Norwegian names first American tailfin hero: Benjamin Franklin

Norwegian, a long-haul airline, has announced Benjamin Franklin as its first American tailfin hero, the company said.

The likeness of the inventor and statesman, who was often called the “first American” because of his tireless campaigning to unify the colonies, will adorn the airline´s newest Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

The new American hero is scheduled to make its maiden voyage from the Boeing Flight Center in Seattle to Oslo, Norway and shortly thereafter make its inaugural flight between Europe and the United States.

Since its founding, Norwegian has a time-honored tradition of celebrating iconic, historical figures on the tails of its aircraft. Each person who is featured on a tailfin embodies Norwegian´s spirit of pushing boundaries, inspiring others and challenging the status quo.

To commemorate Norwegian´s expansion in the United States, the airline will introduce a series of American icons over the next few months. Norwegian now offers 63 routes from the US There are 57 transatlantic routes from 15 US airports to Denmark, France, Ireland, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom and six routes to the French Caribbean.

Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts and relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in his late teens where he later started a successful printing business. Additionally, he was an inventor, statesman and a figure in American history. Franklin is best known as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and authors of the Declaration of Independence.

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 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.