Star Wars Planes: These aren’t the Droids you’re looking for…

Disregard the headline, these are exactly the droids you are looking for. This line became famous as Obi-Wan used his Jedi mind tricks on a couple of Stormtroopers.

No other Sci-Fi franchise ever became so popular and fascinated people like Star Wars. I grew up watching the original trilogy of the Star Wars movies over and over. To continue the Star Wars Saga, 3 prequel movies got added to the franchise followed by more new movies in recent years which are in part prequel and sequel. The latest movie release is just around the corner. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will play on December 20, 2019.

Star Wars fascinates young and old. Who didn’t want to be a Jedi or wear a Darth Vader mask while growing up? Just a little bit over 7 years ago, on October 30, 2012, Walt Disney acquired Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise. A few years ago, I accidentally came across the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Word Premiere while visiting Hollywood with a friend.

Ever since we saw all kinds of Star-Wars themed merchandise. Lego is big in it and so are airlines. In 2015, ANA (All Nippon Airways) launched it’s Star Wars Project.

ANA Star Wars Planes

ANA currently operates four planes with a Star Wars livery.

  1. R2-D2 ANA JET: Boeing 787-9 Registration: JA873A
  2. BB-8 ANA JET: Boeing 777-300 Registration: JA789A
  3. C-3PO ANA JET: Boeing 777-200 Registration: JA743A
  4. BB-8 & R2-D2 ANA JET: Boeing 767-300ER Registration: JA604A

To find out more about the planes and their schedule check the official Star Wars Project Homepage.

United Airlines

Courtesy of United Airlines

In celebration of the upcoming Star Wars Movie The Rise of Skywalker, United Airlines has now a Boeing 737-800 in Star Wars livery. If you use FlightAware to watch air traffic, you will see United’s B737 as an X-Wing on the map. To find United’s Star Wars Plane search for Registration N36272.

United also released a Star Wars-themed safety video and MileagePlus members can bid on several commemorative items and unique experiences.

LATAM

LATAM Brazil, the biggest branch of the LATAM Airlines Group, has given one of their planes a Star Wars livery called “Stormtrooper Plane“. This Boeing 777-32W(ER) with the registration PT-MUA, also carries an advertisement for Disney World Resort Florida’s newest addition to the park: Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge.

Virgin Atlantic

So far, Virgin Atlantic operates the most iconic Star Wars plane. They branded a Boeing 747-443 in a Star Wars livery featuring the Millennium Falcon. Therefore the plane with the registration G-VLIP became the official nickname “The Falcon”. Virgin Atlantic is operating the plane mainly between London Gatwick Airport and Orlando, Florida where the new Star Wars Theme Park Galaxy’s Edge just opened.

 

The Force in Los Angeles

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is currently under construction. It is located in Exposition Park in Los Angeles and the museum is scheduled to open in 2021. It was originally scheduled for 2020. Alone the design is breathtaking. Stay tuned as the Force continues to grow.

 

[Header Image courtesy of United Airlines]

 

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