All Nippon Airways (ANA) unveiled its "Star Wars" themed aircrafts back in 2015 before the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but its flight routes have been mainly domestic until February 2016. Just as originally planned, ANA has finally gone international and is now flying the Tokyo - United States route, and it all began with the BB-8 jet landing in Los Angeles on March 28.
The exterior of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has the same color and circular patterns as the newest lovable Resistance droid from The Force Awakens. Its interior is not specifically decorated like a BB-8, though the flight attendants all wear Star Wars droid uniforms.
— All Nippon Airways (@FlyANA_official) March 29, 2016
The BB-8 aircraft is actually the third Star Wars themed plane from All Nippon Airways, which is part of a joint venture of ANA, Star Alliance and Lucasfilm Ltd. Take a look at all three special aircrafts together in Tokyo.
Once in a life time:Three STAR WARS JETS all gathered at Tokyo! #R2D2ANAJET #BB8ANAJET #STARWARSANAJET pic.twitter.com/WFNcfrU3Dt — All Nippon Airways (@FlyANA_official) March 28, 2016
"From March 29 to April 8, it will be operated on Narita-Los Angeles route. On/after April 9 until further notice, it will be operated on various international routes, such as New York, Chicago, Washington D.C, Houston, and Singapore routes," ANA details the BB-8 aircraft's schedule.
If anyone is wondering where the Millenium Falcon is, ANA has an answer in its in-flight magazine, too. Just don't expect to ride it anytime soon because regardless of the events in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Millenium Falcon is still Han Solo's aircraft.
Found something interesting when reading our #inflight magazine, a new friend has joined in July, the fastest one! pic.twitter.com/pcRwKpVUS3 — All Nippon Airways (@FlyANA_official) July 2, 2015
As a celebration for the ANA's BB-8 international voyage, the airlines launched a campaign in which 50 lucky winners could win their very own BB-8 model plane.
Anyone interested who is a legal resident of the United States and is at least 18 years old has until April 17 to enter the sweepstakes.
"50 winners will win a BB-8 ANA JET Model Plane with a retail value of $23.00," the campaign page reads. Here is BB-8 excited to meet his aircraft counterpart.
The #BB8ANAJET arrived in LA last night. It’ll be flying to JFK, IAD, ORD, IAH soon! https://t.co/NgnKKloo7w pic.twitter.com/akU35tL6ga — All Nippon Airways (@FlyANA_official) March 29, 2016