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Wed, 15 August 2018

Jane Austen Takes Flight as Norwegian’s Eighth UK Tail Fin Hero

British author Jane Austen has taken to the skies as her portrait adorns the tail fin of a Norwegian Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

The world-renowned author inspired generations with her best-known works including Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice and Emma.

The Jane Austen aircraft operates Norwegian’s long-haul routes from London Gatwick including the airline’s 12 nonstop routes to the USA and flights to Singapore and Buenos Aires.

British author Jane Austen has taken to the skies as her portrait adorns the tail fin of a Norwegian Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. The world-renowned author inspired generations with her best-known works including Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice and Emma. Photo: Atle Straume. Click to enlarge.

Since Norwegian’s first aircraft took to the skies, the airline has always honoured iconic figures on the tails of its aircraft.

To reflect Norwegian’s rapid growth in the UK, where it now flies 5.8 million UK passengers each year to more than 50 destinations, the airline has launched a series of UK tail fin heroes.

 Jane Austen is Norwegian’s eighth UK tail fin hero following the announcement of children’s author Roald Dahl, footballer Bobby Moore, pioneering pilot Amy Johnson, rock legend Freddie Mercury, aviation maverick Sir Freddie Laker, poet Robert Burns and explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Jane Austen, one of the world's most famous authors, born on 16 December 1775, spent most of her life in the historic and beautiful county of Hampshire, England. Its houses, countryside and people provided the inspiration for many of her novels. It was during her time in the quiet village of Chawton that she wrote and revised six of her most famous novels - Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice and Northanger Abbey, and wrote Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion. It wasn’t until 1810 that her first novel Sense & Sensibility was accepted for publishing by Thomas Egerton.

Norwegian’s Chief Commercial Officer, Thomas Ramdahl, said, “As Norwegian continues its expansion in the UK, our ‘tail fin heroes’ offer us a perfect chance to pay tribute to some of the greatest Britons of all time. Jane Austen has inspired generations and it is a huge honour to have one of the greatest authors of all time adorn our aircraft.”

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