Last updated: 11:30 AM ET, Thu December 17 2015

Star Wars Cast and Crew Arrive in London on R2-D2 Plane

Entertainment | Donald Wood | December 17, 2015

Star Wars Cast and Crew Arrive in London on R2-D2 Plane

To celebrate the launch of the new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” movie, the cast and crew from the film flew from Los Angeles to London in a plane painted to look like R2-D2.

The aircraft is part of Japanese airline All Nippon Airways’ fleet—the company owns three “Star Wars” themed planes—and is a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner that features the R2-D2 paint scheme and a giant logos from the movie franchise on the fuselage.

The flight was dubbed NH1977 to celebrate the premiere of the first film in the series, and the passengers included “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, the new film’s director JJ Abrams and stars from the film like Harrison Ford.

The crew departed from Los Angeles International Airport after the film’s world premiere and arrived at Gatwick Airport in time to for the London debut. With the frenzy surrounding the new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” captivating fans all over the world, this was the perfect way to usher in a new era of “Star Wars” films.

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