WestJet has unveiled a custom-painted, Disney-themed Boeing 737-800 featuring Mickey Mouse as Sorcerer Mickey.
Known to WestJet as the #MagicPlane, the theme-painted Boeing 737-800 will perform its inaugural commercial flight on December 3 from Calgary to Orlando, home of Walt Disney World Resort.
Following its inaugural flight, the #MagicPlane will fly throughout WestJet’s 88-city, 18-country domestic, transborder and international network.
Together with WestJet Vacations, WestJet first forged a relationship in 2004 with Walt Disney Parks & Resorts (Canada).
The two sides of the aircraft are mirror images of each other in all aspects but one. WestJet is keeping reticent about the only difference, leaving it to passengers to work out for themselves what that difference is.
There are 36 different paint colors on the aircraft and it took a team of 26 people 24 days working around the clock to paint the aircraft in its special livery.
The painting crew ‒ which consisted of people from four countries, five states, two provinces and 12 cities ‒ consumed more than 150 doughnuts over the 24 days.
According to WestJet, the cookies that will be served on board the aircraft will all be in the shape of Disney characters.
Over the next five years, the Disney-themed aircraft will fly more than 400,000 guests a total of nearly eight million kilometers, according to the airline.
On board the aircraft’s inaugural flight on December 3 will be 16 members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada from various cities across the country.
Along with club chaperones and WestJet volunteers, the group will travel to Orlando for three days at Walt Disney World Resort where they will participate in “pay-it-forward” charity activities, team-building and leadership training as well as experiencing the rides.
WestJet serves Orlando, home of Walt Disney World Resort, with a total of 39 flights per week during peak winter months from Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Hamilton, London, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Moncton and St. John’s in Newfoundland.