Harvey Milk becomes the newest of Norwegian’s tail fin heroes

Harvey Milk has been revealed as Norwegian Air 's latest tail fin hero, as the budget carrier celebrates the life and work of the civil rights leader.

The American politician, who was one of the world's first openly gay elected officials, will be honoured with an image of his face on one of the airline's Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Other American icons to feature include Mark Twain, Benjamin Franklin and Babe Ruth – but there are also British stars such as Robert Burns, Bobby Moore and Jane Austen.

Norwegian has previously explained that its tail fin heroes project is all about "celebrating personalities who symbolise the spirit of Norwegian by pushing boundaries, challenging the norm and inspiring others".

It's not just the tail fin which will see Norwegian paying tribute to the icon.

In fact, the airline will also support the Harvey Milk Foundation ’s annual diversity and inclusion efforts and collaborate with the organisation on factors such as diversity and inclusion in its workforce.

Stuart Milk, nephew and co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation said: "We are proud to partner with Norwegian, having Uncle Harvey join the airline's forward-thinking Tail Fin Hero program that already includes change-makers like Sojourner Truth and Oscar Wilde.

"This is such a unique way to educate and celebrate those that have come before us, allowing for their legacies to live on. We look forward to seeing Harvey 'flying' into airports across the globe and continuing to spread his message of acceptance."

Bjorn Kjos, Chief Executive Officer at Norwegian added: "Norwegian was founded on the premise of bringing affordable fares for all. Our message of inclusion goes beyond just that of affordable fares, it is unifying customers, colleagues, and business partners from all over the world who share our vision of diversity.

"Like ours, Harvey Milk’s mission was reflective of a pioneering spirit. He demonstrated a tireless hunger to look past the differences of people and instead focus on bringing them together for the greater good.

"We can’t think of a better way to honour Harvey Milk’s bravery and courage than to dedicate a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to his legacy of equal rights – a tribute that will span the globe for years to come, reinforcing our joint commitment to making the world a smaller, friendlier and more inclusive place”.

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