There's a Dragon on that Air New Zealand Plane!


By Neal Broverman

Air New Zealand gets into the Hobbit spirit.

It's not quite "Terror at 20,000 Feet," but Air New Zealand has a new monster on one of its planes. The airline has a huge decal of Smaug, the dragon that factors heavily in Peter Jackson's new movie The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, on both sides of one of its Boeing 777's.

The plane recently flew to Los Angeles for the premiere of the film, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen, and Evangeline Lilly and based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. The decal was the first time Hobbit fans were able to see Jackson's interpretation of Smaug, whose eye was only glimpsed in the first Hobbit film.

The decal will remain on the plane for at least a year, when the Hobbit trilogy's third film is released. All the Hobbit movies, like The Lord of the Rings features, were filmed in New Zealand, and the nation hopes to capitalize on the films' popularity through increased tourism.

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