May The Fourth Be With You

    Today is May the fourth, or for many fans, Star Wars day 

    (I am also one of them). For those who may be wondering why May the fourth sounds a lot like “may the force [be with you]”, a famous Star Wars quotation. To celebrate this wonderfully sci-fi day, we decided to look at six great Star Wars liveries.

    All Nippon Airways- The Droid Trio

    What better way to start than with All Nippon Airways? The Japanese carrier has taken a liking to Star Wars. Three of its aircraft currently have special liveries based on three of the movie franchise’s characters.

    JA873A is a four-year-old Boeing 787-9. The aircraft currently wears a special livery that is based on the character R2-D2. This aircraft was delivered in its Star Wars livery. R2-D2 is one of the oldest droids in the franchise.

    JA789A is another ANA aircraft with a Star Wars livery, this time a Boeing 777. This aircraft’s unique colours are based on another character, BB-8. JA789A was delivered to ANA in 2010. However, it only got its Star Wars paint scheme in 2016. BB-8 is from the sequel series who becomes a very great friend of C-3PO AND R2-D2.

    Last but not least, on the ANA Star Wars front is, of course, C-3PO. This mainly yellow scheme adorns a Boeing 777-200ER jet registered as JA743A. While this aircraft was delivered in 2013, it didn’t get its paint scheme until 2017. C-3PO is a very great friend of R2-D2.

    United Airlines

    Possibly the most well known in North America of all of the Star Wars aircraft is United Airline’s Boeing 737, painted back for the release of the film ”The Rise of Skywalker”. This aircraft, N36272, was delivered to Continental Airlines in 2001 before transferring to United in 2010. This aircraft got its Star Wars livery late in 2019. the livery features the resistance’s X-wing fighters and the interior symbolises the resistance (blue) and the imperial army (red).

    the interior and exterior of the aircraft

    Virgin Atlantic

    One of the less visually beautiful liveries, though still interesting, is the Virgin Atlantic Millenium Falcon livery. This sees a Boeing 747, G-VLIP, flying worldwide with “The Falcon Livery”. Although delivered in 2001, the aircraft received its unique scheme in 2019’s September. The Millenium Falcon is a freighter-cum fighter jet. Han Solo one of the main characters along with Chewbacca are the owners of this fabulous Falcon.

    The Millenium Falcon is one of the most important jets in the history of Star Wars


    Finally, in the Star Wars livery, saga sees LATAM siding with Darth Vader himself. The South American carrier repainted its Boeing 777, PT-MUA, in the Dark Side’s colours in September 2019. The scheme was, like Virgin Atlantic, to tie in with the Galaxy’s Edge theme park area at Walt Disney World in Florida. LATAM is the only airline that represents the dark side. 

    LATAM’s B777 with the star wars stormtrooper livery

    I’ve not given much information about the series here as I feel many people haven’t watched the series and I didn’t want to give any spoilers.

    “May The Fourth Be With you”

    music taken from:- (16) Star Wars (Main Theme) – YouTube

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