Star Wars planes: You can fly between Tokyo and Vancouver in this R2D2-themed Boeing 787

A new Boeing 787 Dreamliner painted like R2D2 will go into service with Japanese airline ANA on October 18.

The jet rolled out of Boeing's Washington factory this weekend, accompanied by stormtroopers and some well-known Star Wars characters. It will initially fly between Tokyo and Vancouver, but extend to other cities like Seattle, Munich, Paris, Sydney and others later on.

The plane has 215 seats and inside the napkins, headsets and cups will be themed as well. The seatback entertainment will include all six Star Wars movies. The 8 hour, 55 minute flight is enough time to watch at least three of the movies, so you could watch all six on a return flight (or just watch the first three twice).

Themed airplanes are an anomaly in Europe and North America, but in Asia it's not uncommon to see them, like this Hello Kitty plane from China's Eva Air.

The 787-9 Dreamliner is Boeing's newest passenger plane. Its cabin is pressurised to a lower altitude and that's supposed to be less fatiguing in passengers. It has bigger windows, quieter engines and uses composite materials for fuel efficiency.

More Star Wars planes

The R2D2 jet is the first of three airplanes that will be decorated with Star Wars characters. A Boeing 767 and 777 will be decorated with BB-8, a new character from The Force Awakens.

The 767 will fly domestic routes in Japan starting in November and in March of next year the 777 will fly between Japan and New York, Chicago and Houston.

Wondering what The Force Awakens logo font is? Find out here.

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