United Airlines Star Wars Plane: How to Book Tickets for the Themed Flight Ahead of 'The Rise of Skywalker'

Star Wars fans can live out their Jedi dreams in the sky on board United's new Star Wars-themed plane ahead of the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker film opening next month.

The space-themed livery of United's Boeing 737-800 aircraft captures the essence of the Star Wars galaxy, painted all around with a black backdrop covered by a "blanket of stars" and with images of iconic spacecraft from the film series including the X-Wing and TIE fighter starship, while the tail of the plane features a red and blue-colored lightsaber on either side, representing the two sides of the "Force" in the Star Wars universe, the Jedi and the Sith, according to a statement by United.

The livery design as developed by Doug Chiang, the vice president and executive director of Lucasfilm, the film and television production company founded by filmmaker George Lucas, the creator of the Star Wars film franchise.

"Approaching the design for United Airlines was unlike anything I had ever done before. I typically design for a flat screen when I design for films...an airplane fuselage presented a broad and exciting canvas," Chiang describes on United's website.

"We leveraged the curve of the fuselage to give the impression of three-dimensionality," he added.

"By placing the main X-wing and TIE fighter on the broadest area of the aircraft, it gave the impression that the spaceships were spatially coming out toward the viewer. Two smaller spaceships were placed on the upper and lower edges of the fuselage to reinforce this perspective. The resulting illusion is one of false dimension, like a classical trompe l'oeil painting where the imagery seems to jump out of the canvas," United notes.

The dichotomy of good and evil continues on board the aircraft, where half of the seats have blue-colored headrests with a symbol of the Resistance, while the other half features red headrests with a First Order logo.

Passengers can also expect to be welcomed with classic Star Wars-themed music while boarding as well as stormtroopers, who were also pictured on the ground at the airport terminal (along with the BB-8 droid from the Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens film), greeting passengers at the gate following of the Star Wars-themed plane's inaugural flight from Houston to Orlando earlier this month, according to Insider.

On board features also include commemorative pins and amenity kits themed after the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker film and a safety demonstration video featuring famous characters from the film as well as "space-themed sequences scored to some of the most recognizable musical themes in both motion picture and commercial aviation history," the airline states.

The airline is also offering several Star Wars-themed experiences, including a chance to attend the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in Los Angeles and London as well as exclusive screenings of the film in various cities including New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco and Denver, which members of United's MileagePlus program can bid on using their air miles.

Our Star Wars aircraft is never far, far away. Track it on FlightAware (tail number N36272) and look for the X-Wing Starship. https://t.co/iFvUA1y7Ed

See Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on December 20. pic.twitter.com/h9S4tdsDJG

— United Airlines (@united) November 18, 2019

Other experiences available to MileagePlus members include trip packages for 4 to visit Star Wars filming locations in Jordan and a "special collectors package" including "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker-themed amenity kits, special pins and a model aircraft of United's Star-Wars-themed Boeing 737-800," the airline notes. A full listing of available experiences can be seen at the MileagePlus Exclusives website.

Passengers can book a flight on board the new Star Wars-themed plane by looking up its tail number N36272, according to Insider.

Those who don't manage to bag a flight on the unique aircraft can track its movements on FlightAware, said to be the world's largest online flight tracking platform, to possibly catch a glimpse of the plane at the airport as it journeys through the U.S., Canada, Central America and the Caribbean, according to United.

"For the first time, you can track past and future flights on both desktop and mobile by entering the plane's tail number–N36272–and the new aircraft will appear on FlightAware's flight tracking maps as the X-Wing starship," the airline notes.

Anticipation for the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, what's said to be the final instalment from the epic film series dating back to 1977, has been building with a drip feed of various related experiences and attractions unveiled in recent months.

Earlier this month, Disney+, Disney's new streaming service, started airing The Mandalorian, a Star Wars web television series set a few years after the events of the Return of the Jedi film.

Stormtroopers Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Orlando Florida
Stormtroopers on guard at the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Walt Disney World Resort Opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on August 27, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. Getty Images

Disney+ also recently announced plans for a new live-action Star Wars web TV series following rebel spy Cassian Andor, played by Mexican actor Diego Luna, during the early years of the rebellion against the Empire.

Last month, Disney also unveiled details of its new Star Wars ride—Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance—which will be opened on December 5 at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida and on January 17, 2020 at Disneyland Park in California.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, directed by J.J. Abrams, opens in U.S. theaters on December 20.

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