Norwegian, the international carrier that was named Airline of the Year at the 2017 CAPA Aviation Awards, announced its fourth American tailfin hero, Babe Ruth, the company said.
Ruth´s likeness is adorned on the tail of Norwegian´s twentieth Boeing 787 aircraft, which will take flight in a few days.
George Herman Ruth, Jr., one of the most famous American baseball players, was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1895. At the age of seven, Ruth was sent to a Catholic reform school, and it was there that he developed a passion for baseball. Ruth was offered a spot on the Baltimore Orioles after owner Jack Dunn took notice of him in high school and signed him to the team in 1914. While playing with the Orioles, Ruth, 19, was referred to as “Jack´s newest babe,” by fellow players — a name by which he would be known for the remainder of his career.
Since its founding, Norwegian has celebrated iconic and historical figures on the tails of its aircraft. Each of these people share Norwegian´s spirit of pushing boundaries, inspiring others and challenging the status quo. Previously announced American tailfin heroes include Clara Barton, Sojourner Truth and Benjamin Franklin. The airline recently took delivery of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner featuring Babe Ruth, the twelfth aircraft of its type in Norwegian´s ever-growing fleet. The airline now offers 64 routes from the U.S; 58 of which are transatlantic routes from 15 US airports to Denmark, France, Ireland, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom and six routes to the French Caribbean.
Norwegian is the world´s sixth largest low-cost airline and carried 30 million passengers in 2016. The airline operates more than 500 routes to more than 150 destinations in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Thailand, Caribbean and the US Norwegian has a fleet of more than 130 aircraft, with an average age of 3.6 years, making it one of the world´s youngest fleets. For more information on Norwegian and its network, visit norwegian.com.