AirTran this week unveiled a custom plane painted with throwback Milwaukee Brewers logos and colors to honor the club’s 40th anniversary and the airline’s partnership with the team.
Brewers One is the fifth in a series of custom-painted AirTran aircraft and the first affiliated with a Major League Baseball team. In 2009, AirTran Airways unveiled Falcons One in Atlanta, Ravens One in Baltimore, Colts One in Indianapolis and Magic One in Orlando to honor the airline’s partnerships with those teams. AirTran is very visible at Miller Park, with it’s “Landing Zone” in right field, a party area that sits on what used to be the outfield warning track.
“We’re proud to debut Brewers One in Milwaukee today,” Bob Fornaro, AirTran Airways’ chairman, president and chief executive officer said in a statement on Monday. “AirTran Airways greatly values our partnership with the Brewers and we can think of no better way of displaying that pride than on the side of one of our planes.”
Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers, Brewers executives and club mascots were all on hand as the aircraft made it’s official debut at General Mitchell International Airport on Monday morning. Kids from the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee pulled the 120,000 lb. aircraft 20 feet at the premiere event to earn $50,000 for their summer sports program.
“AirTran Airways has been a tremendous partner and we are thrilled to have our logos flying side-by-side on this terrific airplane,” said Rick Schlesinger, Milwaukee Brewers’ executive vice president, business operations. “We are looking forward to Brewers One representing our organization as it takes off into action.”
Here are some more photos from the event, courtesy of AirTran: