The paint job depicts the film’s character R2-D2, and is the first of three aircraft that will receive new liveries to celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in December.
It was rolled out of Boeing’s Everett factory in Washington on 12 September and, on October 18, is scheduled to go into service on international routes, initially as flight NH116 between Tokyo and Vancouver, ANA says.
It will then fly between Japan and other cities within the USA, Europe, Australia, China and Indonesia.
One Boeing 767-300 will also be decorated with BB-8 – a new character from the upcoming film – and will begin flying domestic Japanese routes in November. In March 2016, a Boeing 777-300ER decorated with R2-D2 is scheduled to start serving international routes principally between Japan and North America.
The R2-D2 image is imprinted onto the cockpit and front half of the jet’s main fuselage, while the Star Wars logo spans the length behind the wings.
The interior of the 215-seat passenger aircraft will feature themed in-flight decorations, such as headrest covers, paper napkins and cups, and passengers will be able to watch all six of the previously released Star Wars films.
(Beth Stevenson - Flightglobal News)