The force may soon be with those flying Japanese airline, All Nippon Airways. Following the release of the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Japan’s largest airline unveiled plans for its newest 787-9 Dreamliner, painted to resemble a familiar character from the movie franchise.
That’s right, a giant R2-D2 may soon be flying through the skies.
The airliner is part of ANA’s five-year “Star Wars Project,” a partnership with The Walt Disney Co.. Part of that project is a special Star Wars themed website, which plays the iconic theme song and offers details and photographs of the new jet.
The jet is due to begin making international flights in the fall of 2015, ahead of the movie’s release. ANA currently operates flights from Japan to New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Honolulu, but hasn’t yet been determined which route the Star Wars Dreamliner will service.
Perhaps air travelers will be able to visit a galaxy far, far away in the near, near future.
Elizabeth Ann Gerber
is a writer for Paste Travel and a student at the University of Georgia with an unhealthy coffee addiction.