It’s not something we say often but here it is: it’s been a good year for geeks.
Coinciding with the release of the trailer for “The Force Awakens”, ANA (Japan’s carrier All Nippon Airways) has just launched a five year Star Wars Project which notably features a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner painted to look like R2-D2. The Star Wars themed plane will begin flying international routes in the northern hemisphere sometime during the fall of 2015 a few months before the film’s release on December 18th.
ANA flew a Pokemon aircraft not long ago, so the announcement of a partnership with Disney and LucasFilm shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Additionally, ANA was quick to note that R2-D2 was chosen because of his reliability, having been featured in every Star Wars movie so far.
It’s no surprise that ANA chose the 787 to become the iconic beeping robot – the Japanese airline operates the largest 787 fleet in the entire world. ANA is also notable for being the first airline in Asia to have the full family of 787 Dreamliners in operation after Boeing announced ANA finalized an order for three 787-10 Dreamliners.
You may not be heading anywhere a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, but you sure can pretend if you’re flying out of any of the 37 cities ANA operates out of.
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