United Airlines may fly the friendly skies, but All Nippon Airways is sticking with the galaxy.
The Japanese airline already had debuted two jets with paint jobs featuring characters from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” before the blockbuster bowed in theaters in December.
But ANA now also has a third themed jet up in the air, this one dedicated to the orange and white droid BB-8, which has become a fan favorite and brisk seller when it comes to merchandise.
The Boeing 777, seen above, is making regular flights from Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, to Los Angeles, where even if you don’t get to fly on the airline, you’ll be able to capture glimpses and selfies with the jet from the international terminal at LAX.
The video below was released for the launch of the C-3PO jet, the newest plane in the “Star Wars” fleet.
Inside, ANA has outfitted its flight attendants with aprons featuring BB-8, who also appears on headrests, cups and napkins. It’s doubtful the latter two end up in the garbage.
ANA also flies R2-D2 and “Star Wars”-branded jets, through a partnership with Disney.
The jets are actually part of a five-year deal between ANA and Disney, which will also provide the airline with all six of the previously released films on board its planes’ inflight entertainment systems during international flights–the first time the franchise has been available on a carrier.
The BB-8 plane took to the skies as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was released as a digital home entertainment download on April 1, followed by a Blu-ray on April 5.
The film has generated nearly $2.1 billion at the worldwide box office. The first non-sequel-based film, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” will be released this December, giving ANA another reason to keep its “Star Wars” planes airborne.