Blue Hen goes airborne with Frontier

By Amy Cherry 12:33pm, June 26, 2013 - Updated 1:11pm, June 26, 2013
WDEL's Amy Cherry has the story.
The Blue Hen takes flight with Frontier.

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Frontier Airlines is best known for its low-cost fares and the animals on the tails of their planes.

Soon, the Blue Hen will join Frontier's fleet of animals.

"Delaware would the fly United States, everywhere it goes, a blue hen, so once we have the proposal we'd be happy to do our part," says Delaware Economic Development Director Alan Levin.

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Their part being paying the $25,000 it costs to paint Delaware's state bird on the plane.

"It's a lot of money, but it's a billboard that will fly everywhere, and so we think we can justify that," says Levin.

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University of Delaware President Pat Harker tells WDEL he didn't anything about the plans, but isn't against it.

"That'd be terrific to have a blue hen flying around since hens don't really fly, it'd be nice to have one on a plane," says Harker.

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The Blue Hen won't be on-board the first Frontier flight out of New Castle Airport bound for Chicago Monday morning.

"That was my hope that we could have been on the first flight, but it didn't work out that way," Levin says.

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Look for the Blue Hen sometime in the next month.

At Wednesday's ribbon-cutting, Frontier also announced it will add service to Fort Myers, Florida, beginning in November. Introductory fares are just $49.

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