Those preparing to take flight this holiday season may be able to summon the magical Jedi power of “The Force” to connect with the best in air routes, fares and intergalactic space. You will be sharing the skies with droids named R2-D2 and BB-8 in nearby aircraft. Seattle is the home port for the rollout of the latest Boeing aircraft designed in the Star Wars tradition. But not the first link in the Seattle-Star Wars relationship — and legacy.
According to Wookiipedia, the STAR WARS encyclopedia, the design of the Millennium Falcon, co-piloted by captains Hans Solo and Chewbacca, was derived from the the Boeing B-29 Superfortress flown during the Korean War and WWII and closely resembling the cockpit design.
Now, there is a new, 215-seater Boeing 787 Dreamliner purchased by Japan’s ANA and sporting Star Wars decor and design. The aircraft will commence internationally flying to destinations like Seattle, Sydney, Jakarta, Beijing, Munich, Paris, and more.
A second Star Wars plane to be rolled out in Everett will be a Boeing 767-300 with livery inspired by BB-8, a different droid and a brand new character from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which will assume domestic Japanese routes from November onwards.
March 2016 will see the unveiling of a third R2-D2 plane, this time a Boeing 777-300 ER, which will fly international routes between Japan and North America.
Passengers on the initial flights will be able to watch all six of the previous “Star Wars” movies from their seats — the first time any of the films have been shown as in-flight entertainment.
Walt Disney and Lucasfilm have spared no expense in building buzz ahead of the December release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” This weekend brought a slew of news related to the franchise.“Godzilla” director Gareth Edwards is slated to direct “Rogue One,” the first film in the new “Star Wars” stories, scheduled for December 2016 release. It also been announced that “Star Wars” lands are being built in the Disneyland park in Anaheim, California, and Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando. [24×7