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BA To Be Official Olympic Airline 2012?  
User currently offlineBongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3469 posts, RR: 3
Posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3331 times:

The Daily Mail reports today that an announcement will be made next week that BA will be the official airline for London 2012, in exchange for the sum of £50 million. It then mentions that BA is the airline which will no longer allow you to take your javelin, canoe or whatever as baggage, making it the airline which sponsors the Olympics, but doesn't let you take your equipment with you.

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User currently offline1peter From Netherlands, joined Jul 2005, 149 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3306 times:

No real shock here I guess and who can blame them as it's great advertising for them.


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User currently offlineTonforty From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3295 times:

£50 million is a lot of money. I thought Emirates would end up being the official airline for the Olympics, I didn't think BA would pay that kind of cash. Great advertising though.

User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 29656 posts, RR: 84
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3278 times:
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Thomson Financial News is also reporting that BA will be the official airline of the 2012 games.

User currently offlineLuis777 From Mexico, joined Aug 2004, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3276 times:

I also think that would be Emirates, just remember the last FIFA World Cup in Germany, Lufthansa ended painting a ball on the nose of their airplanes.

User currently offlineTimboflier215 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1317 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3100 times:

Ouch! 50 million pounds just so they can ruin their livery with that cheap and eye-wateringly awful London 2012 logo!!

(I know that they get to do more than simply plaster the planes with the olympic logo, but I just don't want to see a lovely 777 or 747 with pink vomit on the side!)


User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3011 times:



Quoting Tonforty (Reply 2):
I thought Emirates would end up being the official airline for the Olympics

The airline of Dubai for the Olympics in England? OK.  Yeah sure

Quoting Bongodog1964 (Thread starter):
It then mentions that BA is the airline which will no longer allow you to take your javelin, canoe or whatever as baggage, making it the airline which sponsors the Olympics, but doesn't let you take your equipment with you.

Maybe they will make exceptions for athletes in the Olympics?


User currently offlineFoxy From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 179 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3002 times:

Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 6):

The airline of Dubai for the Olympics in England? OK. Yeah sure

Well they were the official airline for the World Cup in Germany

[Edited 2008-01-30 12:47:11]

User currently offlineSeansasLCY From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2007, 805 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2993 times:



Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 6):
The airline of Dubai for the Olympics in England? OK.

Why not? Emirates sponsored the 2006 World Cup in Germany and sponsor many cricket matches and a foreign sailing team (can't remember who!) in races so why not the London Olympics?


User currently offlineTheginge From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 1126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2969 times:

BA doesn't nessceserly need the Olympics sponsorship as by deafult they will probably end up bringing in the majority of passengers and filling up the flights that way. And they don't need to advertise at LHR as what do you see most of there?? BA Tails!

User currently offlineAxio From New Zealand, joined Jul 2006, 313 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2954 times:

As I recall Ansett were the official carrier to the Sydney Olympics in 2000, and I'm not sure that really helped too much..  Smile


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User currently offlineCkfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5064 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2951 times:

Remember that DL was the official airline of the Atlanta and Salt Lake Olympics, not that it wasn't going to carry a great number of passengers to both cities. The idea is that an airline's logo gets plastered everywhere. You should have seen how many times the DL logo was plastered at Olympics venues in Atlanta, along with the likes of IBM, Kodak, Home Depot, etc.

What will be interesting is what happens if Chicago gets the 2016 Olympics. UA has long been the official airline of the USOC, is headquarted in Chicago, has its name on the basketball venue, and has its largest hub at ORD. AA has an ORD hub, does plenty of sponserships in Chicago, and was the official airline of the 1994 World Cup. Not to mention, I saw plenty of fans for Central and South America in Atlanta. AA has something that UA doesn't, MIA. But then, UA has far more service to Asia and Australia.

I would bet that a bidding war will decide the sponsership.


User currently offlineKL911 From Ireland, joined Jul 2003, 5084 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2864 times:

Why BA? Even VS and BD have more quality. I did hope for Emirates as well as they are one of the best carriers in the world. Perfect quality for a very good price. Shame...


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User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 13, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2861 times:



Quoting KL911 (Reply 12):
Why BA? Even VS and BD have more quality. I did hope for Emirates as well as they are one of the best carriers in the world. Perfect quality for a very good price. Shame...

Why a shame? What difference does it make? All it means is that BA have bragging rights, will probably feature at least some small logo on it's aircraft, if not a few logojets, and their logo/advertising featured during the games. It's not like anyone is forced to fly BA. If you don't like BA, don't fly them. However, they make the most sense as they have, by far, the best network connecting the UK to the rest of the world.

LH423



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User currently offlineLHR27C From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 1279 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2774 times:



Quoting KL911 (Reply 12):
Why BA? Even VS and BD have more quality.

What do you have against BA? You're always criticising them. It may be your opinion that VS and BD offer better quality but a lot of people would strongly disagree.



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User currently offlineBongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3469 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2663 times:



Quoting 1peter (Reply 1):
No real shock here I guess and who can blame them as it's great advertising for them.



Quoting KL911 (Reply 12):
Why BA? Even VS and BD have more quality. I did hope for Emirates as well as they are one of the best carriers in the world. Perfect quality for a very good price. Shame...

Some prefer VS (Chav airways), but the majority appreciate the professional service that BA offer, as for Emirates are they the airline that has 10 abreast in Y in their 777's ?


User currently offlineFlight209 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2627 times:



Quoting Ckfred (Reply 11):
Remember that DL was the official airline of the Atlanta and Salt Lake Olympics, not that it wasn't going to carry a great number of passengers to both cities.



Quoting Ckfred (Reply 11):
UA has long been the official airline of the USOC, is headquarted in Chicago, has its name on the basketball venue, and has its largest hub at ORD.

How possible is it that despite BA's sponsorship of the 2012 Olympics, another airline sponsors the 2012 British Olympic team? In 1996, DL sponsored the actual Games, but UA backed that year's U.S. Olympic team. To this day, I'm shocked that the IOC, the USOC, and the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games allowed such a bizarre sponsorship situation.



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User currently offlineGrozzy From Australia, joined Oct 2007, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2583 times:



Quoting Axio (Reply 10):
As I recall Ansett were the official carrier to the Sydney Olympics in 2000, and I'm not sure that really helped too much..

As a general rule, have the other official carriers had much sucess after?


User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2574 times:

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User currently offlineUAL777UK From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 3356 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2567 times:

BA...The same company that will be boycotted by a lot of UK olympic competitiors for the China Olympics because they wont carry their equipment. Way to go BA, you have lost a lot of friends there. I wonder which airline is going to step in??

User currently offlineStarGoldLHR From Heard and McDonald Islands, joined Feb 2004, 1529 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2558 times:



Quoting LHR27C (Reply 14):
Quoting KL911 (Reply 12):
Why BA? Even VS and BD have more quality.

What do you have against BA? You're always criticising them. It may be your opinion that VS and BD offer better quality but a lot of people would strongly disagree.

BA needs to improve it's Sporting image a little.
Will the british olympic team even be flying to China with BA ? (I thought they were using Air China ?)

Dont forget.. how many british people will fly BA to the 2012 Olmypics..it's typical BA they dont care about the UK market, only foreigners coming to the UK.



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User currently offlineDelboy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 725 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2522 times:

Why not LOT, Wizz Air or Tarom, most of their citizens live here anyway!!

User currently offlineGilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2985 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2505 times:

I suppose BA and the London Olympics are a match made in heaven!

They are both pathetic and a total joke!


User currently offlineRICARIZA From Colombia, joined Apr 2005, 2376 posts, RR: 27
Reply 23, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2479 times:



Quoting Keesje (Reply 18):


ufff, that looks amazing!! Best A-380 image that i've seen...!



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User currently offlineSkidMarque From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2406 times:



Quoting Gilesdavies (Reply 22):
I suppose BA and the London Olympics are a match made in heaven!

They are both pathetic and a total joke!

Yeah that's right, a pathetic total joke who will make close to £1Bn profit this year



DUCK !
25 Candid76 : Isn't Stansted the local airport for the Olympics? Surely Ryanair can afford £50 million?
26 1peter : Couldn't possibly comment about VS, but BA's service are far more superior than that of BD's.......!
27 Post contains images Lufthansa411 : Not really a shock. I doubt VS and BD will leave their aircraft as is. As seen with the last world cup, Emirates may have been the official airline, b
28 Post contains images Cornish : I'd have thought it was London City. VLM for official olympic airline anyone ?
29 Candid76 : Won't VLM just be called Air France by then?
30 1peter : Or KLM Cityhopper.......!
31 Post contains images Cornish : Or how about Air France Cityhopper
32 GCT64 : I would confidently predict that Ryanair will somehow manage to get plenty of advertising out the Olympics without paying a penny to the organisers i
33 Post contains images Babybus : Maybe BMI should be the official airline. I think that would summon up the spirit and organisation of the event totally.
34 TOLtommy : Simple. BA offered more money and in kind "donations". ATL was a corrupt games. Everything was for sale. The multiple sponsorships generated more rev
35 Theginge : There will be more foreigners flying in to the UK to see the games than British people as the majority of people in the UK won;t need to fly there!!
36 BCAL : BMI can trace its origins back to 1938 and became known as British Midland Airways in 1964. If they can survive that long, whilst many well-known nam
37 Burnsie28 : Acutally thats dirt cheap, basically $100 million US for an official airline of the worlds biggest stage. Thats really dirt cheap.
38 LHR777 : I think the rumour is that bmi will be bought-out before 2012, and therefore, chances are that they wont be around in their current form in 2012.
39 ClassicLover : Funnily enough, you wouldn't have thought Ansett was the official carrier... they paid more money for the rights, which was bizarre considering they
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