BB-8 Joins R2-D2 on ANA’s Latest Star Wars–Themed Planes

  • A closer look at the BB-8 ANA Jet.

    A closer look at the BB-8 ANA Jet.

  • The BB-8 ANA Jet features a character that will be introduced in the new Star Wars film coming out in December.

    The BB-8 ANA Jet features a character that will be introduced in the new Star Wars film coming out in December.

  • One side of the Star Wars ANA Jet, showcasing BB-8.

    One side of the Star Wars ANA Jet, showcasing BB-8.

  • The R2-D2 ANA Jet will fly for the first time on October 18 to Vancouver.

    The R2-D2 ANA Jet will fly for the first time on October 18 to Vancouver.

  • A side of the Star Wars ANA Jet that features the character R2-D2.

    A side of the Star Wars ANA Jet that features the character R2-D2.

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As anticipation thickens ahead of the December release of Star Wars: The Force Awaken, All Nippon Airways has announced that it will be adding two more Star Wars–themed plane to its fleet following a promotion license contract it signed with The Walt Disney Company in April.

The planes include the BB-8 ANA Jet, a Boeing 777-300ER, which will see its livery decorated with images of BB-8 (a brand new character from the upcoming movie), and the Star Wars ANA Jet, a Boeing 767-300, which will display both BB-8 and R2-D2. The planes bring the number ANA’s Star Wars-themed aircraft to three after the airline first announced the R2-D2 ANA Jet in April.

In addition to exterior decorations, Star Wars characters will also grace each of the aircraft’s interiors and accessories, such as on headrest covers, paper napkins, and cups. Passengers will also be able to enjoy all of the currently released Star wars films during their flight, making ANA the only carrier to include the movies in an in-flight entertainment system.

The R2-D2 ANA Jet will start servicing international routes on October 18, flying for the first time from Tokyo to Vancouver, while the Star Wars ANA Jet will start flying domestic Japanese routes in November. The BB-8 ANA Jet will be last in line to launch, scheduled to service the airline’s North America destinations starting March 2016.

For more information, visit All Nippon Airways

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