Within moments, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner painted with the likeness of R2D2, the loyal little droid from the Star Wars franchise, emerged to a cheering crowd at Boeing's wide-body assembly line facility in Washington USA.
The aircraft belongs to Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) and will begin flying paying passengers from mid-next month.
The unveiling last weekend had been eagerly anticipated by both aviation and Star Wars enthusiasts, since plans for the R2D2-themed Dreamliner were announced last April. The jet boasts one of the world's most interesting airline paint schemes, but it will soon have company.
Eventually, three ANA aircraft will be painted
|"Not quite the Millennium Falcon!"|
One of the other two designs will feature BB-8, a new character to be introduced in the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The movie, No.7 in the series, opens in NZ theatres on 17 December.