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Toy Story-themed plane to fly China Eastern Airlines route to Shanghai

Disney fans are now able to fly alongside Buzz Lightyear himself after the launch of a Toy Story-themed aircraft.

China Eastern Airlines has transformed one of its planes, with the exterior featuring a huge mural of the most well-known characters, Buzz Lightyear and Woody.

On board, bright blue seats also feature pictures of the characters as do the overhead lockers, while the aircraft also features specially designed food trays, menus and inflight entertainment.

While in the terminal passengers can pose with their favourite characters from the movie series and receive a special commemorative boarding pass.

The plane will fly on China Eastern Airlines’ route between Beijing and Shanghai to mark the opening of the new Toy Story Land at the Shanghai Disney Resort.

But it is hoped the aircraft will operate on other routes between Chinese cities in the future.

The new Toy Story-themed plane by China Eastern Airlines, pictured last week before its maiden flight from Shanghai to Beijing 

The new Toy Story-themed plane by China Eastern Airlines, pictured last week before its maiden flight from Shanghai to Beijing

The exterior of the aircraft is decorated in a huge mural, which features the most popular characters, Woody and Buzz Lightyear

The exterior of the aircraft is decorated in a huge mural, which features the most popular characters, Woody and Buzz Lightyear

The plane will fly on China Eastern Airlines' route between Beijing and Shanghai to mark the opening of the new Toy Story Land at the Shanghai Disney Resort

The plane will fly on China Eastern Airlines’ route between Beijing and Shanghai to mark the opening of the new Toy Story Land at the Shanghai Disney Resort

The cabin crew wait to welcome passengers on the maiden flight of the aircraft between Shanghai and Beijing. They wear Minnie Mouse ears to keep  the Disney theme going

The cabin crew wait to welcome passengers on the maiden flight of the aircraft between Shanghai and Beijing. They wear Minnie Mouse ears to keep the Disney theme going

The cabin is a bright and breezy affair, with seats that are decorated with various Toy Story characters

The cabin is a bright and breezy affair, with seats that are decorated with various Toy Story characters

Even in the more spacious business class cabin, the larger and more luxurious seats feature pictures of Toy Story's best-loved characters Even in the more spacious business class cabin, the larger and more luxurious seats feature pictures of Toy Story’s best-loved characters
Even the roof of the aircraft and the overhead lockers are adorned with pictures of the likes of Woody and Mr Potato Head 

Even the roof of the aircraft and the overhead lockers are adorned with pictures of the likes of Woody and Mr Potato Head

It's not just the decor that is Toy Story themed. Passengers also receive a special commemorative boarding pass based on the movie

It’s not just the decor that is Toy Story themed. Passengers also receive a special commemorative boarding pass based on the movie

One of the cabin crew wearing Minnie Mouse ears hands out newspapers on board. Currently the plane will only fly between Beijing and Shanghai 

One of the cabin crew wearing Minnie Mouse ears hands out newspapers on board. Currently the plane will only fly between Beijing and Shanghai

The Disney resort in Shanghai receives around 11 million visitors each year. A Toy Story Land is also being created at the Disney resort in Florida and will open later this year 

The Disney resort in Shanghai receives around 11 million visitors each year. A Toy Story Land is also being created at the Disney resort in Florida and will open later this year

Although the plane is only currently flying one route, it is hoped that in the future it will travel to other cities across China 

Although the plane is only currently flying one route, it is hoped that in the future it will travel to other cities across China

One Toy Story fans holds her Woody doll as she snaps a selfie while boarding the newly decorated plane at Shanghai airport 

One Toy Story fans holds her Woody doll as she snaps a selfie while boarding the newly decorated plane at Shanghai airport

It is not just on board the aircraft that passengers are immersed in the Disney experience. Even at check-in, pictures of the characters adorn the check in desks. And the staff wear Mickey Mouse ears

It is not just on board the aircraft that passengers are immersed in the Disney experience. Even at check-in, pictures of the characters adorn the check in desks. And the staff wear Mickey Mouse ears

Customer service agents for China Eastern Airlines wear Minnie and Mickey Mouse ears while checking in passengers at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport

Customer service agents for China Eastern Airlines wear Minnie and Mickey Mouse ears while checking in passengers at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport

One young passenger comes face to face with cardboard cut-outs of the Toy Story characters before he boards the plane 

One young passenger comes face to face with cardboard cut-outs of the Toy Story characters before he boards the plane

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