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FLYING HIGH: Late and great flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia receives new honour

NORWEGIAN, the low cost airline, will dedicate two of their aircraft to one of the greatest flamenco guitarists of all time, the late Paco de Lucia.

His image will appear on the tail plane of two aircraft, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner used on long haul routes and a Boeing 737-8 for short and medium length routes.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is being assembled right now at the Boeing factory in Seattle and will be delivered to the company in mid-February at which time the image of the guitarist will be painted onto the aircraft in the Norwegian workshops in Oslo, as will a different image of de Lucia on the 737-8.

There are now 10 famous individuals connected with Spanish history appearing on Norwegian tail planes including Christopher Columbus, Cervantes and Joan Miró but Paco de Lucia is the first Spanish musician to be honoured in this way.

He now joins a number of other greats from music including Edvard Greig, Freddie Mercury and Argentine tango artist Astor Piazzolla.

One of the images used in the decoration of the aircraft has been obtained thanks to the collaboration of the artist’s family, his home town Algeciras and is based on a photograph of the guitarist, taken in 2013 in Mallorca for the album Canción Andaluza, his posthumous work.

Speaking about this decision, Gabriel Canseco, widow of Paco de Lucía, commented “Paco said that everything he needed was in a suitcase, the suitcase with which he travelled tirelessly for almost every point of the globe to transmit his music, with the responsibility of claiming an art that went from local to universal.

“It will be exciting to see the image of Paco sailing the skies every day. Thank you, Norwegian, for this recognition to Paco, to the guitar and, above all, to flamenco. “

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