MIAMI — The force is strong with ANA. This week the Japanese carrier shuttled the cast and crew of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” between the movie’s world premieres in the United States and United Kingdom.
ANA’s custom R2-D2 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flew stars Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, the director of The Force Awakens J.J. Abrams, and producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy on a chartered flight from Los Angeles to London. The flight number NH1977 to honor the first Star Wars film released in 1977.
“ANA is proud to be part of the global celebration for Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” said Osamu Shinobe, President and CEO of ANA. This year, All Nippon Airways and Disney announced a partnership to paint three aircraft as a promotion of the coming movies of the Saga.
Through the Star Wars™ Project, All Nippon Airways expects to raise awareness of its brand internationally, besides connecting Star Wars fans around the world. “As we fly passengers to Japan and across the world, we aim to provide our guests with the magic and joy that these films spark. As the first aircraft to be decorated with Star Wars livery, there was no question that the R2-D2™ ANA JET was chosen to fly between the U.S. and U.K. premieres of Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Shinobe said.
The cast of the movie hit the red carpet for the film’s global premiere in Hollywood, where they signed a scale model of the forthcoming BB-8 ANA jet, a Boeing 777-300ER to debut in March 2016, mainly on routes between North America and Japan.