MIAMI — ANA, All Nippon Airways, has unveiled today two additional aircraft to feature Star Wars characters. complementing the already-announced R2-D2 themed Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner set to roll out in the coming weeks.
The airline and Walt Disney Company have inked last April a promotional agreement ahead of the launch of the movie tar Wars: The Force Awakens in December 2015. Aircraft selected to wear these novel schemes are a Boeing 777-300ER to feature BB-8, a brand new character, and a Boeing 767-300ER to feature both BB-8 and RD-D2.
“We’re thrilled to unveil the designs of our new Star Wars themed planes, and I’m sure fans across the world will love the look,” said Osamu Shinobe, President and CEO of ANA. The partnership includes the exclusivity of ANA in offer all six Star Wars movies as part of its in flight entertainment options.
The airline has announced that the first Star Wars R2-D2 787 jet will enter into service on October 18, serving flight NH116 between Tokyo and Vancouver, and then fly between Japan and ANA’s destinations in the United States (Seattle and San Jose), Europe (Munich, Paris and Brussels), Australia (Sydney), China (Beijing), and Indonesia (Jakarta).
In November, the BB-8 / RD-D2 767 jet will fly domestic Japanese routes, and then in March 2016 the 777-300 BB-8 airliner is scheduled to start serving international routes principally between Japan and North America (the exact routes have yet to be announced), and for those movie fans and avgeeks, you will be able to see the planes’ schedules at www.ana-sw.com.