Aer Lingus has been announced as the official airline of the Irish rugby team.
Ireland’s national flag carrier has signed a three-year deal with the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and will support the body by flying players, officials and support staff to and from matches.
To mark the partnership, Aer Lingus will rebrand one of its aircraft in Irish colours and re-name it Green Spirit. A player from each of Ireland’s four provinces will also be named Aer Lingus brand ambassadors.
"We are very proud to partner with the IRFU, bringing together two strong iconic Irish brands with long and rich heritages,” said Mike Rutter, Aer Lingus’ chief revenue officer.
"There are many synergies between us - we are both international success stories which instil pride in Irish people. We have lots of exciting plans including the rebranding of aircraft in IRFU livery displaying our four ambassadors - this is a first for Aer Lingus and indeed for Irish aviation."
Ireland, winners of the last two Six Nations championships, will be hoping to land their first Rugby World Cup title later this year.