The mood was quite festive at Boeing’s assembly line facility in Everett Washington as the company showed off the R2-D2 Boeing 787 Dreamliner that it has put together for Japanese airline ANA. Theme music from Star Wars was blared over speakers and Storm Troopers stood guard outside the hangar as the doors opened and the Star Wars-themed Boeing 787 Dreamliner rolled out.
This airplane has received a special paint job which pays tribute to the loyal droid R2-D2 from the Star Wars franchise, the plane itself belongs to ANA which is going to put it on its commercial routes starting October 18th. First revenue flight for this jet will depart from the Haneda Airport in Tokyo and will land in Vancouver, Canada.
Plans for the R2-D2 Dreamliner were revealed back in April this year and since then many Star Wars fans have been anxious to see what the paint job looks like. ANA is actually going to induct three planes in its fleet with Star Wars-themed paint jobs, the other two include a Boeing 777-300ER with the BB-8 robot and a Boeing 767-300 which features BB-8 and R2-D2 together. Those two are likely to hit skies next year.
This is part of a five year promotional deal between ANA and The Walt Disney Company which has the rights to the Star Wars franchise and it’s not just limited to the paint job, it’s also going to continue the Star Wars theme on paper napkins, headrest covers and even cups onboard the planes.