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JetBlue unveils Red Sox-themed plane

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  February 10, 2012 10:54 AM

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JetBlue Airways - the official airline of the Boston Red Sox - unveiled the latest addition to its fleet today, a custom Red Sox-themed plane that will fly out of Logan Airport.

"There is a lot of excitement around the Red Sox camp as they prepare for what will surely be another great year in baseball. As the largest carrier in Boston, we're grateful to be a part of the electric energy to have their colors soaring the skies and runways of Boston's Logan," JetBlue's senior vice-president of marketing and commercial strategy Marty St. George said in a statement. "We're proud of our partnership extension agreement signed last year, and have a lot of very exciting things coming up like JetBlue Park in Fort Myers opening later this month. More than a partnership, this is quickly becoming a great friendship that we trust will last for many years to come and bring much joy to Boston fans and our customers in the New England region."

JetBlue also has the naming rights to Boston's new spring training facility in Fort Myers, Fla.

"We are thrilled that JetBlue has honored our team with this specially painted Red Sox aircraft," Red Sox COO Sam Kennedy said. "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 Airbus A320 traded signature blue branding for a gray paint scheme inspired by Red Sox road uniforms and features dangling red socks. The aircraft also includes a banner commemorating Fenway Park's 100th anniversary. The jet officially entered service today with its first flight heading to Fort Myers. Customers on that flight found Red Sox hats and jerseys waiting for them on their seats.

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