Spring training has not started, but JetBlue Airways is taking the Red Sox to the skies with a custom Red Sox-branded Airbus A320 at Logan International Airport in Boston.
The aircraft, inspired by the team’s uniform, features blue wing tips and a gray tail that depicts the team’s dangling red socks. The plane, which enters service today with a flight to Fort Myers, Fla. - where the team trains - also sports a banner commemorating Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary.
A photo of the plane, the first to sport a Major League Baseball uniform, was not available yesterday. JetBlue, the largest carrier at Logan, is the official Red Sox airline sponsor.
“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,’’ Red Sox chief operating officer Sam Kennedy said.
It isn’t the first time airlines have tried to capitalize on the Red Sox brand. In 2005, Delta Air Lines Inc.’s Song affiliate rechristened a Boeing 757 “Big Papi’’ after Red Sox slugger David Ortiz.