All Nippon Airways (ANA) announces Star Wars-themed planes, unveils R2-D2 jet

    Star Wars fans will be delighted to know that the world’s number one movie franchise (according to their fans anyway) is taking to the skies, with All Nippon Airways (ANA) just unveiling the R2-D2 jet over the weekend.

    And the best part about having the coolest plane in the skies? All six Star Wars films will be available on ANA’s in-flight entertainment system on international routes — the first time the film series is part of in-flight entertainment. Planes will also feature Star Wars characters on headrests, paper napkins and cups.

    This is all part of Disney’s (which acquired the “Star Wars” rights in 2012) marketing push for the most anticipated Star Wars movie launch since 1999’s “The Phantom Menace”, and will go hand-in-hand with the Mickey Mouse company’s all-new Star Wars-themed lands opening in Anaheim and Orlando.

    Scroll down for more of the wonderfully-designed planes. What do you think of the designs? Tacky or a masterstroke?

    ANA launches the R2-D2 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner jet. (Image: ANA)
    ANA launches the R2-D2 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner jet. (Image: ANA)
    The plane will go into service on 18 October, flying between Tokyo and Vancouver. (Image: ANA)
    The plane will go into service on 18 October, flying between Tokyo and Vancouver. (Image: ANA)
    All six Star Wars movies will be available on ANA's in-flight entertainment system (Image: ANA)
    All six Star Wars movies will be available on ANA’s in-flight entertainment system (Image: ANA)

     

    The interior of the jet is adorned with R2-D2 headrests, paper napkins and cups. (Image: ANA)
    The interior of the jet is adorned with R2-D2 headrests, paper napkins and cups. (Image: ANA)
    ANA unveils new 'Star Wars' themed planes (Image: ANA)
    ANA unveils new ‘Star Wars’ themed planes (Image: ANA)
    This R2-D2 ANA jet is a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (Image: ANA)
    This R2-D2 ANA jet is a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (Image: ANA)
    The details on the R2-D2 ANA jet are pretty impressive (Image: ANA)
    The details on the R2-D2 ANA jet are pretty impressive (Image: ANA)
    This Boeing 767-300 will feature BB-8, a new droid from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". It will ply the domestic Japanese routes starting in November (Image: ANA)
    This Boeing 767-300 will feature BB-8, a new droid from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. It will ply the domestic Japanese routes starting in November (Image: ANA)
    Another Boeing 777-300ER featuring BB-8 will fly the international route between Japan and North America, starting March 2016 (Image: ANA)
    Another Boeing 777-300ER featuring BB-8 will fly the international route between Japan and North America, starting March 2016 (Image: ANA)

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