It may not be able to make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, but All Nippon Airways’ first Star Wars-themed plane is now flying the friendly skies.
Over the weekend the company’s R2-D2 ANA Jet — named for and dressed up to resemble the intrepid trashcan-shaped droid — flew an brief fan-appreciation flight over Haneda, Japan, and then embarked on its first international journey, from Haneda to Vancouver, Canada.
The fan flight was attended by diehards in costume as Stormtroopers, droids, Jedi, and various alien species from the Star Wars universe.
Unveiled last month by ANA and Boeing, the R2-D2 jet is part of a five-year partnership between the airline and Disney (which owns Lucasfilm). The plane will fly a regular route between Narita and San Jose through late November, and then fly internationally from Japan to destinations such as Seattle, Sydney, Beijing, Jakarta, and Paris.
In addition to the R2-D2 jet, ANA has another plane in the works with a BB-8 theme, and a third featuring both droids. ANA is also offering all six Star Wars movies as in-flight entertainment.