Last week, Smaug got out of his cave and took a small vacation to Los Angeles, which also was just in time to celebrate the premiere of Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. But how did he get there exactly? Well, the famed dragon teamed up with Air New Zealand of course, and flew across the Pacific, where he was welcomed at LAX airport by Jackson, two cast members from the film, and the New Zealand National Board of Tourism.
Okay that may be a bit too much, but to celebrate the release of the film, Air New Zealand completely transformed a seemingly normal Boeing 777, into the mythical dragon. Hit the jump to find out all the details of the plane, and some photos from the event, which we were able to attend.
The Smaug decal that is on the Air New Zealand plan measures at 54 meters long (177 feet). It took 430 man hours and 4 days to apply the decal to the aircraft.
Like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit trilogy was shot on location in New Zealand. As a result, fans of Jackson’s LOTR trilogy and the books were taking trips to New Zealand to experience the series of adventures in Tolkien’s novels. Basically Air Newland’s newly detailed Smaug aircraft will help promote tourism in New Zealand.
Peter Jackson, Aidian Turner (Kili), and Dean O’Gorman (Fili) were all there to welcome Smaug, I mean, the newly designed Air New Zealand plane complete with Smaug decal, onto the LAX tarmac.
Thanks the people over at Air New Zealand for giving us the opportunity to attend this event.