Check Out the R2-D2-Painted Boeing 787 Airplane from All Nippon
Bleep! Bloop! Bleep! Translation: come fly to Japan on my airplane! Holy crap this is… awesome? Yea, I'm going to say it is. One of the big reveals this week at Star Wars Celebration, along with the new trailer for The Force Awakens, is a brand new R2-D2-painted Boeing 787 commercial airplane. We've seen Smaug the Airplane, now it's R2's turn. The new aircraft will be part of All Nippon Airways fleet, based out of Japan, and it will be launching in fall 2015 (a bit closer to the release of The Force Awakens). The plane is being shown off in videos at their booth, but we found nice clean shots of it in flight. I'll take a ticket, please.
A few photos can be seen below of the R2-D2-themed Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner presented by ANA as part of "a five-year Star Wars Project" (via WSJ). Hmm, more planes every year maybe? Images via Boing Boing:
And here's the official promo video for the plane from ANA, posted on their official website - check it out:
"Taking off Fall 2015, R2-D2 Jet on its newest aircraft 787-9 Dreamliner will spread its wings worldwide. Find whole new exciting aircraft, featuring the popular Star Wars character R2-D2." As much as it's goofy and obvious promotion, I can't help but say it's kind of perfect and follows nicely after Smaug the Airplane was introduced by Air New Zealand. As for why they chose R2-D2? Aside from being a "popular character who connects the Star Wars episodes", their website says: "In the long adventurous journey, R2-D2 reached a unique personality. Highly loyal and whenever he faces challenge he comes up with an original idea to succeed the mission." Indeed. But I wonder: where is C-3PO's plane? Or better yet, where's Vader's plane?