Cape Air and IFAW Launch Whale of a Plane

Wednesday, 26 July, 2006
Hyannis, MA
Cape Air and IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) today formally unveiled a new piece of art on a high flying canvas. The two Cape Cod based organizations launched a new plane covered with inspiring images of humpback whales. The Cessna 402, the newest addition to Cape Air’s “Art in Flight” series, will fly routes in the Cape and Islands region, South Florida and the Caribbean.
“This is our fifth painted plane,” said Cape Air President Dan Wolf. “We love taking art off the walls and into the skies and having IFAW as a partner this time around along with Jürek’s artistry in his depiction of the humpback whales, makes it a total winner.”

Cape Air and IFAW commissioned famed airbrush artist Jürek to paint the plane to bring whale protection to the public eye. Thousands of tourists choose Cape Cod as a whale watching destination each summer, but few realize that whales are still hunted in countries like Japan, Norway and Iceland.

“IFAW is delighted with this creative combination of art, aviation and animals,” said IFAW President Fred O’Regan. “The great whales are among our planet’s most magnificent species. Yet they face real and growing threats. We are hopeful this inspiring example of public art will encourage Cape Air customers and others to join IFAW in protecting whales and their habitats.”

Cape Cod is home to important feeding and nursery grounds for the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, with a population that has dwindled to less than 350.

“New England was a paradise of whales that turned into a slaughterhouse until some species were almost extinct. My art is a small contribution to help IFAW fight for these magnificent creatures, to preserve the benefits of their existence for our children and grandchildren to enjoy,” Jürek said.

IFAW will also present the first ever Cape Cod WhaleFest this Saturday, July 29 at the Village Green in downtown Hyannis from 10 am to 4 pm including live music, marine themed crafts, games, activities and whale photo opportunities.

About Cape Air
The newest whale designed plane joins the Cape Air fleet of forty-nine Cessna 402s and three ATRs. Last year Cape Air, the largest independent airline in the United States, flew 730 thousand passengers. Founded in 1989 Cape Air, the only Massachusetts based airline, has been providing air service to some of the most beautiful destinations in the world including Cape Cod and the Islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. As a code share partner with Continental Airlines Cape Air flies to the US and British Virgin Islands from San Juan, Puerto Rico as well as southwest Florida and Micronesia. For more information, please visit 

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