ANA’s Star Wars R2-D2 arrivesÂ to gate S16 at SeaTac. This was the first time the aircraft had been deployed to Seattle.
My initialÂ assignment, with AirlineReporter long ago, was to cover the arrival of the first ANA 787 to Seattle. It is befitting that my long history with AirlineReporter officially ends with another ANA 787; this time though it is the ultimate 787 – the R2-D2 Star Wars jet.
The special 787-9 rolled out in October and beganÂ service later that month to Vancouver. Â Now that it is operating out in the wild, I eagerly awaited my opportunity to spot it in myÂ current hometown of Seattle. Being a Star Wars and Astromech droid fan myself (R5s are better than R2s in my opinion), how could I not take this on?
All three ANA Star Wars liveries – Photo: ANA
YES — AvGeek and Star Wars goodness together!
ANA has just announced that they will be putting two new Star Wars themed liveries to their fleet, which will jin the previously announced R2-D2 ANA Jet on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The first will feature BB-8, a brand new droidÂ from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which will be on a Boeing 777-300ER.
Special Star Wars BB-8 and R2-D2 combo livery on a Boeing 767-300 – Image: ANA
The second will be a combination livery of BB-8 down one side and R2-D2 on the other of a Boeing 767-300.Â If you want to see more images, we have plenty to share…