewing (although, of course, we hope only three will actually be watched), marking the first time the movies have been available on any in-flight entertainment system.

The unveiling of the R2-D2 jet. Image courtesy ANA.
The unveiling of the R2-D2 jet. Image courtesy ANA.

The jet was unveiled at a ceremony at Boeing’s Everette, Washington, facility in a ceremony attended by officials of ANA and Boeing, along with R2, 3PO, and Stormtroopers.

In November, a 767-300 decorated as BB-8 from the upcoming The Force Awakens will begin domestic flights within Japan, and then next March a 777-300ER painted with R2 on one side and BB-8 on the other will enter international service.

Close-up of the R2-D2 jet's cockpit. Image courtesy ANA.
Close-up of the R2-D2 jet’s cockpit. Image courtesy ANA.

This is the first time Star Wars characters have appeared on the exterior of commercial airplanes.

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