To celebrate the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the trilogy's mythical dragon landed in Los Angeles' International Airport.
Simple. Air New Zealand has transformed a Boeing 777-300 aircraft by emblazoning its sides with a 177 feet long Smaug. It’s a sight to behold and the only way fans will be able to see the dragon in his entirety.
On hand at LAX was Hobbit director Peter Jackson along with actors Aiden Turner and Dean O’Gorman to celebrate Air New Zealand’s collaboration with The WB in making New Zealand a hot tourist spot.
Over the years legions of fans of both the Hobbit and LOTR films have traveled to the country that has provided the landscapes for Middle Earth which has flourished the country in many ways.
Appreciative of the international attention the films have given their country, places like Hobbiton and in this case Air New Zealand happily become part of the world-wide fandom by lending themselves to immerse fans in the beloved world that once only existed in books. They unveiled the Smaug plane to coincide with the release of the second installment of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug on the day of its premiere in Hollywood.
Here are some more pictures of the event that took place on the runway at Los Angeles International Airport:
Oh look, the hot dwarves Fili (Dean O’Gorman) and Kili (Aiden Turner).
Peter Jackson and the lovely Air New Zealand flight attendants, some of whom were in those super awesome ANZ viral videos. Air New Zealand is offering specially tailored packages to take Tolkien fans around the places where the film was shot. Some packages are called The New Zealand Trilogy, Pillars of the Kings, Middle of Middle Earth, and Unexpected Journey.