Pictures: Virgin Atlantic unveils a "Millenium Falcon" themed Boeing 747

Orlando, Florida - British leisure operator Virgin Atlantic unveiled a Boeing 747 named "The Falcon" with a stunning livery featuring the Star Wars' famous starship "Millennium Falcon" and the "Galaxy's Edge" logo.

The new livery is not a decal. It's a real art painting. It took the painters weeks to produce, the company said.

The company will operate the jumbo jet on the Gatwick-Orlando route and is intended to take attention of the holidaymakers who fly to Orlando to visit Disney's studios.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge was opened at Walt Disney World Resort last month.


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,

said Joe Thompson, managing director of Virgin Holidays.

Over the past three decades, we have taken millions of British holidaymakers 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,

Thompson added.


Besides "The Falcon", Virgin Holidays has launched a special tour package called "The Ultimate Virgin Holidays Star Wars Experience". The tour includes return flights, access to Star Wars: Galaxy Edge an hour before the park opens, the chance to meet Star Wars characters, a Star Wars-themed dinner and accommodation at a Walt Disney World resort hotel.

Virgin Atlantic has launched a social media competition, encouraging airplane spotters to take and publish the images of the Virgin's Millenium Falcon-themed jumbo jet to win two seats on board for The Ultimate Virgin Holidays Star Wars Experience.

The images need to be tagged with both Virgin Holidays and Virgin Atlantic, and include #TheFalcon in the photo caption.

October 9 is the last day for to submit the images for the contest.