Aer Lingus has revealed its newly painted aircraft as part of its partnership with the Irish rugby team.
'Green Spirit', an Airbus A320, has been painted especially to highlight the airline's three-year promotion deal with the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), which will see i fly players, management and support staff around Europe as they compete in the RBS 6 Nations Championships and other high profile international tournaments.
Green Spirit went into service yesterday (11 May 2015) operating across the airline's short haul network to the UK and continental Europe.
"The livery in IRFU and player branding is a first for Aer Lingus and recognises the contribution sport makes to all our lives," said Stephen Kavanagh, chief executive at Aer Lingus.
"Green Spirit will join the Aer Lingus operation and will fly across Europe to some of the sixty destinations we serve. It will be seen by many and not only promotes Aer Lingus but will spread awareness of Irish rugby throughout the continent," he added.
The aircraft unveiling comes after Aer Lingus experienced a 5.2 per cent drop in passenger numbers for April but reported that its load factor was up for the month.