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What R2-D2 looks like if the Star Wars droid was turned into a plane

ANA announced Thursday that it will have a special R2-D2 livery painted on one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliners later this fall.
ANA announced Thursday that it will have a special R2-D2 livery painted on one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliners later this fall.

If you ever wondered what R2-D2 would look like if the droid was turned into a plane, ANA has the answer.

On Thursday, All Nippon Airways announced that one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliners will be painted with an R2-D2 livery as part of the Japanese airline’s marketing partnership with Walt Disney Co. and Lucasfilm.

The plane, which is the first to ever feature a Star Wars character, will begin flying in the fall prior to the December release of the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens.

“The R2-D2 motif works well with ANA’s blue logo design on the aircraft’s fuselage, and many people associate R2-D2 with competent and reliable service—also hallmarks of ANA’s 5-star service,” said ANA executive vice president Takashi Shiki.

This is not the first time an airline has repainted a plane as part of a movie tie-in. Air New Zealand recently had a “Hobbit” plane and featured characters from Middle Earth in its safety videos. And ANA has several Pokemon aircraft since the late 1990s when the first Pokemon movie was released.

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