Jessica Marais, the voice of Rochelle, at the premiere of Planes.

Jessica Marais, the voice of Rochelle, at the premiere of Planes. Photo: Dallas Kilponen

Film premieres don't normally require photo ID, a trip through a metal detector, armed police in rescue fatigues and a safety demonstration - even if sometimes it would seem a good idea - but not every premiere is Planes on a plane.

On Saturday morning at Sydney Airport 254 guests gathered for a red carpet film premiere with a difference as Disney partnered with Qantas to conduct the first official Australian screening of Planes on a Boeing 767, mid-air.

It felt like you were really flying when you watched it," said 8-year-old Anneke Meyer whose favourite part was "when the Australian girl started kissing the Mexican guy. 

It may have been the happiest flight out of - and into - Mascot all day as children and adults alike all applauded take off before sitting in captivated silence for the 89 minute film, initiated by a count down from ten before everyone pressed play on their Qantas branded iPads at once.

None was more excited than Captain Lisa Norman who before take off described this as "one if the most important days of my life."

Captain Norman specifically requested the opportunity to pilot this "very special" Qantas Flight 6620 as she felt a unique bond to the film's hero Dusty.

"I really resonated with the character," she said prior to take off. "I wanted to be a Qantas international air captain and when I first started at 18 or 19, people were saying you're aiming too high and you're a girl."

Having achieved that goal at 34 she only has one thing more in common with Dusty.

"I'm scared of heights as well," she admitted.

While the self-described "mad Disney Pixar fan" was one of the few unable to watch the film during the flight - she was given an in-season pass - those who did included Joe Hockey, David Campbell, Merrick Watts, Michael Slater, Danielle Spencer along with their various children.

The junior audience members made up approximately half of the passengers on board and this was a rare flight where the prospect of a child in the seat next to you brought a smile not a grimace.

And the kids were all smiling after their flight taxied out through a fire truck vanguard, before they watched a story above the world of Cars shown on a three hour joyride above Newcastle, Coffs Harbour, Brisbane and the Hunter Valley and Sydney Harbour.

"It felt like you were really flying when you watched it," said 8-year-old  Anneke Meyer whose favourite part was "when the Australian girl started kissing the Mexican guy."

That will come as good news for Packed to the Rafters star Jessica Marais who provided the voice for the Australian localised version of Rochelle the amorous plane in question.

"It's better than the normal red carpet hum-drum" she laughed on the red carpet. While stars often walk in the front and straight out the back of premieres Marais will be literally locked in for the whole screening with children on board to provide a very honest appraisal of the film.

"If they're running up and down the aisles we know we'll know we've lost them!"

It was all smiles though. Nine-year-old sisters Alyssa and Kate El Bahou gave the film a hearty thumbs up.

"It was really, really great," said Kate.

"It was awesome. I liked when Dusty helped Bulldog," added Alyssa.

Hockey, who was having spending a more relaxed Saturday than the one previous, said the film was "great, so clever," as his son Ignatius slept soundly next to him through the landing.

Disney proudly proclaimed that this was the world’s first movie premiere event held at 30,000ft, and their attention to detail for the event ranged from extensive research to back that claim through to Planes branded hand wash in the otherwise industrial bathrooms at Hangar 96.

Earlier it had seemed the spectacle of the hangar itself might eclipse the film as the guests got into the spirit of the event, with kids playing on a Cars themed jumping castle and adults resting in an ad-hoc first class lounge laid out in the middle of the hangar.

While an inflatable slide isn't normally something you want associated with your Qantas flight, nor is extra attention from the Australian Federal Police's detector dog or the Air Services Australia fire truck, this was no ordinary flight and it provided ample distraction for the younger guests waiting for the screening to take off.

For the older guests, those not playing at big kids, Qantas unveiled their B767 with its new Disney Planes decal - the largest decal to ever feature on a Qantas aircraft. Larger than the decal set for the Sydney Olympics, this plane's illustration is only dwarfed by the indigenous artwork that was handpainted onto another Qantas plane.