By Joey Gerardi
Cape Air Unveils Pride Plane
Massachusetts-based Cape Air has unveiled a pride-themed aircraft. First reported by local news website CapeCode.com, the airline has decided to make a livery that will “recognize Cape Air’s commitment to equality”. The livery is on one of the airlines’ many 8-9 seat Cessna 402 aircraft they operate, which carries the tail number of N247GS for those wanting to track it. Although it was announced on CapeCode.com on the morning of June 3, 2022, the first photos didn’t come out until that afternoon via the airline’s Twitter account.
According to an interview between CapeCode.com and the airline’s marketing manager Ryan Stanton, the livery for the aircraft was designed in a contest. The aircraft features a rainbow tail with the Cape Air logo overlapping, a purple and blue colored engine cowling, and a green-blue, and purple line running down the side of the aircraft. The word “PRIDE” covers the top of the right wing along with another rainbow, and will also have the same feature along the underside of the aircraft.
Cape Air is the second airline to have a pride-themed livery in the United States, the first being Alaska Airlines which unveiled its special pride livery last year in June of 2021 on an Airbus A320 with the registration of N854VA.
At the time of writing this article, the aircraft is based within the airlines’ Northeastern route network. This means the aircraft could be at any of Cape Air’s 14-destinations in the northeast, two of which are major hubs; Boston and John F. Kennedy in New York City.
June is pride month, but the airline has said the livery will stick around beyond this month and they have no plans to get rid of the livery anytime soon. They also said it is very likely this aircraft will look like this until the end of its usable life with the airline. So you will have plenty of time to catch a photo of it before the aircraft is retired.