Wales votes to name CityJet plane after Owain GlyndŵrPosted: April 11, 2014
The Welsh public has voted to name the new CityJet aircraft after Owain Glyndŵr in a social media poll shortlisting six iconic Welsh figures.
Around 1,000 people voted for their ultimate Welsh hero but the former Prince of Wales came out on top as public favourite over Dylan Thomas, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, Gareth Edwards, Simon Weston OBE and Saint David.
Owain Glyndŵr is a bastion of Welsh patriotism and is renowned for his fierce revolt against the English rule of Wales in the early 15th century. Although the revolt was ultimately unsuccessful, Glyndŵr was the last native Welshman to claim the title of independent Prince of Wales and is seen as the ‘Welsh King Arthur’.
The naming of the new aircraft comes in time for the first flight on the new CityJet route to Jersey out of Cardiff Airport, which departs on the 17th April. There will be five flights to Jersey every week, priced from £61 one way and £99 return.
Jon Horne, Chief Executive of Cardiff Airport, said “By naming the aircraft after the public’s favourite Welsh icon it will be recognised, wherever it travels, as one which serves the people of Wales. I believe the opportunity provided by CityJet for the Welsh Public to name their aircraft shows how keen they are to serve Wales.”
Christine Ourmières, CityJet’s Chief Executive Officer, said “We were pleased with the enthusiasm shown by the Welsh public to name our new aircraft and we would like to thank everyone who voted. We hope that it will serve as a beacon of our commitment to Cardiff and the wider Welsh community.
“The aircraft will be frequenting our routes from Cardiff Airport to Paris, Glasgow and Edinburgh as well as making its first passenger flight for our new Jersey route.”
CityJet began flying out of Cardiff Airport in January with routes to Paris-Orly and Glasgow. In addition to the launch of Jersey, the summer schedule, has seen the introduction of three daily flights to Edinburgh and a third daily flight added to the Glasgow route on Thursdays and Fridays. Paris-Orly is served every day of the week.
Lowest fares are available now and bookable online at www.cityjet.com.