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Want to fly to Wakanda? Atlanta airport offers a flight

Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER Talon Fighter over Wakanda Ph: Film Frame ©Marvel Studios 2018
Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER Talon Fighter over Wakanda Ph: Film Frame ©Marvel Studios 2018
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SALT LAKE CITY — The Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is now offering flights to Wakanda, the fictional African nation from the recent Hollywood hit “Black Panther.”

The flights aren’t real, of course.

The airport tweeted out an image of the Wakanda gate, a nod to fans who have seen the latest film.

The tweet received 14,931 retweets and more than 33,000 likes in three days.

The airport similarly joked that in-flight entertainment on all flights would be focused on Wakanda themes after Lupita Nyong’o, who stars in “Black Panther,” tweeted out the airport's joke, as well.

"Apart from La Femme Nakita, what else is on the in-flight entertainment? T’Challa’s Angels, M’Baku To The Future, Shuri’s Gotta Have It, Killmonger Bill, W’Kabi In The Woods...?" she asked.

The airport responded, "Of course. Plus, Coming to Wakanda."

The airport added, "We've gotta have some music on the in-flight entertainment too. Now streaming: Killmonger Me Softly, T'Challa Back Girl, M'Baku That Thang Up, Straight Outta Wakanda, N'Jadaka Said Knock You Out."

Forest Whitaker, who plays the royal advisor Zuri in the film, is already on his way to the fictional nation, too.

"En route to Wakanda ."

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms also joined in on the joke.

"Of course the world’s busiest and most efficient airport flies direct to #Wakanda. It is ATL!" she tweeted.

Andrew Gobeil, deputy director of the Office of Policy and Communications at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, told Mic in an email interview that the airport was inspired by a video in which Atlanta-based chef Darius Williams booked a fake flight to Wakanda.

“Black Panther” debuted to $242 million at the box office over President’s Day weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film had already surpassed “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which earned $241.6 million at the box office.

The film is currently the biggest opening for a film with a black director, THR reported. It also currently holds the highest Rotten Tomatoes score of all Marvel films.