The Force awakens at Changi Airport T2 and T3

Stormtroopers (in white) and Starfighter pilots marching through Changi Airport on Thursday (Nov 12) to celebrate the launch of the Star Wars X-Wing and TIE Fighter displays at T2 and T3.
Stormtroopers (in white) and Starfighter pilots marching through Changi Airport on Thursday (Nov 12) to celebrate the launch of the Star Wars X-Wing and TIE Fighter displays at T2 and T3.ST PHOTO: YIP WAI YEE
People take photos of Stormtroopers as they gather around a life-sized Star Wars TIE Fighter model on display at Singapore's Changi Airport on Nov 12, 2015.
People take photos of Stormtroopers as they gather around a life-sized Star Wars TIE Fighter model on display at Singapore's Changi Airport on Nov 12, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS
Stormtroopers (in white) and Starfighter pilots marching through Changi Airport on Thursday (Nov 12) to celebrate the launch of the Star Wars X-Wing and TIE Fighter displays at T2 and T3.
Stormtroopers (in white) and Starfighter pilots marching through Changi Airport on Thursday (Nov 12) to celebrate the launch of the Star Wars X-Wing and TIE Fighter displays at T2 and T3.ST PHOTO: YIP WAI YEE
Stormtroopers (in white) and Starfighter pilots marching through Changi Airport on Thursday (Nov 12) to celebrate the launch of the Star Wars X-Wing and TIE Fighter displays at T2 and T3.
Stormtroopers (in white) and Starfighter pilots marching through Changi Airport on Thursday (Nov 12) to celebrate the launch of the Star Wars X-Wing and TIE Fighter displays at T2 and T3.ST PHOTO: YIP WAI YEE
Stormtroopers (in white) and Starfighter pilots marching through Changi Airport on Thursday (Nov 12) to celebrate the launch of the Star Wars X-Wing and TIE Fighter displays at T2 and T3.
Stormtroopers (in white) and Starfighter pilots marching through Changi Airport on Thursday (Nov 12) to celebrate the launch of the Star Wars X-Wing and TIE Fighter displays at T2 and T3.ST PHOTO: YIP WAI YEE
Stormtroopers at Changi Airport.
Stormtroopers at Changi Airport.ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG
People waiting for the Star Wars event at Changi Airport to start. The T-70 X-wing fighter is seen in the centre.
People waiting for the Star Wars event at Changi Airport to start. The T-70 X-wing fighter is seen in the centre.ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG
Meals on the ANA Star Wars plane feature R2-D2 napkins and cups.
Meals on the ANA Star Wars plane feature R2-D2 napkins and cups.ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG
A Yoda soft toy seen on the ANA Star Wars plane.
A Yoda soft toy seen on the ANA Star Wars plane.ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG
Stormtroopers marching through Changi Airport on Thursday (Nov 12) to celebrate the launch of the Star Wars X-Wing and TIE Fighter displays at T2 and T3.
Stormtroopers marching through Changi Airport on Thursday (Nov 12) to celebrate the launch of the Star Wars X-Wing and TIE Fighter displays at T2 and T3.STPHOTO: JOYCE FANG
Stormtroopers (in white) and Starfighter pilots marching through Changi Airport on Thursday (Nov 12) to celebrate the launch of the Star Wars X-Wing and TIE Fighter displays at T2 and T3.
Stormtroopers (in white) and Starfighter pilots marching through Changi Airport on Thursday (Nov 12) to celebrate the launch of the Star Wars X-Wing and TIE Fighter displays at T2 and T3.STPHOTO: JOYCE FANG
Starfighter pilots marching through Changi Airport on Thursday (Nov 12) to celebrate the launch of the Star Wars X-Wing and TIE Fighter displays at T2 and T3.
Starfighter pilots marching through Changi Airport on Thursday (Nov 12) to celebrate the launch of the Star Wars X-Wing and TIE Fighter displays at T2 and T3.STPHOTO: JOYCE FANG
Stormtroopers marching through Changi Airport on Thursday (Nov 12) to celebrate the launch of the Star Wars X-Wing and TIE Fighter displays at T2 and T3.
Stormtroopers marching through Changi Airport on Thursday (Nov 12) to celebrate the launch of the Star Wars X-Wing and TIE Fighter displays at T2 and T3.STPHOTO: JOYCE FANG

The Force awakened Changi Airport Thursday morning when two iconic Star Wars spacecraft were unveiled at its departure halls.

A life-sized X-wing sits at Terminal 3, while a scale model of the TIE Fighter - about 80 per cent of the actual size - stands tall at Terminal 2. Visitors can climb into the cockpit of the X-wing to take pictures.

To celebrate the launch, 30 fans dressed as Stormtroopers and Starfighter pilots staged a special show, marching in unison through the airport from T3 to T2 on the link bridge with such gusto that the bridge started swaying.

The event and display were part of the airport's year-end celebrations as well as to promote the highly anticipated new movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh instalment of the cult film series that will open in Singapore on Dec 17.

Hundreds of fans and travellers eagerly trailed the march of Stormtroopers and Starfighter pilots, vying for prime spots to take pictures with the exhibits, which will be in the public areas until Jan 5.

Secondary 3 student Nur Effa Syaqilla, 15, said excitedly: "I'm a huge Star Wars fan, so to see the displays up close like this is just amazing. I'm actually sweating from excitement."

Fans may also collect eight Star Wars plush toys exclusive to Changi Airport from Nov 17 to Dec 18. Each costs $6 when fans spend a minimum sum at the airport's businesses.

On Thursday, journalists were also treated to a preview of the Star Wars-themed All Nippon Airways plane, which is parked at Changi for two nights until Saturday. Singapore is the first Asian stop outside of Japan for this chartered flight from Tokyo.

There may be plans for the plane to make regular scheduled flights to Singapore in the future.

Passers-by were audibly delighted to catch sight of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, whose exterior is painted to look like droid R2-D2.

The interiors of the 215-seater are also decked out in the Star Wars theme, from the R2-D2-decorated paper cups and napkins that go with the meals served inflight, to the R2-D2 headrest covers. All six Star Wars movies already released will be available on board for viewing.

Tickets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will go on sale on cinema websites from 12.01am on Nov 17.

Tickets to the first screening of the movie in Singapore, to be held at Shaw Lido's Imax hall past midnight on Dec 17, will go on sale at Shaw House Urban Plaza (Level 1) in Orchard Road, from Monday at 9pm.

This first Imax 3D screening of the movie costs $180 for a package that includes two tickets on the day, two more tickets to another Imax screening of the movie on another date and two sets of limited-edition movie collectibles.