ANA, Japan’s largest airline, has partnered with Walt Disney Company on a partnership that will produce Star Wars-branded planes, and the first of the planes is set to roll off the Boeing production line this weekend.

ANA plans to live-stream the roll-out of its new R2-D2 branded 787-9 Boeing Dreamliner on Saturday, September 12, at 9am PDT from Seattle, Washington. This will mark the first time a Star Wars character will appear on a commercial aircraft.

“ANA boasts an extensive international network, along with convenient connections between the U.S. and a wide variety of destinations throughout Asia,” said Takashi Shiki, ANA Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing. “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.”


There will be a Fan Appreciation Flight event on October 17, where Star Wars fans who won a contest will show up in full cosplay for their trans-Atlantic journey.

After that, the R2-D2 ANA JET will fly its first regular route route from Haneda, Japan to Vancouver on October 18. It will then fly a Narita, Japan to San Jose, California route from mid-October to late-November, before switching to a Narita, Japan to Seattle route for December. After that the plane will fly from Japan to other countries around the world.

Two more Star Wars-branded jets will be in service soon. A Dreamliner featuring a BB-8 and R2-D2 combination design is set for a winter 2015 debut, to be followed by a solo BB-8 Dreamliner design by Spring 2016.

Here is the promotional video showing all three designs:

If you want to watch the live stream of the R2-D2 roll-out, visit

[Images courtesy ANA Airlines/Disney]


Michelle Snow is a huge fan of Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars in films and TV, as well as the Disney parks. She's also an award-winning writer who has written several guidebooks on Orlando. Follow her on Twitter @zengrrl. Her blog, CitySurfing Orlando covers Orlando and the theme parks. Her favorite rides at the Disney parks are Star Tours, Big Thunder Mountain, and Indiana Jones Adventure, and she is anxiously awaiting Star Wars Land to become real. She collects anything to do with Snow White, Grumpy, Tinkerbell, and Stitch. She also has an unhealthy obsession with Jedi and Iron Man.