BB-8 sure knows how to draw a crowd.
The character from the 2015 film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on Monday evening made a surprise appearance at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.
It was all in honor of the inaugural flight of ANA’s (All Nippon Airways’) aircraft decorated like BB-8. The plane left Osaka, Japan, flew to Tokyo and then landed in Los Angeles around 6 p.m.
A “Star Wars"-themed Boeing 777-300 decorated like the movie’s character BB-8 lands in Los Angeles on March 28.(Tom Politeo / For The Times)
The “Star Wars” markings on the Boeing 777-300 were applied in Japan.(Tom Politeo / For The Times)
The BB-8 aircraft is the third in ANA’s “Star Wars” fleet. The other two are a Dreamliner decorated like R2-D2 and a smaller plane that bears likenesses of both characters.(Tom Politeo / For The Times)
The nose of the orange-and-white aircraft pays tribute to B-88 from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”(Mary Forgione / For The Times)
BB-8 put in a surprise appearance at LAX after its namesake airplane landed on March 28.(Tom Politeo / For The Times)
Two children discover B-88 while the “Star Wars” character was rolling around LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal on March 28.(Mary Forgione / For The Times)
BB-8 delighted members of the media as well as fliers who were surprised to see the “Star Wars” character at LAX on March 28.(Tom Politeo / For The Times)
On ANA’s BB-8 jet, cups, napkins, headrests and even the flight steward’s apron show off the “Star Wars” theme in economy class.(Tom Politeo / For The Times)
Gate 133 announced the arrival of the BB-8 ANA jet at Los Angeles International Airport on March 28.(Mary Forgione / For The Times)
The BB-8 aircraft is the third in the “Star Wars” fleet that was rolled out last year. It includes a Dreamliner decked out like R2-D2 and a smaller plane that features both characters on its exterior. The decorations will remain on the planes for five years.
The jet will fly between Tokyo and Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Houston and Washington. Passengers in coach will find headrests, paper cups and napkins emblazoned with the likeness of BB-8, and flight attendants wear matching aprons too. (Business and first class seem exempt from the “Star Wars” touch.)