The special edition Jet2.com 757 will carry the official 75th anniversary logo on its fuselage as part of the airport’s celebrations, which include a programme of special events throughout July.
Jet2.com boss, Philip Meeson, Managing Director, Ian Doubtfire, and Newcastle Airport Chief Executive Dave Laws, gathered at the airport to unveil the commemorative aircraft which will now carry passengers from Newcastle across Europe and as far afield as North Africa.
Speaking about the occasion, Philip said: “This is a magnificent landmark in the airport’s history and we are delighted to be playing a significant role in the celebrations. The commemorative 757 really does look spectacular and I look forward to people from the North East taking advantage of our friendly low fares, great flight times and fantastic range of destinations on board soon!"
Jet2.com currently operates 19 destinations out of Newcastle including Majorca, Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey and Ibiza and has seen services grow by a third over the past 12 months. Earlier this month, the airline launched Newcastle’s first ever transatlantic flights to New York which will depart in December 2010, providing two seasonal shopping trips to the Big Apple for people in the region.
Meanwhile Ian Doubtfire, commented: “Newcastle is a hugely significant base for us and our operations here have grown considerably over the past year. The launch of our special Christmas New York Christmas flights was a great milestone for both the region and the airport and is extremely fitting for its anniversary year."
Dave Laws added: “The commemorative 757 looks excellent and is a really fitting addition to our anniversary celebrations. The support from Jet2.com has been fantastic over the past 12 months and the increase in services from the base and brand new destinations have ensured we can offer people in and around the region even more choice, in what is a landmark year for us."
Newcastle Airport will mark its anniversary on 26th July 2010 with a number of special events and the launch of a book celebrating its rich history. Furthermore, Jet2.com boss Mr Meeson will be supplying his vintage 1945 passenger aircraft, a DH Rapide, to open proceedings. The aircraft, which used to fly out of Newcastle, will re-enact the airport’s opening 75 years ago. Airport Chiefs have also organised a special exhibition of archive film, photography and memorabilia at Newcastle City Library and other centres over the summer months.