Air New Zealand Reveals Awesome Smaug the Airplane for 'The Hobbit'

December 1, 2013

Air New Zealand Smaug

He's here! Smaug the Dragon will be landing at LAX. Air New Zealand is hosting a press event at LAX on Monday where their brand new plane, called "Smaug" after the dragon from The Hobbit, will be shown off. This is all part a big promotion for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second movie in the trilogy hitting theaters in two weeks. The movie was filmed and made in New Zealand and the country usually goes nuts with promotion during the premiere. This is actually our first real, good look at Smaug in full, as he has yet to be revealed in footage/trailers. Yes, I would really like to fly on this airplane, besides I want to visit New Zealand anyway. Check out photos of the Hobbit-themed Boeing 777-300 below.

Here are five cool photos of the Air New Zealand plane featuring Smaug the Dragon along the sides of it:

Smaug Airplane - Air New Zealand

Smaug Airplane - Air New Zealand

Smaug Airplane - Air New Zealand

Smaug Airplane - Air New Zealand

Smaug Airplane - Air New Zealand

So cool! I want to take this thing to New Zealand. For more photos in the media kit:

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit… J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, being directed by Peter Jackson as three separate movies, is set in Middle-Earth 60 years before Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in a trilogy ten years ago. The films, with screenplays by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson, were shot consecutively in digital 3D using the latest cameras. The Hobbit follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug lands in theaters in 3D & 48FPS on December 13th.

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Do it, come to New Zealand. We're having a really nice summer.

James Ogle on Dec 1, 2013


these guys really know how to promote their movies.

Quynh Truong on Dec 1, 2013


I would steal one of those Dragon Handler vests if I worked at that airport.

DAVIDPD on Dec 1, 2013


OK, officially this is SO badass. Cannot wait - most anticipated movie of the year. "I am KING, UNDER THE MOUNTAIN!" *Shivers*

The Flobbit on Dec 1, 2013

5 little geeky "I LOVE SMAUG" heart can't wait! Been a fan since I was 13, 36 years and counting...

yacope on Dec 2, 2013

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