Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has unveiled plans for a “Star Wars”-themed plane made to look like you’re flying inside a giant R2-D2.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner covered in R2-D2’s signature blue and silver colors will begin flying in the fall as part of a five-year agreement between the airline and the Walt Disney Co.
The stunt is a win-win for both companies. The newest “Star Wars” movie, “Episode VII — The Force Awakens,” is expected to be released in December, and the plane could be airborne for months before then, with a large “Star Wars” logo on its side, inviting “Star Wars” fans to, ya know … fly casual.
— All Nippon Airways (@FlyANA_official) April 17, 2015
ANA is also hoping to expand its presence at airports in the United States. The latest expansion will include service between Houston and Tokyo beginning in June.
It’s not yet clear what routes the R2-D2 Dreamliner will fly.
According to CNN, with 34 Dreamliners, ANA “operates the world’s largest 787 fleet.”
The airline has an additional 49 787s on order, says manufacturer Boeing.
Late last month, Boeing announced ANA had finalized an order for three 787-10 Dreamliners, valued at approximately $900 million at list prices.