August 18, 2015 Press Conference for the First Unveiling of New Character BB-8™ Plane Design!
Press conference featuring the new livery designs and details about the Fan Appreciation Flight event in October.
An ANA STAR WARS™ Project press conference was held at ANA INTERCONTINENTAL TOKYO on August 18. It was sponsored by ANA (ALL Nippon Airways).
At the press conference, ANA President and CEO Osamu Shinobe talked about the birth of the project as well as what STAR WARS™ meant to him.
President and CEO of ANA Osamu Shinobe (left) with Mr. Paul Candland.
Next, The Walt Disney Company Japan CEO Mr. Paul Candland, a partner of the project, talked about his enthusiasm for it.
A new event was also announced at the press conference – “Be the First to Fly on the R2-D2™ ANA JET!” to be held on October 17 at Haneda Airport (Tokyo International Airport).
As part of boarding pass prize campaigns, the international promotion site ANA PLANET will run the Fan Photo Posting Campaign, and ANA MILEAGE CLUB will run the R2-D2™ ANA JET Fan Appreciation Flight Campaign.
After the Fan Appreciation Flight event on Saturday October 17, R2-D2™ ANA JET is scheduled to go into service on international routes.
〈2015 Scheduled Flight Routes〉
October 18: Haneda = Vancouver
Mid-October to Late-November: principal destination Narita = San Jose
Early-December: principal destination Narita = Seattle
Mid-December and beyond: Haneda = Sydney, Haneda = Jakarta, Haneda = Beijing, Haneda ＝ Munich, Haneda ＝ Paris, and other destinations
*All listed flight information including dates and routes are tentative and subject to change without notice.
In addition, all six of the currently released STAR WARS™ films will be included as part of the in-flight entertainment on international routes. This will be the first time that any of the STAR WARS™ films have been included as in-flight entertainment, and ANA will be the only airline in the world to offer all six.
The second step of the ANA STAR WARS™ Project was taken with the unveiling of new plane designs. As conference guests waited in anticipation, special guests C-3PO and R2-D2 arrived and joined the celebration.
C-3PO and R2-D2 joined the conference to celebrate.
R2-D2™ ANA JET, previously announced last spring, with the newly unveiled jets, BB-8™ ANA JET and STAR WARS™ ANA JET.
With C-3PO and R2-D2 at the press conference, it was time to announce the new plane designs. The lights went off, STAR WARS™ theme song played and the silhouettes of three jets appeared. A black curtain dropped and the original R2-D2™ ANA JET revealed itself next to the all-new BB-8™ ANA JET and STAR WARS™ ANA JET.
The features of each design were explained and flight information was announced. BB-8™ ANA JET is scheduled to start serving international routes principally between Japan and North America from around March 2016, while STAR WARS™ ANA JET is scheduled to go into service on domestic Japanese routes this coming November.
BB-8™ ANA JET
STAR WARS™ ANA JET
Lastly, a highlight of the press conference. In the final photo session, Mr. Shinobe presented the miniature jet to Mr. Candland.
C-3PO and R2-D2 also joined in.
Further information on the ANA STAR WARS™ Project and unique jet designs will continue to be posted on this website.
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