CALGARY, Alberta - Mickey Mouse is helping WestJet's newest plane take flight around the world.
A custom-painted Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 series plane, featuring Mickey Mouse as Sorcerer Mickey, took to the skies for its inaugural flight Tuesday.
The aircraft is dubbed the "Magic Plane," and its first destination was where else but Orlando, Fla., home of the Walt Disney World Resort.
The new plane, WestJet officials said, is the result of a relationship the airline, WestJet Vacations and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts (Canada) developed in 2004.
"We are very proud of our work with Disney and everything we've done together over the years to enrich the lives of our guests," said Gregg Saretsky, WestJet president and CEO.
A team of 26 people, using 36 different colors, worked around-the-clock for 24 days to give the plane its new look in time for the inaugural flight.
"Bringing this vision to life has been a true collaboration between our companies and it's so exciting to see the final result -- the aircraft is absolutely beautiful," said Marlie Morrison, managing director, marketing & sales, The Walt Disney Company (Canada) Ltd.
Along with the new exterior, passengers aboard the plane will also enjoy a taste of Disney. Cookies served during each flight will be in the shape of Disney characters.
Following its inaugural flight to Orlando, the plane will be put into service throughout WestJet's network, which is made up of 55 domestic and international destinations.
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