Twain a tailfin hero

The American author joins Norwegian’s fleet of famous faces

Mark Twain

Photo courtesy of Norwegian Air Shuttle
Mark Twain’s image now adorns two of Norwegian’s aircraft.

Norwegian Air Shuttle

America’s beloved literary icon, Mark Twain, is the latest hero to join Norwegian’s growing roster of historic figures showcased on its tailfins. Renowned worldwide for his novels including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain’s literary works remain timeless classics still enjoyed today.

Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835, he took on the pseudonym Mark Twain during his time as a river pilot, which is a river term for “it’s safe to navigate.” Twain established himself as writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer in his lifetime and was an avid world traveler. He joins recently spotlighted American tailfin heroes including Babe Ruth, Clara Barton, Sojourner Truth, and Benjamin Franklin. Each of these figures share Norwegian’s vision of pushing boundaries, inspiring others, and challenging the status quo.

“Mark Twain’s legacy and his body of work embody the spirit of curiosity, change, and adventure. We selected him as the next American tailfin hero to honor as we continue to inspire wanderlust for the everyday person with our accessible fares and modern aircraft,” said Matthew Wood, senior vice president long-haul commercial.

Mark Twain’s image is currently featured on a Boeing 737-MAX 8 and a new 787-9 Dreamliner—both flying from the United States to Europe and beyond.

Since its founding, Norwegian has celebrated iconic and historical figures on the tails of its aircraft, now a recognized industry signature. Norwegian is the fastest-growing foreign airline in the United States, operating from 17 U.S. airports and currently offering more than 50 nonstop routes to Europe, as well as four routes to Guadeloupe and Martinique in the French Caribbean, and three routes out of Canada.

This article originally appeared in the December 14, 2018, issue of The Norwegian American. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.

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