Her Majesty Margareta, Custodian of the Romanian Crown, unveiled a brand new Boeing 737 bearing the name of King Ferdinand of Romania on Thursday. In addition, Prince Radu attended the ceremony hosted by Air Blue. The ceremony took place at the Otopeni International Airport and was also attended by the General Manager of Blue Air, Mr Marius Puiu, and the Commercial Director Mr Tudor Constantinescu.
After the ceremony, the Royals were given a guided tour inside the plane. In July 2018, another Blue Air Boeing 737 was named “Carol I”. Blue Jet, a Romanian airline company, is one of the companies which want to tell the world about Romania’s royal past.
The airline has stated: “We are very proud to use this plane to show our country, our communities of the Romanian people and take our history to all major European cities we fly to, this part of our valuable past along with the message of unity. We keep our promise to our origin, which continues to remind those who contributed to the establishment of our modern Romania and are still inspiring young generations with the pride of being Romanian”.
This is the second of a total of four planes that will have pictures of Romania’s monarchs. In addition to Carol I and Ferdinand, Carol II and Michael I of Romania will embellish the Blue Jet aeroplanes in the time to come.
His Majesty King Ferdinand I the Unifier, was King of Romania from 1914 until 1927. Although a member of Germany’s ruling Hohenzollern imperial family, Ferdinand sided against the Central Powers in World War I. During his reign, Romania gained much territory following the First World War including Bessarabia, Bukovina and Transylvania, and Ferdinand was crowned king of ‘Greater Romania’ in a grand ceremony in 1922. He died of cancer in 1927.
Blue Air is a Romanian airline headquartered in Bucharest. Since 2016, it has become the largest Romanian airline by scheduled passengers flown. Blue Air flies to 104 destinations.