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ANA’s ‘Star Wars’-themed plane scheduled to arrive

THE FORCE IS STRONG:‘Star Wars’ fans might be drawn to Songshan airport’s observation deck on the third floor of Terminal Two on Saturday to take pictures

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

All Nippon Airways’ Star Wars-themed jet R2-D2 is pictured in an undated photograph.

Photo: CNA

One of All Nippon Airway’s (ANA) Star Wars-themed aircraft is scheduled to arrive at the Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) on Saturday, the airline said yesterday.

ANA said that the Star Wars-themed airplane is to be used as the Boeing 787 aircraft that is normally used to carry passengers traveling between Tokyo and Taipei is undergoing maintenance.

It would be the first time the airline’s R2-D2 airplane — named after the robot in the Star Wars films — would land in Taiwan, the airline company said

The Japanese airline said that it unveiled three different Star Wars-themed aircraft last year.

However, they have mostly been used on long-distance flights and have never been used to carry passengers between Taiwan and Japan, the company added.

ANA said the airplane is scheduled to arrive at the Songshan airport at 3:45pm, and is to leave at 4:45pm to return to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, adding that the flight numbers are NH853 and NH854 respectively.

The airline said that the company might decide to change the aircraft the day before departure due to various reasons, adding that there are only six to seven seats remaining on Flight NH854.

Star Wars fans interested in taking photographs of the aircraft can do so at Songshan airport’s observation deck on the third floor of Terminal Two.

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