Global: All Nippon Airways unveils Star Wars-themed planes

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is developing three Star Wars-themed aeroplanes as part of an agreement with The Walt Disney Company Japan.

ANA is developing three Star Wars-themed planes (
ANA is developing three Star Wars-themed planes (

BB-8, a new Star Wars: The Force Awakens character, will be displayed on the livery of one of the airline’s Boeing 777-300ER aeroplanes, which has been named the BB-8 ANA Jet.

A Boeing 767-300 aeroplane, coined the Star Wars ANA Jet, will showcase both the BB-8 and R2-D2 characters on its exterior.

The planes will join the airline’s R2-D2 ANA jet, which was unveiled in April when the Japanese airline announced both the ANA Star Wars Project and its five-year agreement with The Walt Disney Company Japan.

The interior of all three planes will feature Star Wars-themed decorations including headrest covers as well as paper napkins and cups.  

The agreement will also see ANA become the only airline in the world to offer all six of the currently released Star Wars films as part of its in-flight entertainment options on international routes. It will also mark the first time that any of the Star Wars movies have been included as part of an in-flight entertainment system.

The R2-D2 ANA Jet will embark on its first journey on 18 October when it travels from Tokyo to Vancouver. The jet will also visit destinations in the US, Europe, Australia, China and Indonesia.

The Star Wars ANA Jet will fly domestic Japanese routes from November, and finally in March 2016 the BB-8 ANA Jet will start serving international routes, with a focus on trips between Japan and North America.

Osamu Shinobe, president and chief executive of ANA, said: "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."

The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm have recently announced that they will create two permanent Star Wars experiences across two locations in the US. 

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