It is a truth universally acknowledged that an author who is greatly beloved must be in need of a Dreamliner.
Norwegian’s latest British tail fin hero, Jane Austen, has finally taken-off and will fly on long-haul routes from London Gatwick Airport to including the airline’s 12 nonstop routes to the USA and flights to Singapore and Buenos Aires.
For a woman who spent her too-short yet prolific life in Hampshire, getting to see the whole of the world like this must be a treat. Then again, Jane Austen, as one of the world’s greatest authors, revealed the truth of the human condition and the complexities of love without having to venture very far. I like to imagine what she might have written after watching how strangers interact on a plane. Her sharp wit would have been exercised on many matters, including the etiquette of reclining seats.
Austen becomes Norwegian’s eighth UK tail fin hero, following 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 the explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Norwegian’s Chief Commercial Officer Thomas Ramdahl said of Austen’s plane:
“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 honor to have one of the greatest authors of all time adorn our aircraft.”
It was, indeed, a very sensible choice.