ANA, Japan’s largest airline, announced Saturday that two new Star Wars-themed aircraft will join the previously unveiled R2-D2 ANA Jet.
The BB-8 ANA Jet, a Boeing 777-300ER, will feature the image of BB-8, a new character from the franchise’s forthcoming installment, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, while the The Star Wars ANA Jet will feature both BB-8 and R2-D2 on a Boeing 767-300.
The aircraft are part of the Star Wars Project, which ANA launched in April after signing a five-year contract with Disney to promote the Star Wars brand. In addition to the planes’ signature outward appearance, the project includes in-flight movie paraphernalia, ranging from Star Wars headrest covers to movie-themed napkins distributed during beverage service.
Perhaps more exciting for fans than the ability to travel in a Star Wars jet is that they will be able to watch Star Wars while doing it. ANA will become the only airline to offer all six of the franchise’s movies as part of its in-flight entertainment plan.
The three Star Wars jets will serve both domestic and international routes, beginning with the rollout of the R2-D2 for international flights in October, followed by the rollout of the Star Wars Jet for domestic Japanese routes in November, and finally by the rollout of the BB-8 for international routes in March 2016.
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