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Hobbits and Orcs Over LA

The Air New Zealand Hobbit plane is headed for Los Angeles.



    Hobbits and Orcs Over LA
    Air New Zealand
    Flying Air New Zealand? It's almost like being in a Tolkien book. The Hobbit-decorated Air New Zealand plane lands in Los Angeles on Saturday, Nov. 24.

    There are a lot of ways to get around The Shire and Mordor and the other whimsical lands created by J.R.R. Tolkien: wooden carts and wee boats and really fast horses from The Beyond (yep, we're thinking of those charmers, the Nazgûl).

    But a Boeing 777-300ER? We're pretty sure we didn't see that flying over Helm's Deep or Rohan, but perhaps we were keeping an eye on the orcs. (One always must.) That does not mean such a vehicle doesn't exist in the world of Hobbits; one does, it is owned by Air New Zealand, and it is set to touch down in all of its Golem-y glory at LAX on Saturday, Nov. 24.

    It's a magical city, right? First the Space Shuttle flies over us -- well, "flies," okay -- and next up, Hobbitsies decorating a 239-foot aircraft. And, nope, the people of the Shire will not be doing a Space Shuttle-like loop over SoCal, but rather a standard set-down at Los Angeles International Airport at 2 p.m. on the 24th.

    Gate is 21; terminal is #2, and the plane will be on its way from New Zealand to London's Heathrow, so don't expect it to hang around for long. Also? A rep for Air New Zealand says the design of the Hobbit plane has been a "closely guarded secret." Meaning this stop-down will be a first glimpse for serious fans of air travel and second breakfasts. (Isn't that all of us?)

    As with all flight times, there's a window, and things can shift, so plan accordingly.

    "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" debuts on Friday, Dec. 14 in theaters. Oh, and you saw the Air New Zealand safety film going around a few weeks back, right? Fantastic.

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