'Star Wars'-themed Planes Coming to All Nippon Airways

The droids you're looking for: Japanese airline decorates three jets featuring droids from film series.

A galaxy far, far away is getting a little closer thanks to All Nippon Airways (ANA). The Japanese airline has announced two new Star Wars-themed planes will be joining the previously announced R2-D2 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

The first of these two planes, a Boeing 777-300, will be adorned with decorations based off the new BB-8 character, an orb-shape droid; the second, a Boeing 767-300, will showcase both BB-8 and R2-D2 on its exterior.

In addition, ANA will become the only airline in the world to offer all six of the currently released "Star Wars" films as onboard entertainment; making ANA the first airline to ever display the films.

“We at Lucasfilm are absolutely delighted to have found in Japan such a wonderful partner in ANA,” said Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm Ltd. “I, too, certainly look forward to flying aboard one of ANA’s 'Star Wars' jets.”

The planes will begin their flights on separate dates, with the R2-D2 jet beginning international routes on Oct. 18. "The Star Wars" jet will fly domestic Japanese routes in November, and then in March the BB-8 jet is scheduled to fly international routes between Japan and North America. It all precedes the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which is due out in December.

One final tip for "Star Wars" fans: If you're flying first out of a U.S. airport, the Department of Homeland Security specifically states on its TSA app that toy lightsabers are allowed, but they haven't ruled yet on real lightsabers, only noting that, "Sadly, the technology doesn't currently exist to create a real lightsaber."

Jacob Wingard
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