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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey cast take flight on Air New Zealand

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The cast and crew of The Hobbit have jetted into New Zealand for the world premiere of Peter Jackson's fantasy movie.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first in three new movies based on JRR Tolkien's classic novel, will be unveiled on November 28 at Wellington's Embassy Theatre.
Jackson and the film's team took to the skies in a special Hobbit-themed 777-300 ahead of the red carpet event. Air New Zealand has been rebranded "the airline of Middle-earth" to tie in with An Unexpected Journey's cinema release on December 13.

Alongside Jackson and filmmakers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Elijah Wood, Aidan Turner and Sylvester McCoy were among the passengers on board.

To add to the plane's Middle-earth feel, cabin crew are also decked out in authentic costumes and props from The Hobbit's Weta workshop.

"It's astonishing. Beautiful isn't it?" McCoy said. "Even inside it's beautiful, but outside it's full of dwarfs! People were thanking us for coming back. How can you thank us for coming back to such a marvellous place? You want to come back, don't you?"

Watch the cast and crew of The Hobbit discuss their Air New Zealand flight below:

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