Virgin Atlantic unveils Star Wars themed plane with nod to Millennium Falcon

Star Wars fans may dream of flying in the Millennium Falcon, but Virgin Atlantic ‘s Boeing 747 might just be the next best thing.

That’s because the airline has given one of its Boeing 747 aircraft a major Star Wars themed makeover.

Fittingly named ‘The Falcon’, the plane has been covered with a brand new galactic livery showcasing Han Solo’s iconic ship, in tribute to the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.

The Millennium Falcon decal measures 44 metres long from end to end, and took three weeks to print using 14,000 millimetres of ink.

It was a pretty ambitious venture; the film used to wrap the new design around the aircraft could cover four tennis courts!

Members of the Resistance will be able to journey in the redesigned aircraft too, as it set to transport passengers from London Gatwick to a galaxy far, far away… also known as Orlando.

(It’s set to take to the skies on Wednesday 25th September).

That’s because the Star Wars makeover comes in celebration of the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World .

Virgin Atlantic has given one of its planes a Star Wars themed makeover

The highly-anticipated new offering takes fans to Planet Batuu where smugglers, the Resistance and First Order co-exist – and it’s a fully immersive experience.

Guests can interact with characters, use the Play Disney Parks App to hack panels and play with droids, and even pilot the Millennium Falcon in a thrilling interactive attraction.

The plane has been renamed ‘The Falcon’

In fact, Virgin Holidays has launched The Ultimate Virgin Holidays Star Wars Experience package which includes flights on The Falcon plane, a seven-night stay at Walt Disney World, one hour private access to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and even a privatised Star Wars dinner experience.

You can find out more about the Star Wars package here .

The Boeing 747 has a new livery in tribute to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

To celebrate the launch of The Falcon plane, Virgin Holidays is launching a competition where you could bag two places on The Ultimate Virgin Holidays Star Wars Experience.

The competition is simple – anyone who spots the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge aircraft can snap a photo and share it on their Instagram account. Make sure to tag both Virgin Holidays and Virgin Atlantic , with the hashtag #TheFalcon.

The Falcon will fly between London Gatwick and Orlando

All entries received by Wednesday 9th October will be entered into a prize draw.

Dave Napper, Senior Engineer, Virgin Atlantic said: “It was a very exciting brief to be able to redesign our aircraft livery to represent something as iconic as the Millennium Falcon and it’s not something that you get to do every day.

“We have many Star Wars fans within the company who jumped at the chance to get involved in some way, and we cannot wait to see ‘The Falcon’ take flight.”


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