If you have heard this song belted by a princess in your house, you probably a proud parent of a daughter under 10 years old. Frozen is THE kids movie of decade. It was only a matter of time before an airline capitalized on the success of the movie. Enter WestJet Airlines. They are the official Canadian airline of Walt Disney World in Florida. WestJet recently unveiled a new Frozen themed aircraft to celebrate the partnership.
Painting the Jet
The Frozen jet was originally a stock WestJet 737-800 that was repainted into the Disney motif. It took over 170 gallons of paint and 21 days working non-stop to turn their ho-hum aircraft into a fantasy bird. The paint scheme features 23 colors and even has a sparkling overcoat so that the jet uniquely shines in the sunlight. The paint scheme is designed to tell a story. According to WestJet, “on the tail of our aircraft, sisters Anna and Elsa celebrate sisterhood and the magic of snow. From the aircraft tail along the fuselage, the magic travels to warm the front of the aircraft where Olaf can be found enjoying a summer day on the beach.” WestJet put together a time lapse showing how the Frozen 737 aircraft was painstakingly painted.
Unveiling the Frozen Bird
On October 18, 2015, WestJet unveiled the aircraft in a spectacular fashion. The airline invited hundreds of children to the unveiling celebration held at a hangar in Toronto, Ontario. The ceremony featured none other than Elsa, Olaf, and Anna characters in full costume. To the amazement of the assembled crowd, Anna danced as the curtain fell to unveil a magical paint scheme. Inside the 737-800, the cabin was fitted with a special Frozen themed leather seating that featured darker winter-like colors in the back (very Canadian) transitioning to brighter summer themed seats and overhead bins in the front.
Air to Air With The Frozen Jet
Shortly after the unveiling of the newly painted aircraft, WestJet also shot air-to-air footage of the aircraft near Calgary. With split-scimitar winglets and a shiny exterior, the 737-800 looks amazing. You can see the video here:
Bonus! Behind The Scenes
As an added bonus for avgeeks, we stumbled upon footage on YouTube (beautifully shot by dude8472productions) that captures the WolfAir Learjet 25 conducting a flyby of the Frozen WestJet 737-800 departs on runway 17L at Calgary. The video later shows the 737 executing a touch and go on the same runway as the Lear 25 flies by at a higher speed “well to the left of 17L”.