A brand new Duffy and Friends themed airplane has joined the fleet of China Eastern Airlines. Named the Duffy•Friendship Express, this colorful, cheery aircraft is the fourth Disney-themed plane to become part of the China Eastern family.

The new Duffy•Friendship Express

The new Duffy•Friendship Express

What’s happening: 

The new Duffy•Friendship Express

The new Duffy•Friendship Express

  • Guests flew from Kunming in China’s southwest to Shanghai, following an exciting unveiling ceremony at the Kunming Changshui International Airport.
  • The new Duffy•Friendship Express marks the fourth Disney-themed aircraft to join China Eastern Airlines’ fleet as part of its partnership with Shanghai Disney Resort.
Leaders from Shanghai Disney Resort and China Eastern Airlines jointly unveiled the new Duffy•Friendship Express

Leaders from Shanghai Disney Resort and China Eastern Airlines jointly unveiled the new Duffy•Friendship Express

Leaders from both parties took group photos with the Duffy•Friendship Express

Leaders from both parties took group photos with the Duffy•Friendship Express

  • A series of Duffy-themed experiences both at the airport and in-flight were introduced alongside the Duffy•Friendship Express launch.
  • These magical surprises instantly captured the hearts of the special guests who then boarded the flight for its maiden journey to Shanghai.
  • Among the group of guests was the talented young actor Chen Xingxu, a loyal Duffy and Friends fan who maintains an expansive collection of Duffy-themed merchandise.

Actor Chen Xingxu attended the unveiling ceremony and the red carpet session

Actor Chen Xingxu attended the unveiling ceremony and the red carpet session

About the Duffy•Friendship Express 

  • The exterior design of the plane features Duffy and his friends on their way to another adventure.
  • From the moment passengers are handed a commemorative Duffy-themed boarding pass, their immersive and memorable Duffy experience begins.

Passengers started their immersive and memorable Duffy-themed flight experience

Passengers started their immersive and memorable Duffy-themed flight experience

  • Flight attendants wearing Duffy and Friends headbands provide a warm welcome to passengers as they step on board and discover the cute Duffy and Friends details throughout the plane.
  • Adorable Duffy and Friends images line the entire interior of the aircraft, from cushion covers to luggage containers – with images even on the cabin walls.

Cute, Duffy-themed surprise gifts for maiden flight passengers

Cute, Duffy-themed surprise gifts for maiden flight passengers

  • A new in-flight video helps passengers to get better acquainted with Duffy and his friends and fall even more in love with him and his heartwarming stories.
  • Passengers departing from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport will find Duffy-themed check-in counters and some guests will also experience a fun “Duffy shuttle bus” that transports them from the gate to the plane.

 

About Duffy:

  • Duffy the Disney Bear is a loveable, cuddly teddy bear that was hand sewn by Minnie Mouse and given to Mickey as a companion for his many ocean voyages.
  • Disney fans across China adore Duffy and his huggable group of fluffy friends:
    • ShellieMay
    • Gelatoni
    • StellaLou
  • The loveable team embarked on a joyful new journey as the newly decorated plane took off into the open skies.
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