China Eastern Airlines launches new Disney-themed airplane

On the eve of the conference, when the “Duffy Lianmeng” slowly pulled out from the hangar to the designated parking space, Kunming Changshui International Airport also held a grand watergate ceremony for the new painting machine to celebrate its Debuted for the first time. (Photo: Sohu)

SHANGHAI (Xinhua) -- A new aircraft depicting Duffy and Friends made its maiden flight Monday in celebration of the upcoming Duffy Month, scheduled in September at Shanghai Disney Resort.

The new airplane marks the fourth Disney-themed aircraft to join the company's fleet as part of its partnership with Shanghai Disney Resort, following the Disney Pixar Toy Story Land themed Toy Story Happy Holiday Express, which was launched last spring.

Created in Tokyo DisneySea, Duffy the Disney Bear is a loveable and cuddly teddy bear that was hand-sewn by Minnie Mouse and given to Mickey as a companion for his many ocean voyages.

A series of Duffy-themed events both at the airport and in-flight were also introduced.

The images of Duffy and his friends can be seen everywhere from cushion covers to luggage containers. A new in-flight video will also help the passengers to learn more about the cartoon characters.

Passengers departing from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport will be able to experience Duffy-themed check-in counters and shuttle buses.

The Duffy and Friends themed airplane is mainly for domestic routes, according to Shanghai Disney Resort.