MIAMI— From a galaxy, far, far, away. A special guest was descending into Vancouver to the delight of many who traveled to Vancouver International Airport to catch a glimpse of this foreign visitor.
At approximately 14:00 local time, the visitor appeared on short final: the ANA Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner decked out in a special Star Wars R2-D2 scheme was about to touchdown to complete its first revenue flight to the delight of many fans on hand, both in Japan where the aircraft departed from, and in Vancouver BC where the aircraft landed in its first scheduled flight.
May The Force be with us all! #YVR2D2 lands at Vancouver International Airport. #R2D2ANAJET pic.twitter.com/Xw24ljuzUv
— Vancouver Airport (@yvrairport) October 18, 2015
Last month ANA officially unveiled the new scheme, partnered with Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd. to launch the first of three aircraft that will feature characters from the upcoming Star Wars movie. Our photographer Daniel Gorun was on hand to capture these great images of the plane’s inaugural revenue international flight.
After its inaugural flight R2-D2 will then fly between Japan and other cities in ANA’s international network including the US (Seattle and San Jose), Europe (Munich, Paris and Brussels), Australia (Sydney), China (Beijing), and Indonesia (Jakarta).
Here comes the highlights in-flight! #R2D2ANAJET pic.twitter.com/5jN53QF8pB
— All Nippon Airways (@FlyANA_official) October 17, 2015
And the force will be stronger in the coming months as the two other themed aircraft will be released. One of them, a Boeing 767-300 featuring both BB-8 and R2-D2, will begin flying domestic Japanese routes in November and then, in March 2016, a Boeing 777-300ER is scheduled to start serving international routes principally between Japan and North America featuring BB-8, a new character to be introduced in the forthcoming film.
We would like to thank the Vancouver Airport Authority for its help with covering this historic landing as they provided media with the ramp access to capture these images.