WestJet to repaint iconic Boeing 737s with illustrations of Disney characters that have been part of the fleet for almost 10 years
Canadian airline WestJet has announced that it will discontinue the use of Disney imagery on two of its Boeing 737-800 aircraft, thus ending its partnership with the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. These uniquely designed aircraft featuring magical themes became iconic symbols of the airline's fleet approximately 10 years ago.
These planes, particularly beloved in Calgary and among Canadians, will undergo repainting in 2024 and will adopt a standard appearance similar to other models in the WestJet fleet, according to CTV News.
Despite the removal of the Disney theme, the Boeing 737-800 aircraft will continue to operate regular commercial flights.
The decision to update the co-branded liveries is attributed to the natural expiration of contracts with Disney Parks & Resorts, as explained by the airline's representatives.
In 2013, WestJet introduced the first special paint scheme on a C-GWSZ 737-800 aircraft, affectionately named the "Magic Airplane." The tail featured Mickey Mouse in the role of the wizard from the 1940 movie Fantasia.
Another design showcased characters from the fantasy film Frozen in 2015. Princess Anna was depicted behind her sister, Queen Elsa, who was using her icy powers to sunbathe Olaf the snowman on the beach.