BB-8-Themed All Nippon Airways Jet Hits The Skies, Takes First Flight To LA


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.

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.

"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.

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.

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