Canadian-based airline WestJet recently unveiled its newest collaboration with Disney: a Frozen-themed airplane. WestJetters and Disney Artists and Cast Members collaborated to design the aircraft.
While the design was inspired by Walt Disney World, it will operate flights throughout their 737 network, not just to Orlando, so it could be coming to an airport near you. Keeping with its Disney theme guests will be able to enjoy a selection of on-demand Disney videos as part of their inflight experience, duh.
According to WestJet, the plane was painted in Fort Worth, Texas. After about a year of planning, the job took 21 days of 12-hour rotations involving a constant crew of six painters working 24/7, that’s approximately 252 hours of non-stop painting! The crew used 643.5 litres of paint consisting of 23 colors — five for Olaf’s umbrella alone!
The paint team included team members from Canada, the United States and Germany and of course they had to watch Frozen to get them into the spirit before work began.
The inside of the aircraft has decals and headrest covers that mimic the cold-to-warm (back-to-front) theme on the outside of the aircraft.
There are 54 separate overhead bin doors on the aircraft and each has a unique Frozen decal. And a little fun fact: several dozen bagels were consumed during the painting of this aircraft (there weren’t any donut stores nearby) and the crew drank more than 100 liters of sweet tea.
This is the second collaboration between WestJet and Disney, the first being the Magic-themed plane unveiled in December 2013.