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How’d An X-Wing Fighter Show Up On FlightAware?

by joeheg

I’m a big fan of FlightAware. It’s one of the seven travel apps you need to have when traveling. It’s also the app I use to spy on family and friends when they’re traveling.

So the last thing I’m expecting to see when I pull up FlightAware is an X-Wing on the map.

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Well, it turns out that United is going all out with the Star Wars branding to coincide with the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker movie to be released on December 20th.

They’ve already released a Star Wars-themed safety video (which has more footage from the film than I wanted to see). I’m firmly #teamNoSpoilers.

If that’s not enough, they’ve gotten FlightAware to change the icon of their Star Wars livery plane (N36272) to show up as an X-Wing Fighter.

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Now, this plane is no stranger to our local airport of MCO. In fact, the @MCO Twitter feed likes to show off when the plane arrives in town.

This is as close we’ll get to a United plane unless we want to bid some of our MileagePlus miles to get a set of amenity kits and a model airplane. The bids to attend the premiere are already up to 200,000 miles and there are 19 days to go.

And no matter how cool I think United Star Wars livery looks, it’s nowhere near as badass as the LATAM Stormtrooper livery.


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1 comment

Jeremy November 12, 2019 - 3:31 pm

Flew home from London on Saturday and they had special amenity kits for Biz and PE – so cool!


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