An airplane painted to look like R2-D2 could be part of the promotion for the soon to be released Star Wars 7 – The Force Awakens.
Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has unveiled plans for a Boeing 787 Dreamliner decorated to look like R2-D2, the small round robot of the saga.
The “Star Wars” themed plane is due to start flying international routes this fall, the airline announced.
The “Star Wars Project” includes a special ANA website that plays the iconic theme song and features videos and photos of the plane.
The promotional tie-in comes ahead of the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
This isn’t the first time a movie has teamed with an airline for a flying billboard. Air New Zealand painted several Boeing 777s and 747s for “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies.
With 34 Dreamliners and 49 on order, ANA operates the world’s largest 787 fleet and was the launch customer in 2011.
Late last month, Boeing announced ANA had finalized an order for three 787-10 Dreamliners, valued at approximately $900 million.
The order makes ANA the first airline in Asia to operate the entire family of 787 Dreamliners.