Japan gets world's first Star Wars-themed plane
Posted on 20/04/2015

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STAR WARS: After the roaring success of its Pokemon Jet, All Nippon Airways has announced the second in its series of branded aircraft - a Boeing 787 Dreamliner painted to look like R2-D2.

Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) released rendered images on Friday of a new Star Wars-branded jet, due to go into service later this year. The Boeing 787's nose will be painted with the signature blue stripes of George Lucas' famous robot, R2-D2, with an enormous "Star Wars" logo adorning its flanks.

ANA's Star Wars-themed plane

ANA's Star Wars-themed plane
All Nippon Airways

The new aircraft will serve an as yet unspecified route from autumn 2015, ahead of the December release of the 7th Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens. According to the airline, it is the first time that the film series has been used to decorate an airliner.

Plane will ressemble famous robot R2-D2

Plane will ressemble famous robot R2-D2
All Nippon Airways

ANA announced the project as the 10th Star Wars Celebration got underway in California over the weekend. Organisers at the convention took the opportunity to screen an official teaser trailer for the hotly anticipated film, giving fans a first glimpse into the sci-fi world created by director JJ Abrams.

ANA's Pokemon Jets

ANA's Pokemon Jets
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This is not the first time the airline's planes have been branded with famous images from popular Japanese culture. In 1998, ANA painted the exterior of several of its aircraft with pictures of various Pokemon, as well as themed interiors to match. Rival company Japan Airlines also had wide-spread success with its Doraemon Jet, decorated with characters from the much-loved Japanese cartoon.

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