JetBlue Airways, the official airline sponsor of the Boston Red Sox, has unveiled a Red Sox-themed paint scheme on an Airbus A320 in a ceremony at Boston Logan International Airport.
The specially painted Airbus A320, which is registered N605JB, traded its usual blue branding for a gray paint scheme inspired by the Red Sox road uniforms and complete with blue wing tips and a gray tail featuring the team’s dangling red socks. The aircraft also includes a banner commemorating Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary alongside the JetBlue Airways and Red Sox logos.
JetBlue Airways says the newly branded aircraft is the first aircraft officially to sport a Major League Baseball uniform. It was revealed by JetBlue Airways’ Senior Vice President of Marketing and Commercial Strategy Marty St. George, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, and Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino.
Also attending the unveiling ceremony were Red Sox EVP/COO Sam Kennedy, Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine, team mascot Wally the Green Monster, and hundreds of JetBlue employees.
“The start of baseball season is an exciting time for everyone in the City of Boston, and I am happy to see Boston’s largest air carrier joining in as we wish the Red Sox good luck this year,” said Mayor Menino.
“We are thrilled that JetBlue has honored our team with this specially painted Red Sox aircraft,” said Red Sox EVP/COO Sam Kennedy. “The tribute has added meaning for us this year as we prepare for spring training in our new ballpark, JetBlue Park, and as we celebrate Fenway Park’s centennial. JetBlue has been a great supporter of our team and brand, and we look forward to continuing to build on our partnership in the coming years, both in Boston and Fort Myers at our new Spring Training home.”
The aircraft entered service in its new colors on February 10, 2012, its first flight heading to Fort Myers in Florida. On entering the aircraft, customers on that maiden flight found gifts of Red Sox hats and jerseys on their seats.
JetBlue has been the official airline of the Boston Red Sox since 2008. Last year, the airline announced an eight-year extension as the team’s official airline and the official airline of Fenway Park. The centerpiece of the partnership is JetBlue Park, the team’s new spring training facility in Lee County, Florida, to be opened later this month.
The airline also announced the creation of a new program that will provide Spring Training game tickets to Lee County non-profit groups.
As part of the extension, JetBlue is also a Fenway Park Preservation Partner, making it one of a select group of organizations that will play a key role in helping the club celebrate its 100th anniversary of playing at Fenway Park, which opened on April 20, 1912.
The carrier also sponsors Lindos Suenos, the Red Sox’ youth volunteer exchange program in the Dominican Republic, which connects students from Boston and Santo Domingo on community-development projects and mentoring.
JetBlue Airways is the largest carrier at Boston Logan International Airport, serving 44 destinations with up to 100 daily flights.
Customers traveling through Boston from most destinations may also take advantage of convenient connecting service operated by JetBlue’s marketing partner, Cape Air, to fly onward to New England destinations that include Hyannis, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Provincetown in Massachusetts, and Rutland/Killington in Vermont.