Andrew Carswell, The Daily Telegraph, reports
A plane with some distinct kangaroo livery and the sweet, familiar sound of Aussie twang.
It just couldn't be a film about aviation without an Australian flavour. Or in this case, two.
Not only will Jessica Marais voice a role in the highly anticipated Disney animated film Planes, her character has been modelled on a Qantas plane - Rochelle, a confident and capable Australian plane who started running mail to small towns in Tasmania and now wants to race in the big league.
The character sits well with the former Packed To The Rafters actress - local star makes good on the world stage.
Qantas's unique involvement in the Disney film will also lead to a world first.
There will be no red carpet when the film premieres in Australia on September 7.
There won't even be a big screen. The Planes premiere will be held for 254 lucky passengers at 30,000 feet on a Qantas 767.
"We're thrilled to have an Australian aircraft as a Disney cartoon character in the upcoming movie and this will definitely appeal to our young passengers," Qantas spokeswoman Olivia Wirth said. "We'll be working with Disney on lots of activities around the film."