ANA's tribute to R2-D2 is truly a masterpiece. Image- ANA.

ANA’s tribute to R2-D2 is truly a masterpiece. Image- ANA.

We all know that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming out Christmas of this year. We even saw the second teaser trailer on April 16 of this year, BB-8 is adorable.

Just look at this thing. This is going to sell more models than the VC-25A! Image- ANA.

Just look at this thing. This is going to sell more models than the VC-25A! Image: ANA

What we did not expect is that ANA would partner with Disney to launch what they are calling their Star Wars project that will take five years to complete. While we don’t know much about what the project will entail- we do know that it’s all starting with a new-build 787-9 that will be coming “this Autumn.”

Star Wars and planes- can't be beaten. Image - ANA.

Star Wars and planes- can’t be beaten – Image: ANA.

“We’re excited to be involved in this collaboration with ANA, one of the world’s leading 5-star airlines,” said Kayleen Walters, Vice President, Marketing for Lucasfilm Ltd. “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.”

Everyone's favorite Astromech product like you've never seen him before. Image - ANA

Everyone’s favorite Astromech product like you’ve never seen him before – Image: ANA

“Although it’s a lofty goal, we hope that like Star Wars, ANA will become well known and loved across all borders and generations,” said Takashi Shiki, ANA Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing. “The R2-D2 motif works well with ANA’s blue logo design on the aircraft’s fuselage, and many people associate R2-D2 with competent and reliable service—also hallmarks of ANA’s 5-star service.”

“Through the introduction of the new Star Wars livery we hope to welcome more passengers from around the world to experience ANA as the Inspiration of Japan,” Shiki continued.

Isn't this the most amazing thing ever? Image - ANA

Isn’t this the most amazing thing ever? Image – ANA

We know we are excited to see this in person!

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4 Comments

My favorite part of the video is how it shows the incredible amount of wing flex. Yes, that’s even better than the Star Wars livery! (And I say that as a guy who used to run for the TV when I was little* any time I heard the Fox fanfare – I thought it meant Star Wars was starting.)

*Little = Until I was about 19.

Jetranger

Actually, I prefer Close Encounters of the Third kind

Especially the Railroad Signal scene at the railroad tracks, shaking back & forth, put that on the side of a plane ??

As awesome as this is, the “Breaking the Internet” term needs to come to an end. It was ruined by Kim Fata$$ Kardashian and hasn’t been the same since. When Doctor Who or Sherlock nerds overpost on Tumblr after an episode airs that results in the servers melting, that’s breaking one website. A post going viral doesn’t break anythink.

I think this might be the first time that the Kardashians have been mentioned on AirlineReporter. If that doesn’t mean the internet is broken — I don’t know what does!

I know we used the term in an attempt to be a bit humorous, but didn’t realize the science behind it!

David, AirlineReporter

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