Japanese airline's Boeing Dreamliner to feature R2-D2 design

Japanese airline's Boeing Dreamliner to feature R2-D2 design

R2-D2 is taking to the skies this fall ahead of the release of the newest "Star Wars" motion picture.

All Nippon Airways, a Japanese airline, will feature the look of the familiar droid from the film franchise on one of its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, the company announced in a release. The "Star Wars" logo appears in black on the side of the plane as well.

"We're excited to be involved in this collaboration with ANA, one of the world's leading 5-star airlines,” Kayleen Walters, Vice President, Marketing for Lucasfilm Ltd. said in a statement. “We're proud of the innovative R2-D2 design, and we look forward to witnessing the first-ever flight of a passenger aircraft featuring a Star Wars character. We're confident that Star Wars fans around the world will absolutely love this design."

On the airline's YouTube channel, the company posted a video of the design, which it called the R2-D2 motif "a great match" to ANA's blue logo.

"The R2-D2 character has a reputation for strong, reliable service -- one of the hallmarks of ANA's 5-star quality service," the post read.

Mobile users: See the video of the plane here: https://youtu.be/g70eqOT0LPU

According to ANA's website, the R2-D2 jet is part of a 5-year "Star Wars Project" leading up to 2020 to "connect Japan to the global market."

The airline is planning to introduce service from Tokyo to Houston in June.

The specific routes for the aircraft with the R2-D2 design have not been determined so far.

The newest "Star Wars" film, "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens," is set to debut in theaters on Dec. 18.

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