Air New Zealand unveiled their massive, newly made-up Hobbit plane this morning. Well technically, it’s made-up with dwarves!
The Boeing ER is 73 metres and the largest of the Air New Zealand planes. General Marketing Manager Mike Tod said, “At 830 square metres it’s the largest ever graphic to be applied to an aircraft.” It took nearly 400 man-hours to affix it to the plane and was designed at Weta Workshop by Gus Hunter and Nick Keller.
After the aircraft was revealed, it was set to depart for Los Angeles, and then London, returning to New Zealand in time for the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
So let’s get our counting done now! If you’re sitting in rows 12 or 13, that’s Thorin. 14 is Dwalin, 17 is Balin, 19-21 are Bofur, 22-23 are Fili, 26 is Kili, 28-29 are Oin, 30-32 are Gloin, 33-35 are Bifur, and from there it gets a little difficult to see from the above photo. But we do know that Bilbo, Gandalf, and Bag End adorn the back of the plane!
Our News Director, Arwen Kester, is in New Zealand now! In fact, she just posted her first update. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that she’ll get to fly this plane on her return trip!
The airline will be revealing a new Hobbit-inspired plane next year for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
What do you think of the plane’s new look?