Star Wars fans can collect not only Star Wars products nowadays but experiences and memories as well. Just visit Disneyland and kids can participate in Jedi Training or attend the Star Wars Celebration and you can immerse in all things Star Wars. But you can bring it up a notch by riding a Star Wars plane. There’s a Star Wars plane? Yes! One of the three arrived at the Los Angeles International Airport yesterday and was a site to behold.
The BB-8™ ANA JET is the third and final aircraft in the ANA STAR WARS™ Project by ANA airlines, Japan’s largest airline. It features special livery with the BB-8 droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The first design which has domestic routes around Japan is the Star Wars™Ana Jet, a combination of R2-D2 and BB-8.
The second design was a R2-D2™ANA Jet and it flies to Paris, Sydney, Munich, Jakarta and Beijing from Japan. It initially flew to Los Angeles but later on move to a Japan-Europe route when it served as the airline of the Star Wars cast when they went to London for the premiere of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year.
Now we really have our own here in the US that can fly us to Japan (hello Tokyo Disney, I’m coming) as the Star Wars BB-8™ANA Jet will have routes to Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Houston, Washington DC as well as an Asian route of Singapore to Narita.
We waited for it to land at the tarmac of LAX which in itself was an amazing experience already even if it was super windy and cold yesterday. Ya, my hands froze and I needed a hug from Chewbacca.
The jet may seem small when it landed on the runway but once it taxied and you’re standing in front of a Boeing 777-300, wow, you can’t even get one or two picture to cover the whole thing. And as a Star Wars fan, all I can think of was, is this really happening?! And the experience had just started.
After taking tons of photos at the tarmac, we went back to the departure area where a special guest arrived. No other than BB-8 himself. The real BB-8 from the Star Wars film was there and he was not camera shy at all. LOL. He gave me and other members of the press tons of time to experience him going around. He’s quite a character just like how he was in the film.
BB-8 was filming in London for the next Star Wars film and just came to the event and I wasn’t able to contain my excitement that I actually touch him. Not really sure if I could but that was my reaction when he came up close. Haha.
After our interaction with BB-8, we boarded the BB-8™ANA Jet where passengers in coach can experience specially-designed BB-8 paper cups, headrest covers, and aprons for cabinet attendants.
If you’re a Star Wars fan, time to book your flight and experience it for yourself. You can watched all six Star Wars films as in-flight entertainment on international flights. Check here for more details about the ANA STAR WARS™ Project and HERE to book your future flight.
The sweepstakes to win a trip to Japan via the Star Wars BB-8™ANA Jet has already ended but you can still try your luck and enter to win a BB-8™ ANA model plane by joining here. Good Luck and Sayonara!
Thanks to ANA Airlines for inviting me to the event. Forever grateful for the opportunity.