All Nippon Airways’ Boeing 777 painted like Star Wars droid BB-8 lands in Los Angeles on March 28, 2016. (Photo: Courtesy of ANA)
The Boeing 777, painted in the likeness of the Stars Wars droid BB-8, flew from Osaka to Tokyo on Monday and then continued on to Los Angeles. The plane will fly between Tokyo Haneda and Los Angeles through April 8. After that, ANA will shift the BB-8 aircraft to Tokyo Narita, where the jet is scheduled to alternate on routes to Chicago O’Hare, Houston Bush Intercontinental, New York JFK, Singapore and Washington Dulles.
With the debut of the BB-8 jet, all three of ANA’s Star Wars-themed planes are now flying paying passengers on regularly scheduled flights.
ANA’s R2-D2 jet – a Boeing 787 Dreamliner – was the airline’s first to be painted in a Stars Wars livery, bearing the likeness of the Stars Wars droid that rose to fame when the first film in the series debuted in 1977.
That plane flew paying passengers for the first time in October on a flight from Tokyo to Vancouver. It currently is flying various international routes for ANA between Japan and destinations such as Beijing, Jakarta, Munich, Paris and Sydney.
Also flying for ANA is the “Stars Wars” jet, a Boeing 767 that bears the likeness of both R2-D2 and BB-8. The Stars Wars jet flies mostly domestic routes within Japan