Norwegian announced that Freddie Mercury will become its latest British ‘tail fin hero’, with the iconic singer’s portrait set to appear on two Norwegian aircraft later this year.
The first Freddie Mercury tail fin will take to the skies this summer, ahead of what would have been his 71st birthday this September.
Since Norwegian’s first aircraft took to the skies, the airline has always honoured iconic figures on the tails of its aircraft, using personalities who symbolise the spirit of Norwegian by pushing boundaries, challenging the norm and inspiring others.
To reflect Norwegian’s rapid growth in the UK, where it now flies 5 million UK passengers each year to more than 50 destinations, the airline is planning a series of British tail fin heroes. Freddie Mercury will become Norwegian’s fifth British tail fin hero, following the announcement of footballer Bobby Moore, children’s author Roald Dahl, pioneering pilot Amy Johnson and aviation maverick Sir Freddie Laker.
Freddie Mercury, born in 1946, went on to become a globally renowned singer and songwriter, best-known as thelead vocalistand co-principal songwriter of the rock bandQueen. As a singer that once remarked “I am not going to be a star. I am going to be a legend” Freddie Mercury perfectly captures the essence of Norwegian’s tailfin heroes, with his life and music inspiring generations of fans across the world. Along with being recognised as one of the greatest singers of all time, the public also voted Freddie Mercury into a BBC poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.
Norwegian’s Chief Commercial Officer Thomas Ramdahl said:
“As Norwegian continues its rapid 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. Freddie Mercury inspired generations of music fans around the globe and it is a huge honour to have one of the greatest singers of all time adorn our aircraft.”
The first Freddie Mercury tail fin will take to the skies this summer when it will adorn a Norwegian Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft with the second tail fin to appear on a Norwegian 737-800 aircraft later this year.