Iowa744fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 928 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5439 times:
Does anyone know if any US carriers pay for rights to be the official US airline of the Olympics? What I mean is Delta has been the airline of the Olympics in 1996 and in 2002 when they were in the US, and both in Delta hubs I should add. Does any US carrier vie for these rights when the games are in another country?
That being said, I cannot wait for the Olympics to start...well...I guess that technically they have with women's soccer, but you know what I mean!
P.S. Let's also hope that neither Boeing or Airbus ever tries to lay claim to being the manufacturer who carried more athletes or fans to the Olympics!
Iowa744fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 928 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5431 times:
Also, a little over a month ago, I saw the US women's softball team in ORD going to Wassau/Stevens Point, WI. However, they may have been flying UA because they operated planes large enough for the entire team (CRJs). I know that YX* operates smaller ones, but maybe not NW.
Also, in person Jenny Finch, Team USA's second starting pitcher, is quite attractive!
NWAFA From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1893 posts, RR: 16 Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5422 times:
I have a DTW buddy of mine that worked a charter last week over to ATH...have not talked to him since he returned, when I do I will find out who and what were on board....Im guessing its just a charter or non-athletes like it was the 2 for SYD.
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Imonti From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5353 times:
The South Africa team was taken there on a special charter flight (done by SAA on an SAA plane), (remember we had NDizani to take the Olympic team to Atlanta in 1996) to Athens on a Airbus 340-200. They will go home on a charter flight again done by SAA.
OttoPylit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5232 times:
Fresh from the Delta intra-net news network:
Delta transports athletes to the Olympics
12:25 p.m. 08/13/04
Delta transported many of the athletes that will be competing in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, beginning today in Athens. Delta designated 12 charter flights for NBC and provided a team of Airport Customer Service employees from the region to support the passengers for the duration of the games. Team members speak a variety of languages to facilitate communications among the athletes from different parts of the world.
Delta also expanded service to passengers this summer between Greece and the U.S. with the addition of a second flight to Athens from New York-JFK. The additional service, added for customers attending the Games, brings valuable tourism opportunities to the Greek economy and offers more options for customers from Greece to take their summer vacation in the U.S.
Crosscheck From Australia, joined Jun 2000, 153 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5177 times:
I believe the Australia team flew Qantas to Europe, but not to Athens. Most of the team did not go directly to Athens, however went to one of many training camps thought out Europe. Qantas will however fly several charter flights that will take the entire team from Athens back to Australia. Regards
Aeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 2974 posts, RR: 29 Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4864 times:
I am in Athens right now for the Olympic Games. Let me tell you that opening ceremony yesterday was awesome. Anyway all I know is that the teams weren't tied down to anything specific. As it was already mentioned USA athletes came on whatever flight they wished. For instance I came on Alitalia and the plane had a couple of USA atheletes on it. So it was their choice.
Carnoc From China, joined Oct 2001, 875 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (9 years 4 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4778 times:
From the best of my understanding, only one carrier could be chosen as the official partner carrier for an Olympic Games, and history tells that it was often the flagship carrier of the nation that hosts the once-every-four-years event who had been chosen at the end.
Rutankrd From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2372 posts, RR: 4 Reply 17, posted (9 years 4 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4727 times:
Interestingly the official carrier for Team GB (Great Britain) is actually Cyprus Airways this time around !
Much of the squad are training and staying in Cyprus rather than Athens.
May have some security reasons what with the huge British Military presence at Dehkelia and Akrotiri.
(British Sovereign Bases where UK law applies !)
They will commute to Athens with Cyprus Airways as necessary.
ClipperNo1 From Germany, joined May 1999, 671 posts, RR: 2 Reply 19, posted (9 years 4 months 3 days ago) and read 4632 times:
I was wondering how the Team of Ghana and Cameroon flew in yesterday. Both equipes are not very large, yet I remeber that Cameroon airlines had a special flight for the soccer championships 2002 in Korea.
No pics uploaded yet, but how much of a geek do you have to be, to rather go spotting, than being a part of the olympic games?!
"I really don't know one plane from the other. To me they are just marginal costs with wings."Ã¯Â¿Â½ Alfred Kahn, 1977