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Air Atlanta Icelandic To Carry Olympic Fire  
User currently offlineAsgeirs From Iceland, joined May 2001, 518 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5209 times:

This year, two Air Atlanta 747-200 jets will be moving the Olympic fire around the world prior to the Olympic games this summer. Around 200 people will be escorting the fire (reporters, etc.).

The expedition will take just over a month, starting on June 2nd and ending on July 9th when the Olympic Games will start. The fire will be transported in four boxes and the route will be Athens - Australia - USA - China - India - N-Africa - S-America - USA - Europe - Athens. 35 cities will be visited on the way.

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User currently offlineN754PR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5129 times:

How can we see what cities??

User currently offlineDelboy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 725 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5048 times:

Have seen a photo of one of the aircraft at LGW, could have been on the Justplanes website....looks OK.

User currently offlineKEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5040 times:

Cities that will be visited :-

Cape Town
Rio de Janeiro
Mexico City
Los Angeles
St. Louis
New York

Within the list, these cities have never hosted the Olympics before :-

Cape Town
Rio de Janeiro
New York (2012 candidate)
Brussels (but Antwerp did)
Lausanne (IOC HQ)



[Edited 2004-05-27 15:00:03]

User currently offlineTFJamie From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2004, 125 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4891 times:

Fire surely is a strange cargo for airliners. It must be added here that if the fire goes out it can only be lit in Athens again as an added complication. But i find the concept of carrying fire as cargo hilarious Big grin

User currently offlineWilco From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 355 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4791 times:

i think they actually travel with more than one "flame".... there is a fancy one for the runners to carry but then they bring along several flames so that if the ceremonial one goes out, they can relight it from the standbyflames on the spot. Only if all the redundant flames go out do they need to go back to Athens.


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User currently offline411A From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1826 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4740 times:

Let us hope that the Captains used will be up to the task...not like the AAI Captain who was arrested recently in a LGW pub, for starting a brawl.
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User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4664 times:

I thought Nicosia's airport was closed?

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User currently offlineBragi From Iceland, joined May 2001, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4575 times:

Fun job for the pilots, visiting all those cities in a course of one month.... Not your average routine. Smile

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User currently offlineLeviticus From New Zealand, joined Oct 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4529 times:

Mhodgson, yes it is but they can probably land at LCA (really not far away) or at one of the British military bases around...

User currently offlineJCS17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 36
Reply 10, posted (12 years 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4469 times:

Its a pretty sad state of affairs when Greece's own national airline (aptly named OLYMPIC) does not escort the Olympic flame around.

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User currently offlineJmc757 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2000, 1315 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (12 years 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4456 times:

JCS17, I agree with you. It is indeed a shame that the hosting nation's own airline cannot carry the flame. Even more sad that they are named Olympic! Obviously this all came down to cost, which again is a shame.

User currently offlineQantas077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5954 posts, RR: 36
Reply 12, posted (11 years 12 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4279 times:

don't worry Qantas didn't escort the flame around Australia either! by the way if the flames go out then it's re-lit in Olympia, the only place the flame can come from! not Athens.

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User currently offlineLonghaulheavy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 402 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (11 years 12 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4262 times:

Only if all the redundant flames go out do they need to go back to Athens.

Or everyone can keep their mouth shut while the captain takes out a lighter. Big grin

User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11588 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (11 years 12 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4215 times:


Sorry, I cannot activate this link. It always cuts of parts of the address.

User currently offlineSNBA319 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2003, 298 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 12 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4093 times:

The dutch news this evening stated the whole trip of the olympic flame around the world costs a staggering 45 MILLION EUROS !!!!!  Wow!

Bit of a waste i would reckon...

User currently offlineMiami1 From Australia, joined Feb 2001, 707 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 12 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4018 times:

Qantas did not carry the flame around OZ as it was not the 'Olympic Airline'. It was Ansett - who did carry it around along with it's partners.

User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 22
Reply 17, posted (11 years 12 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4015 times:

I swore I read somewhere that flammable materials was not allowed inflight.....or did this change?? LOL

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User currently offlineQantasA332 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1500 posts, RR: 22
Reply 18, posted (11 years 12 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3995 times:

Regarding the transport of the flame, it was/will apparently be transferred to a special "airplane-safe" lantern for its journey(s); it won't be extinguished as far as I know. Check out the reference to its transport in this article...

^The olympic flame inside a special lantern for its flight(s).


User currently offlineQANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 12 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3982 times:

AirframeAS - I think the olympic flame is an exception.

I remember in 2000 the Ansett 767 that flew the flame around had a special kind of flame basinette in two business class seats. Two lanterns to a seat. The basinette looked like a square with a couple of big drink holders carved into them.

By the way - Nice to see a bar on a 747!


User currently offlineAlitalia7e7 From Australia, joined Mar 2004, 185 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (11 years 12 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3961 times:

The lantern is flying an ex-Alitalia 747=243B ex I-DEMV. Great to see an ex-Az aircraft in sydney tomorrow!

User currently offlineSpike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1170 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (11 years 12 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3935 times:

Great! Naked flames on-board. It trust it will be a smoking flight!

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