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Alaska Airlines debuts Pixar Pier themed plane

You’ve got a friend in the sky. From the iconic Toy Story clouds of Andy’s Room to the familiar faces of the Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Jessie of the Toy Story gang, fans of Pixar’s Toy Story movies will want to ride this newly painted Alaska Airlines plane right to Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure.

For more fun, one of the Aliens from the popular animated movie series can be spotted on both winglets, and even Rex the Tyrannosaurus makes a special appearance at the boarding door.

“There’s nothing better than landing happy on the way to The Happiest Place on Earth,” said Natalie Bowman, Alaska Airlines’ managing director of brand marketing and advertising. “The Disneyland Resort is one of our signature West Coast friendships, and we love that we can celebrate Pixar Pier by taking these iconic characters on a brand-new adventure.”

The unique design is a collaboration between the teams at Alaska, Disney, and Pixar. The Pixar Pier-themed 737-800, tail number N537AS, has already begun flying throughout Alaska’s route network with plans to welcoming guests with its artistic flair for many years to come.

To get the job done, the exterior of the plane required more than 2,800 work hours over 24 days using more than 50 gallons of paint — in 44 primary colors and custom shades — to completely repaint the aircraft with the vibrant new livery.

Enjoy a fun behind the scenes video of the livery here:

The plane is named “Friendship and Beyond at Disneyland Resort.”

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“We celebrate friendship and beyond every day in Pixar Pier at the Disneyland Resort,” said Lynn Clark, Disneyland Resort vice president of sales and services. “Now, thanks to our great friends at Alaska Airlines, our guests are immersed in the celebration even before they arrive.”

This is the sixth painted plane from Alaska Airlines celebrating the Disneyland Resort