The Force was with Japan’s All Nippon Airways Saturday, as they rolled out the R2-D2 plane as a part of their fleet of Star Wars-themed jets. Both R2-D2 and C3PO made the journey to Washington State to see it roll out of Boeing's Seattle facility.
The plane will make its first run between Haneda and Vancouver on Oct. 18, before starting its regular route between Narita and San Jose from mid-October through late November. After that it will make international flights to Sydney, Paris, Seattle and several other cities.
“We’re excited to be involved in this collaboration with ANA, one of the world’s leading 5-star airlines,” Kayleen Walters, Lucasfilm’s vice president of marketing, said in a statement earlier this year. “We’re proud of the innovative R2-D2 design, and we look forward to witnessing the first-ever flight of a passenger aircraft featuring a Star Wars character. We’re confident that Star Wars fans around the world will absolutely love this design.”
ANA will follow the debut of the R2 motif with a Boeing 767-300 with a Star Wars livery featuring R2-D2 on one side and franchise newcomer BB-8 on the other. That will be followed in the spring by a Boeing 777-300 that BB-8 will have all to itself.
Check out some of the photos and a video from the unveiling below.