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Airline Unwraps Its ‘Frozen’ Aircraft

Friday, October 23, 2015

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Kids can get a little obsessed with their favorite Disney characters. And if your little Frozen fan finds out he or she can fly to Disney on a plane adorned with Elsa, Anna and Olaf, you might just end up booking a WestJet flight for a family vacation to Orlando.

A team of painters from three countries worked around the clock for 21 days to complete the Frozen-themed paint job.

The 19-year-old Canadian airline, which flies to Orlando about 43 times each week, according to Marketing magazine, recently collaborated with Walt Disney Parks & Resorts on its second custom-painted aircraft—this time with a Frozen theme. (The first, created two years ago, featured Sorcerer Mickey from the movie Fantasia.)

Creating the Magic

Over the course of 21 days, a team of painters from Canada, the U.S. and Germany worked together to breathe life into the characters and landscapes featured on the Frozen airplane.

Rotating crews of six worked 12-hour shifts so the job would go on 24/7.

The timelapse video above shares all of the prep and paint work that went into the aircraft’s makeover from standard paint job to custom Frozen livery.

Behind the Curtain

The scene, created from a combination of decals and custom paint work, transforms from an icy world at the tail to a beach scene at the nose. More than 170 gallons of paint were used to represent the story of the two sisters.

In addition to the 23 colors used to create the scene, “sparkles” were added to the paint on some sections of the plane to add shimmer and shine during flight, the company said. Olaf’s umbrella alone required five colors to bring it to life.

An airbrush artist was also used solely to add details around the sun, water and castle in the design.

Westjet
WestJet

More than 170 gallons of paint were used to transform the plane; 23 colors were used to illustrate the movie-inspired scene.

According to project manager Jack Brown of Leading Edge Aviation Services, the team had their vendor work from the design to create high-quality, high-definition graphics for application to the plane.

Working from a blueprint, the decals were fit together on the plane “like a puzzle” and finished with a clearcoat.

“When we get the opportunity to do a special livery, it just kind of puts us to the test and lets us shine and shows the paint company that we are,” he said.

   

Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Aviation; Coating Application; Coatings; Design; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; North America; Paint application

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