Firstly, the ANA Star Wars announcement will thrill may fans of aviation and the films. My question is who is going to pay the not inconsiderable sum to licence Star Wars 1:400 models? I’m actually expecting that they won’t see the light of day because the cost will be excessive. Anyone trying to import illegal product into the US or Europe will be jumped on by Disney lawyers from a great height. I’m very much looking forward to seeing how this pans out. If it was viable I think Phoenix would already have done it.
EDIT: Well low and behold and JC Wings (whose habit of ignoring copyright is extensive) have apparently announced all three. I’d be wary of ordering these if you’re in the US or Europe, I’m far from convinced you’ll ever see them. It just isn’t like Disney or ANA – to let someone make money off the back of their product without paying for it. Now if JCW are producing legal copies, all the better. Lets wait and see.
This was the first one announced earlier this year:
Tokyo based ANA is adding to its previous R2-D2 Star Wars Boeing 787-9 logo jet with two additional Star Wars logo jets:
ANA, Japan’s largest airline, today announced that two more of its planes will be decorated with Star Wars characters as part of an agreement with The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd. BB-8, a brand new character from Star Wars: The Force Awakens scheduled for theatrical release in December 2015, will be displayed on the livery of the BB-8™ ANA Jet, a Boeing 777-300 ER (below).
ANA also announced the Star Wars™ ANA Jet, which will showcase both BB-8 and R2-D2 on the outside of a Boeing 767-300 (below). These Star Wars themed planes will join the previously announced R2-D2™ ANA Jet, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Through this combination of characters, ANA hopes to welcome more passengers of all ages from around the world.
ANA launched the Star Wars Project in April 2015 after signing a five year promotion license contract for the Star Wars brand with The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd. As part of the agreement, the ANA Star Wars aircraft will also display in-flight decorations, such as headrest covers, paper napkins and cups featuring Star Wars characters – with more details to follow. The partnership also means ANA will be the only airline in the world to offer all six of the currently released Star Wars films as part of its extensive in-flight entertainment options on international routes. This will be the first time that any of the Star Wars movies have been included as part of an in-flight entertainment system.
The three Star Wars™ Jets will fly international and domestic routes. On October 18, the R2-D2™ ANA Jet is scheduled to go into service on international routes, initially as flight NH116 between Tokyo and Vancouver, and then fly between Japan and other cities in ANA’s robust international network including the US (Seattle and San Jose), Europe (Munich, Paris and Brussels), Australia (Sydney), China (Beijing), and Indonesia (Jakarta).
In November, the Star Wars™ ANA Jet will fly domestic Japanese routes, and then in March 2016 the BB-8™ ANA Jet is scheduled to start serving international routes principally between Japan and North America (the exact routes have yet to be announced). Fans will be able to see the planes’ schedules at www.ana-sw.com.