R2-D2 Jumps Offscreen and Into the Sky

  • R2-D2 seen on the livery of one of ANA's three Star Wars–themed aircraft.

    R2-D2 seen on the livery of one of ANA's three Star Wars–themed aircraft.

  • R2-D2 seen on the livery of one of ANA's three Star Wars–themed aircraft.

    R2-D2 seen on the livery of one of ANA's three Star Wars–themed aircraft.

  • This marks the first time a Star Wars character will appear on the exterior of a commercial aircraft.

    This marks the first time a Star Wars character will appear on the exterior of a commercial aircraft.

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These days, the force is doing more than just restoring peace and freedom in the galaxy—it’s also helping five-star airlines create an international presence. All Nippon Airways has unveiled a Star Wars livery featuring the idonic R2-D2 on its newest 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, marking the beginning of a five-year Star Wars Project intended to connect Japan to the global market. It’s the first time a Star Wars character has appeared on the exterior of a commercial aircraft, which will fly internationally this autumn.

“Although it’s a lofty goal, we hope that like Star Wars, ANA will become well-known and loved across all borders and generations,” says Takashi Shiki, ANA executive vice president, sales & marketing. “Many people associate R2-D2 with competent and reliable service—also hallmarks of ANA’s five-star service.”

For more information, visit ANA Star Wars Project. 

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