The Force Is Strong With This One: ANA Goes ‘Star Wars’

This artist image released from Japan's airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) on April 17, 2015 shows ANA's Boeing 787-9 aircraft into the colors of R2-D2 robot of Star Wars. ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS / AFP - Getty Images

A long time ago, at a departure gate far, far away...

Air New Zealand might have the Hobbits from 'Middle Earth', but All Nippon Airways (ANA) now has Star Wars. The Japanese airline announced an R2-D2 livery on its new 787-9 Dreamliner, which is just the start of a five-year ANA Star Wars Project.

Die-hard Star Wars fans will have a chance to be transported by R2-D2 later this year.

This comes on the back of the release of the latest trailer for the seventh installment in the Star Wars series, "The Force Awakens," which is set to release in December.

-- Aza Wee Sile