The airplane is one of the many vehicles to appear in the series, most prominently in Total Drama Island. A different plane is seen during Total Drama Action in one episode. It is replaced by another plane in Total Drama World Tour, but makes a brief cameo appearance in Aftermath Aftermayhem. It goes on to have a major role in Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race, as one of the main forms of transportation for the contestants to get from country to country.
The airplane seen in the first season is a yellow, single-propeller plane with red stripes running along its sides. It is very poorly maintained as it is covered in dents, grease stains, and there are rust stains all over it. One of the wheels is missing and it has been replaced by a ski and its wings are kept in place by duct tape. However, despite Chris's cheapness, it stays functional until it crashes in Total Drama, Drama, Drama, Drama Island.
The plane is first seen in Phobia Factor, when Owen and Izzy have to ride in it to conquer their fear of flying. The plane is piloted by Chef, who is dressed up as a female flight attendant. He pilots the plane wildly, performing loops and even flying upside-down. Despite this and the fact that the tape on the plane is falling off, both Gophers manage to conquer their fears, earning their team two points. The plane's wings fall off the body shortly after the plane lands.
In X-Treme Torture, the plane is first seen in this episode when Chris flies it low over the campgrounds, using the loud roar of its engine to rudely wake up all of the campers. It is also used when DJ and Trent have to jump out of it and skydive down to their respective targets on the beach below. Although Chris is still inside the plane with them, Chef is the pilot this time. Thus, this is the only time in which the plane has two different pilots in the same episode.
In Wawanakwa Gone Wild!, Izzy shoots a tranquilizer gun at the plane, hitting its left wing, which causes it to jerk and sputter a thin stream of smoke pluming from it, before it dips down and crashes off-screen. It is unknown who piloted the plane, as Chris was back at the campgrounds and Chef had been tranquilized by Izzy earlier.
In Total Drama, Drama, Drama, Drama Island, despite supposedly being destroyed in a previous episode, it is seen one last time in Total Drama, Drama, Drama, Drama Island. Justin is flying it after he convinces Chef to give him the keys to the plane by offering an autographed picture of himself. After this, Justin jumps out and parachutes down to Lindsay, Beth, and Ezekiel, who has the million dollar case at the time. Once he does this, the plane spirals out of control, in the process crashing through the support beams for the high diving board over the green jelly pool. At the time, Geoff, Bridgette, Katie, Sadie, Leshawna, Courtney, Cody, DJ, Tyler, and Owen are all crowded on it. This causes the diving board to fall off and, subsequently, set off a chain of events that result in five of them qualifying for Total Drama Action, whereas the other five do not. After smashing through the support beams, it continues on and flies right into the woods. The plane is supposedly destroyed for good after this, as it is never seen again in Total Drama.
In Full Metal Drama, a plane that resembles a silver World War I aircraft is used for the challenge. Chris throws out their parachutes, since there were none in World War I. The contestants are forced to jump out of this plane to reenact a World War I scenario. However, once all of them fall out of the plane, they realize it never took off in the first place, and is just a prop inside the studio lot.
A cargo plane known as the Total Drama Jumbo Jet serves as the primary setting for the contestants. It transports the contestants around the world from one location to another and is piloted by Chef Hatchet, until it is ultimately destroyed in a massive explosion caused by Sierra in Awwwwww, Drumheller. However, the yellow airplane from the first season does make one brief appearance about halfway through the season.
In Aftermath Aftermayhem, in a flashback, Blaineley is seen throwing a sack over Bridgette's head and stuffing her in a yellow plane that resembles the one from Total Drama Island. She closes the door and sends her off on a "tour around the world" in order to get rid of her.
Airplanes appear in nearly every episode and play a prominent role in The Ridonculous Race, which the contestants use to travel between countries. Several planes share some resemblance to the Total Drama Jumbo Jet on the outside and in terms of size. Sometimes, the planes are stylized.
- All three of the first three seasons featured some sort of a different airplane:
- In Total Drama Island, a small, beaten-up yellow plane appears for the challenges in Phobia Factor and X-Treme Torture. However, it reappears in Wawanakwa Gone Wild! and Aftermath Aftermayhem.
- In Total Drama Action, a large black airplane was used for the challenge in Full Metal Drama, although it was later proven to be a fake prop for the set.
- In Total Drama World Tour, contestants traveled around the world with the Total Drama Jumbo Jet.
- Justin, Chris, DJ, Izzy, and Chef are currently the only characters who have been seen piloting a plane.
- The yellow airplane appears briefly in the game Flight Simmerator as one of the many obstacles that the Total Drama Jumbo Jet may crash into.
- The yellow plane is based on a Piper Cub.