TOKYO â€” Itâ€™s no Millennium Falcon, but soon there will be more ways than ever to experience air travel â€œStar Warsâ€ style.
In the latest corporate tie-in to build buzz for â€œStar Wars: The Force Awakens,â€ ANA, Japanâ€™s largest airline, announced Tuesday that two more planes will be decorated with characters from the films.
The new â€œStar Warsâ€-themed vessels will join the previously announced R2-D2 ANA jet, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner bearing the beloved droidâ€™s likeness, scheduled to go into service on international routes this fall.
The new â€œStar Warsâ€ ANA jet will feature R2-D2 on the outside of a Boeing 767-300 with his buddy BB-8, a new droid from â€œStar Wars: The Force Awakens.â€ For now, it is scheduled to start flying domestic Japanese routes in November.
Another vessel, a Boeing 777-300ER featuring the roly-poly BB-8, is scheduled to start serving international routes between Japan and North America in March.
Wait, thereâ€™s more. The planes also will offer all six â€œStar Warsâ€ films as part of its in-flight entertainment on international routes â€” the first time that any of the â€œStar Warsâ€ movies have been included as part of an in-flight entertainment system. Characters also will grace headrest covers, paper napkins and cups.
Walt Disney and Lucasfilm have spared no expense in building buzz ahead of the December release of â€œStar Wars: The Force Awakens.â€ This weekend brought a slew of news related to the franchise, from â€œRogue Oneâ€ cast and crew announcements to a takeover of Disney parks and resorts.
Scoff all you want, but fans are thrilled, and Disney will undoubtedly be laughing all the way to the bank.