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Westjet Boeing 737-800 “Magic Plane” arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a dramatic Saturday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Westjet Boeing 737-800 “Magic Plane” arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) on a dramatic Saturday afternoon 2019. C-GWSZ, the 737-800 pictured above, was delivered to Westjet in February of 2010 in standard livery. Shortly thereafter in 2013, however, the Canadian carrier would bring a drastic overhaul to the aircraft’s appeal. Inspired by Walt Disney World, the “Magic Plane” is designed to tell a story along the fuselage in a linear fashion, from tail to cockpit. Showcasing Disney’s famous Mickey Mouse as “Sorcerer Mickey” on the vertical fin, a plethora of magical elements lead the observer to the Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World towards the nose of the aircraft. Interestingly, the Disney magic theme continues throughout the entire aircraft, externally and internally. Passengers receive a special cookie resembling a Disney character without consideration to their route, and the headrests of the cabin seats include a number of bright stars. A typical painting job for an aircraft of this size requires well under a week of time to complete. But since the entirety of Westjet’s 737 needed to be covered in their dazzling display, this painting job took a mind-boggling 24 days to wrap up with a team of 26 specialists working constantly. In addition, an incredible 36 unique colours were used to bring the art piece together, significantly more than would have been required for Westjet’s standard livery. Nonetheless, this is an exceedingly smart decision to woo passengers into flying with Westjet for their next visit to Walt Disney World in Florida. A very worthwhile month's investment to create this magical livery that brings a smile to everyone's face. What a pleasure it is to see such a magical approach to the often monotonous commercial aviation liveries. Psst, there's another Disney livery in Westjet's fleet... Enjoy!
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