ANA Unveils Its R2-D2™ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

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Back in June I wrote a brief article about the fun Japanese airline ANA has been having with its Disney  partnership – specifically with all the promotional material surrounding the new Star Wars movie.

Back then ANA had promised us a 787 Dreamliner painted to resemble the droid R2-D2 and they supplied an artist’s impression of what the plane would look like:

ANA Star Wars Livery R2-D2

That was all the information we had.

Well, the plane has been rolled out, we have pictures and we finally have some route information:

Images courtesy of ANA

ANA Star Wars Livery R2-D2

ANA Star Wars Livery R2-D2

It’s remarkably similar to the “artist’s impressions”.

Not only is the outside of the plane dressed in Star Wars livery but the interior is said to feature “themed in-flight decorations” (headrest covers, paper napkins, cups) and all 6 of the existing Star Wars movies will be playing on the in-flight entertainment system.

The Dreamliner will enter service on 18 October on ANA’s Tokyo-Vancouver route (NH116) before moving on to other international routes. The other routes will include:

USA –  Seattle and San Jose
Europe – Brussels, Munich and Paris
Australia – Sydney
China – Beijing
Indonesia – Jakarta

ANA is decorating two further planes with Star Wars livery – the first, a 767-300, will be decorated as one of the new characters from the soon-to-be-released movie (hopefully this one isn’t as annoying as Jar Jar Binks!) while the second will be a 777-300ER and will follow in the footsteps of the Dreamliner with an R2-D2 livery.



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