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Tuesday, March 29 2016 23:01

Rides: ANA's STAR WARS BB-8 Boeing 777-300 arrives in the U.S.

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With the in-home release of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS fast-approaching, the inaugural flights of ANA's BB-8 Boeing 777-300 took place this week. After unveiling the aircraft in a ceremony on March 27 at Osaka Japan's Itami Airport, the aircraft made a one-off domestic flight as ANA22 from Itami to Haneda before departing the airport as flight ANA106 to Los Angeles, marking the start of the aircraft's international service.

The aircraft is scheduled to fly various international routes, principally routes linking Haneda, Narita and US - Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Houston, and Singapore

 BB-8

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 28: ANA's BB-8 themed jet lands in Los Angeles in celebration of in-home release of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS on March 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Passengers on the BB-8 ANA JET experienced the world of STAR WARS with specially-designed BB-8 paper cups and headrest covers and cabin attendants wearing BB-8 aprons.
 
I know BB-8 pretty well. He's a good Droid...

BB-8, star of #StarWars #TheForceAwakens. He's on a mission... #StarWarsEvent #BB8

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STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is out on Disney Movies Anywhere and Digital HD on April 1, with the Blu-ray and DVD arriving on April 5th. 
 
For the latest on THE FORCE AWAKENS, Gareth Edwards' ROGUE ONE, Rian Johnson's EPISODE VIII and everything STAR WARS, keep your browser pointed at TheRockFather.com/StarWars
James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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