The planes will help promote the newest Star Wars film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which will be in theaters in December. The two additional liveries will both feature a new droid character called BB-8.
Starting in Spring 2016, a Boeing 777-300ER will feature BB-8 by itself, while there will also be a Boeing 767-300 featuring both R2-D2 and BB-8 that will begin service in Winter 2015.
Here’s a video featuring all three liveries:
If you happen to live in Japan, ANA is giving away tickets for the special launch of their first R2-D2 jet. The flight will depart and arrive back at Tokyo Haneda. Passengers will be required to wear Star Wars-themed costumes, but this should not be a problem for true fans.
If you’re wondering how you can fly on the ANA R2-D2 plane, here is the rough schedule following the initial flight (subject to change):
After the Fan Appreciation Flight event on Saturday October 17, R2-D2™ ANA JET is scheduled to go into service on international routes. 2015 Scheduled Flight Routes October 18: Haneda = Vancouver Mid-October to Late-November: principal destination Narita = San Jose Early-December: principal destination Narita = Seattle Mid-December and beyond: Haneda = Sydney, Haneda = Jakarta, Haneda = Beijing, Haneda = Munich, Haneda = Paris, and other destinations
It looks like they’re trying to get the plane to as many destinations as possible, which will be nice for fans, though potentially risky for anyone hoping to ensure they fly on a Star Wars plane. For full information, ANA has set up a special Star Wars site. Anyone planning on flying on one of these planes?
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