When R2-D2 is your co-pilot, every destination becomes more exciting. Starting on October 18, you can book a flight on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) painted to resemble everyone's favorite "Star Wars" astromech.
The ANA R2-D2 Jet was unveiled to the media on September 12 at the Boeing Everett Factory in Everett, Washington, . Movie star droids R2-D2, C-3PO and the often-villainous Stormtroopers were on site to celebrate the new design.
The R2-D2 ANA Jet will fly international routes between Tokyo and Vancouver, as well as travel between Japan and cities that include Seattle, San Jose, Paris, Sydney and Beijing.
The Japanese airline also has two other "Star Wars" jets coming to its fleet in 2016.
The new droid darling BB-8 from the upcoming "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" will be featured on an ANA Boeing 777-300ER wide body plane, and both BB-8 and R2-D2 will be painted on a Boeing 767-300 plane. The planes are part of a five-year promotional "Star Wars Project" between ANA and Disney.
In addition to the geeky paint themes, the planes will have licensed "Star Wars" images printed on everything from headrest covers to paper napkins.
If the onboard collectibles don't appeal to your sci-fi loving sensibilities, perhaps the idea of being able to watch any of the six "Star Wars" films as part of your in-flight entertainment will.
Both the "Star Wars" original trilogy and the prequels will be available for passengers to watch during their travels on the planes from November 1 through January 31, 2016. This marks the first time the saga has been offered to passengers as part of an airline's in-flight entertainment.