It's a Bird, It's a Plane...It's a Dragon Painted on an Air New Zealand 777
Yet another new Hobbit movie has the folks down at Air New Zealand all excited to launch their latest homage to Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf. The Kiwi airline has given fans of the movie a sneak peak of the latest release's namesake character by emblazoning a plane with Smaug, a mythical dragon of The Hobbit: The Desolation of the Smaug.
There's no doubt that Air NZ loves anything and everything Hobbit, as this is actually the second Boeing 777-300 to be wrapped with a Hobbit scene. Both colorful Boeings regularly fly between New Zealand and the US, which makes Los Angeles the best place to spot the new dragon.
Like any other moviestar, Smaug made his first appearance in Tinsel Town at a red carpet event at LAX after its first flight from
Middle Earth Auckland. Fortunately for the Hobbit actors who shared the photoshoot with their reptilian co-star, a crew of Air New Zealand Dragon Handlers calmed the beast before take-off.
[Photo: Air New Zealand]