Welcome aboard Air Goldenrod, the C-3PO plane from All Nippon Airways.
All Nippon, the largest airline in Japan, operates domestic and international flights, including flights to the U.S. and Europe. In late March, it debuted a C-3PO plane at Haneda Airport (HND) in Tokyo. Anthony Daniels, who has portrayed C-3PO in all eight of the major Star Wars movies, appeared at an event introducing the plane and signed its hull.
The plane, a Boeing 777-200, is covered in a gold livery designed to resemble the Star Wars droid. On board, flight attendants wear aprons featuring C-3PO designs, and seat are covered with a C-3PO headrest. Sadly, the plane is not fluent in over six million forms of communication.
The C-3PO plane is only flying domestic routes so you’ll have to travel to Japan if you want to fly on it. It currently services nine Japanese cities: Tokyo, Kagoshima, Hiroshima, Osaka, Matsuyama, Fukoaka, Sapporo, Nagasaki and Hakodate.
C-3PO is the fourth Star Wars jet in All Nippon’s fleet. It joins three other planes designed like droids from the Star Wars universe, including R2-D2 and BB-8. All Nippon’s 787 Dreamliner decorated like R2-D2 has been spotted in North America—it makes scheduled flights from Japan to Seattle and Vancouver.
All Nippon’s Star Wars planes aren’t the only commercial aircraft covered in characters from the movies. Canada’s WestJet flies a Frozen-themed aircraft that features Anna and Elsa on its tail and Olaf the snowman near the nose. Air New Zealand, which bills itself the “Official Airline of Middle Earth,” flies a number of planes decorated with characters and images from The Lord of the Rings movies.
Other pop culture liveries have appeared on passenger planes. In 1995, Western Pacific Airlines painted a Boeing 737 with a yellow design featuring characters from “The Simpsons”—Marge’s blue beehive hairdo climbed the tail. Alaska Airlines flies several planes that feature Walt Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse, Tinker Bell, The Genie and Cars. And Taiwanese airline, EVA Air, flies planes adorned with images of Hello Kitty characters.