May the flight be with you! Star Wars characters board flight

Virgin Australia surprised passengers with an unforgettable Star Wars themed flight to celebrate the opening of the new theme park. Passengers flying from Sydney to Los Angeles were greeted by Stormtroopers at the check-in gate. The Stormtroopers patrolled the Sydney Airport check-in area before R2D2, BB8 and the Resistance Pilots greeted them at the boarding gate.

Virgin Australia joined forces with Star Wars and The Walt Disney Company Australia and New Zealand to celebrate the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Resort in California.

Guests onboard were encouraged to take part in an exclusive lightsaber competition, with the winner receiving free Virgin Australia flights to Los Angeles, five nights accommodation at the Disneyland Resort in California and access to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

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All passengers were gifted a lightsaber, and handed out a pillow with Yoda or a Stormtrooper design, and ate from ate from a menu inspired by a galaxy from far, far away.

And, as Yoda would say: “Patience you must have” for the long flight, which takes nearly 14 hours to fly between the two cities.

Virgin Australia marketing director, Michael Nearhos said: “Entertainment is at the core of the Virgin DNA and we’re thrilled to be able to bring one of the most iconic movie franchises to life onboard.

“Today’s Star Wars-themed flight is the perfect way to celebrate our new alliance with Star Wars and The Walt Disney Company Australia and New Zealand, and we look forward to taking many more guests from the award-winning Virgin Australia service onto an amazing adventure at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland Resort California.”

The Walt Disney Company Australia and New Zealand managing director, Kylie Watson-Wheeler said: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with Virgin Australia and their guests on what will be an unforgettable journey. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the largest land ever built by The Walt Disney Company and showcases incredible creativity and cutting-edge technology. We look forward to transporting Star Wars fans to the other side of the galaxy!”

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Virgin Australia operates daily flights to Los Angeles from Sydney; and five flights to Los Angeles from Melbourne and Brisbane every week. Guests receive all-inclusive meals and inflight entertainment including a selection of the latest Disney and Star Wars films on demand from July, as well as access to purchase international WiFi available.

Han would have had a good feeling about this...

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