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United’s ‘Star Wars’ plane lands at Mérida airport

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United Airlines’ “Star Wars” plane is parked in Mérida airport until it returns to Houston later this morning. Photo: Courtesy

Fans of the “Star Wars” franchise may want to book a trip to Houston this morning.

United Airlines’ regular Texas flight will be on a specially themed plane that promotes “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”

The plane, which arrived last night, takes off for the United States at 10:30 a.m., and it is designed to make customers feel like a Jedi.

This is reportedly the first time that one has landed in a Mexican airport. Decked out in dueling Resistance and First Order livery — down to the headrests — the plane is flying mainly across the U.S., Canada, Central America and the Caribbean.

The exterior of the Boeing 737-800 depicts a galaxy of stars. In addition, they have included the images of the X-wing and TIE fighter ships.

Passengers will hear the “Star Wars” theme upon boarding. Even the welcome and safety video was re-shot to incorporate characters from the film. Members of United’s frequent-flier program and its business-class passengers will take home a collectible souvenir of the experience.

“Star Wars” flights can only be booked at the last minute because they are announced just days ahead. Passengers can book a flight by looking up the aircraft’s tail number, N36272.

“The Rise of Skywalker” came out in late 2019 and grossed about $1.1 billion at the box office. It was billed as the last film in the nine-film Skywalker saga.

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