SINGAPORE, 14 October 2015 – Hold your breath, Star Wars fans! The first-ever commercial aircraft in the world to be decorated with Star Wars livery is coming to Changi Airport, and fans in Singapore now stand a chance to get on board this iconic jet without the need to buy a ticket. Come 12 November 2015, Changi Airport will be the first Asian airport outside of Japan to welcome the R2-D2TM ANA jet, which is making a special visit here to greet some very lucky fans in Singapore.The first in a series of three Star Wars themed planes by ANA and The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd., the R2-D2TM ANA jet dressed as the robust droid from Star Wars, was unveiled last month to much global fanfare.
This special flight to Singapore, chartered by JTB Japan, will make a brief two-night stop at Changi Airport, where an extraordinary event will be held for fans on 14 November 2015.
From now until 25 October 2015, Star Wars fans in Singapore can win a pair of tickets each by participating in online contests held on ANA’s website and Changi Airport’s Facebook page. With 20 pairs of tickets up for grabs, 40 lucky winners will get to enjoy a tour of the iconic aircraft – which not just boasts a striking livery but unique interior touches, such as Star Wars themed headrests and dining ware. 10 winners will be selected by Changi Airport Group and 30 winners will be selected by ANA.
During the three-hour experience on ground, winners will enjoy the novelty of catching one of the movies from the Star Warssaga – the first time any has been available on a commercial flight* – and enjoy an in-flight meal, all in the comfort of a business class seat.The winners will also receive goodie bags filled with limited-edition commemorative merchandise such as an R2-D2TM ANA jet model plane and a Star Wars plush toy.
“The R2-D2TM ANA jet has received tremendous interest from around the globe, and we are delighted to be able to partner Changi Airport to share this exclusive experience with fans in Singapore,” said Mitsuo Tomita, ANA’s vice president of Marketing and Sales Asia & Oceania. “This represents our commitment to enhancing the flight experience for all and we look forward to welcoming more passengers on board to enjoy the full ANA experience.”
Apart from domestic routes, the R2-D2TM ANA jet has been scheduled to fly between Tokyo and Vancouver in Canada, Seattle and San Jose in the US, Munich, Paris and Brussels in Europe, Sydney in Australia, Beijing in China and Jakarta in Indonesia.
*Movies to be shown from November 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016 on international routes.
About Changi Airport Group
Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd (CAG) (www.changiairportgroup.com) was formed on 16 June 2009 and the corporatisation of Singapore Changi Airport (IATA: SIN, ICAO: WSSS) followed on 1 July 2009. As the company managing Changi Airport, CAG undertakes key functions focusing on airport operations and management, air hub development, commercial activities and airport emergency services. CAG also manages Seletar Airport (IATA: XSP, ICAO: WSSL) and through its subsidiary Changi Airports International, invests in and manages foreign airports.
Changi Airport is the world's sixth busiest airport for international traffic. It served a record 54.1 million passengers from around the globe in 2014. More than 350 retail stores and 160 F&B outlets are situated across three terminals to cater to passengers and visitors. With over 100 airlines providing connectivity to 320 cities worldwide, Changi Airport handles about 6,600 flights every week, or about one every 90 seconds.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan by revenues and passenger numbers. Founded in 1952, ANA flies today on 75 international routes and 120 domestic routes. The ANA group has 35,000 employees and a fleet of 243 aircraft. In FY2014, it carried 50.4 million passengers and generated revenues of 1.71 trillion Japanese yen. ANA offers four daily services between Singapore and Tokyo. ANA has been a member of Star Alliance since 1999, and has joint-ventures with United Airlines on trans-Pacific and Asia routes, and with Lufthansa, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines on Japan-Europe routes. Its Frequent Flyer Program, ANA Mileage Club, has more than 26 million members. ANA was voted Airline of the Year for 2013 by Air Transport World Magazine, and in 2015 was awarded five stars for the third consecutive year by the world's leading Airline and Airport review site, SKYTRAX. ANA is the launch customer and biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.