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Now Boarding for LAX via Endor: United Airlines Joins the Star Wars Fleet

by Vic Arkoff
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Star Wars fanatics can hitch a ride to places far, far away on a special United Airlines jet decked out as the only Star Wars-themed commercial jet winging it across the galaxy. Or at least across North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

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Star Alliance’s United Airlines collaborated with “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” – the epic conclusion of the Skywalker saga – to create a nose-to-tail Star Wars design on one of its Boeing 737-800 aircraft, plus inside some fun decor tweaks and themed services.

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The exterior paint design features images of great Star Wars spacecraft, including X-wing and TIE fighter starships. The aircraft’s tail sports red and blue Jedi lightsabers against a black backdrop on each side, reflecting the two sides of the Force.

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While it’s nothing at all like the Millennium Falcon (hats off to Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge!) the United plane’s interior does have some nice touches – mainly red and blue headrests with the emblems of the movie’s dueling factions, the Resistance and the First Order.

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Keep your fingers crossed that inflight menus start offering Endorian Tip-yip and Smoked Kaadu Ribs like the ones at Disney’s Galaxy Edge. (Though the tough chicken I had on a recent American flight might have been Kaadu jerky.) The lucky first passengers were greeted with classic Star Wars-themed music during boarding, gate visits from costumed Stormtroopers, and limited-edition commemorative pins.

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The flights also offer “The Rise of Skywalker” themed amenity kits (sorry, no freebies for you, Coach class) and a new inflight safety demonstration video featuring characters from the new film. It’s not a ton of fun under the Tatooine twin suns but worth a look:

Grounded fans can track United’s Star Wars-themed jet’s past and future flights via a special icon on the FlightAware online flight-tracking platform by entering the plane’s tail number, N36272, as the X-Wing starship.

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