‘Star Wars’ Plane That Looks Like R2-D2 Will Take Off This Fall
Ultimate Star Wars fans, take notice. Pretty soon you’ll be able to board a special Star Wars plane painted to look like R2-D2, perfect for taking flight — though not to a galaxy far, far away, unfortunately. You’ll need to talk to NASA about that. All Nippon Airways is launching the very special plane this fall in honor of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In case you weren’t aware, Star Wars is kind of a big deal again. It’s pretty much all we talked about on the internet today.
The Boeing 787-9 is painted to resemble everyone’s favorite droid, and ANA is officially referring to it as the R2-D2 Jet, obviously. According to the company’s press release (accompanied by the Star Wars theme), “This marks the first time a Star Wars character will appear on the exterior of a commercial aircraft.” The company also explains why they chose R2-D2, and not, you know, C-3PO:
has a reputation for strong, reliable service—one of the hallmarks of ANA’s 5-star quality service.
That seems like ANA is throwing a bit of shade at the gold-plated droid, who was created specifically for the purpose of serving others. But a gold-plated plane probably isn’t the best idea. ANA is right — R2-D2 just looks cooler and cuter.
But fear not — the company says that the new jet is just the beginning of their five-year plan, which means we could be seeing other friendly Star Wars faces taking to the skies.