Yesterday we posted some early pictures of Virgin‘s newly liveried Boeing 747 – now known as The Falcon – and Virgin Holidays have kindly dropped us a line with the full details of the plane, where you can see it and when it’s heading to Galaxy’s Edge.
VIRGIN ATLANTIC’S “THE FALCON” GETS SET TO JUMP TO HYPERSPACE TO CELEBRATE STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE
· Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays unveil new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge themed livery on Boeing 747 aircraft
· The aircraft will go into service from 25 September, flying between London Gatwick and Orlando International Airport, transporting thousands of holidaymakers to the highly anticipated, new Star Wars-themed land at Walt Disney World® Resort
· The unique plane wrap follows hot on the heels of the launch of Virgin Holidays’ The Ultimate Virgin Holidays Star Wars Experience holiday package – perfect for fans of the iconic movie saga
London, Wednesday 25 September: Virgin Atlantic has unveiled a brand new, one-of-a-kind Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge plane wrap on one of its Boeing 747 aircraft, which has taken to the skies today. The themed plane will now transport holidaymakers from London Gatwick Airport to Orlando, Florida, where they will be able to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, at Walt Disney World® Resort.
The plane, which will be known as “The Falcon” – showcasing the iconic Millennium Falcon – the iconic spaceship once owned by Han Solo – is one part of Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays’ celebrations of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which opened in Orlando in August.
As well as “The Falcon” official plane unveiling, Virgin Holidays has also launched The Ultimate Virgin Holidays Star Wars Experience – a curated themed holiday experience to Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida, which will take off between 15 and 22 February 2020 – giving fans the chance to live their Star Wars adventure, bigger and bolder than ever before.
To celebrate the aircraft entering Virgin Atlantic’s flight operations today, Virgin Holidays has also launched a social media competition, encouraging members of the public who spot the plane, to capture and share images, for the chance to win two seats on board The Ultimate Virgin Holidays Star Wars Experience.
The competition is simple – anyone who spots the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge aircraft can snap and share an image on their personal Instagram account, tagging both Virgin Holidays and Virgin Atlantic, and including #TheFalcon in the photo caption. All entries received by Wednesday 9 October will be entered into a prize draw.
The highly-anticipated land, which is located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® Theme Park, is set on Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu, located at the outer rim of the galaxy. Once there, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays’ guests will be able to experience all-new Star Wars attractions and enjoy immersive entertainment, rubbing shoulders with smugglers, rogue traders and adventurers – all the while avoiding the ever-expanding reach of the First Order.
Joe Thompson, Managing Director of Virgin Holidays, said: “We are incredibly proud to see ‘The Falcon’ take flight, featuring the iconic Millennium Falcon, from the much-loved Star Wars saga, as it wings passengers to experience the thrilling, new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land at Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida.
“Over the last three decades, we have taken millions of British holiday-makers to enjoy the magic of Disney and we know that so many of our customers have been excited about planning their trip to experience this new land. We hope those lucky enough to board ‘The Falcon’ will enjoy their journey with us, even more.”
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.”
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Virgin Atlantic plane wrap facts
· The film used to wrap the aircraft could cover four tennis courts, including Centre Court at Wimbledon!
· The decal is 44 metre long from end to end
· The decal took three weeks to print, using 14,000 millimetres of ink