United Airlines is cashing in on “Star Wars” movie mania with a swanky new airplane emblazoned with imagery from the iconic space opera. The repainted Boeing 737-800 will take flight in November ahead of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” which hits theaters Dec. 20.
The “space shuttle” won’t ferry passengers to a galaxy far, far away, but it will fly multiple routes spanning Canada, the US, Central America and the Caribbean, reports the Points Guy.
In accordance with the theme, the outside of the navy-blue aircraft carries images — from nose to tail fin — of TIE fighters and X-wing fighters, while glowing lightsabers adorn either side of the tail.
The interstellar makeover is not limited to the exterior. Once inside, passengers will be greeted with special plaques and headrests bearing the Resistance and First Order emblems, as well as amenity kits stamped with the “Star Wars” insignia. (Hey, who doesn’t want a star-spangled eye mask for red-eye flights?) Plus, starting in December, passengers will get to board the livery to John Williams’ classic “Star Wars” theme.
The theme even extends to the in-flight safety video, which the United account teased on Twitter Friday. The standard spiel is intercut with clips from the “Star Wars” films — including one of C-3PO and R2-D2 — as well as plugs for various exhibits around the world. And in typical “Star Wars” fashion, the last half of the briefing is delivered via hologram, reminiscent of the iconic Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) scene from “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope.”
United vice president of marketing Mark Krolick hopes that the “Star Alliance” between flight and franchise will “connect people and unite the world,” according to the Independent. “We are thrilled to join forces and help promote the concluding chapter of the Skywalker story.”
Catching a ride on the “Star Wars” plane requires some foresight. United representatives tell The Post that fans can track the craft on FlightAware by typing in the aircraft number “N36272” — whereupon the plane will appear as an X-wing on their monitor. The site will list all scheduled flights for the “space shuttle,” and those looking to book a ticket for the special experience can do so at United.com using the specific flight number.
The United-Star Wars collaboration has received mixed responses on Twitter, with some detractors crying, “Stop spending money on this nonsense” and “This sucks.”
However, one Jedi fan lauded the promotion, saying, “OH MY GOD are you guys doing safety videos paired with movie releases? That’s amazing!”
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