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Olympics Athletes Flew Which Airlines To ATH?  
User currently offlineRyu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 495 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 6138 times:

Hi everyone --

Does anyone know which airlines flew Olympics atheletes to the Olympics Games in Athens? Do they use special charter or regular flights?

What does your country do?

For China, the Chinese team flew AIR CHINA, and it is a special nonstop charter flight from Beijing.

I am very curious -- thanks!

[Edited 2004-08-13 21:11:58]

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User currently offlineCXoneWorld From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 316 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6029 times:

Appears that the Australian team flew QANTAS whereas the Hong Kong team went with THAI...


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User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6016 times:

The Egyptian athletes arrived on an Egyptair A340

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User currently offlineSlider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6924 posts, RR: 34
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6007 times:

American athletes could take any commercial carrier of their choosing.

I know CO had some of them in a VIP movement out of EWR via KL in AMS and into Athens.


User currently offlineIowa744fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 931 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5959 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!  Smile


User currently offlineIowa744fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 931 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5951 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!


User currently offlineNWAFA From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1893 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5942 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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User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 859 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5934 times:

"Lets also hope that neither A or B ever tries to lay claim to being the manufacturer who carried more athletes or fans to the Olympics"

That was the most childish statement for weeks at A.net!  Insane

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User currently offlineImonti From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5873 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.

User currently offlineOttoPylit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5752 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.




User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3238 posts, RR: 32
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5755 times:

Athletes from Serbia & Montenegro used JAT scheduled flights from Belgrade.


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User currently offlineCrosscheck From Australia, joined Jun 2000, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5697 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

User currently offlineETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 5552 times:

Ethiopian team flew Ethiopian Airlines

Kenyan team flew Kenya Airways


User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5743 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 5523 times:

Czech team flew regular CSA service to ATH. I think this will be the most common answer you will get since national carriers usually are official carrier of their national olympic team.

User currently offlineJOBALAS From France, joined Mar 2001, 146 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 5396 times:

Hi,
I flew ATH 2 weeks ago and I flew with the south corean woman team of marathon. ( AF from ICN CDG ATH)
regards



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User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3015 posts, RR: 26
Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 5384 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.
Aeroflot777


User currently offlineCarnoc From China, joined Oct 2001, 875 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5298 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.

Best Regards.


User currently offlineRutankrd From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 3038 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5247 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.


User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1358 posts, RR: 13
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5194 times:

Arkia is the Israeli official carrier to the Olympics this year. They flew B757-300 in a special flight from Tel Aviv to Athens (1 hour 40 min).


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User currently offlineClipperNo1 From Germany, joined May 1999, 672 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5152 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?!



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User currently offlineBa299 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 173 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5027 times:

Italy used an AZ 767-300

User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3015 posts, RR: 26
Reply 21, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4967 times:

To whom is the last sentence in your last post addressed to?
Aeroflot777


User currently offlineScf158 From Switzerland, joined Dec 2003, 413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4933 times:

Anyone know anything about the swiss and canadian teams?

User currently offlineGamps From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 469 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4723 times:

I believe Indian contingent went on scheduled Gulf Air flights. (India:BOM/BLR/DEL) - BAH - ATH. Hockey team probably arrived directly from training camp in Arizona/US.

User currently offlineIowa744fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 931 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 4353 times:

Hey Solnabo,
It is called a joke! Given how everything gets sponsored today or people are always trying to lay claim to being the leader in this, I just thought that it would be an amusing joke!


25 Post contains images Wing : Turkish Airlines flew the American Basketball Team (Dream Team) to Athens as well as Turkish olympic competitors.WING
26 Ramerinianair : Not an athlete but mat lower took whatever airline that had JFK-ATH 6 hours late on Wed. Anybody know if it was DL or Olympic. SR
27 ScottysAir : Yes, DL is made extra flight from JFK-ATH during for the Olympics games in Greece. This is for thiree weekly on their service from JFK-ATH. It will en
28 Brubiac : The Belgium team took Hellas Jet, in codeshare with SN Brussels Airlines
29 Post contains links Hawkeye2 : The most interesting flight has got to be the Iraqi team -- flying a RAAF C-130 from Baghdad to Jordan for the first part of their flight!!! http://ww
30 Alespesl : How about the team from North Korea? How do they fly to ATH? Thanks Ales
31 Greenjet : The Irish team used Alitalia.
32 Favre : NWA flew ATH-EWR today with A330-300 #3306---
33 JAGflyer : If you put LGAV as the arrival city on flytecomm you can seee a few charters showing up including the ferry flight for the NWA A330 from DTW and a few
34 Daumueller : the germans were allowed to choose any LH flights they'd like. cheers, ben
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