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ANA unveils ‘Star Wars’ airplane

By Minda Smiley | Reporter

April 17, 2015 | 3 min read

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has introduced a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner that is painted to look like Star Wars icon R2-D2.

The release of the Star Wars commercial plane is part of ANA’s strategy to enhance its international presence.

The aircraft, unveiled at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California, marks the beginning of ANA’s five-year ‘Star Wars Project’ and its agreement with Walt Disney. International flights featuring the new design will begin in fall of this year.

Kayleen Walters, vice president of marketing for Lucasfilm Ltd., said: "We’re excited to be involved in this collaboration with ANA, one of the world's leading 5-star airlines,” said. “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."

ANA tweeted about the project with a short video featuring the new jet:

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The airline also launched a website featuring the Star Wars collaboration.

Earlier this week, a new trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ was released.

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