Boeing77W From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 210 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2677 times:
Further to the long post BA to be Official Olympic Airline 2012? It was confirmed today that BA will be the official carrier for the London 2012 Olympics. They will also fly Team GB to Beijing this summer and to Vancouver in 2010. The whole deal set them back £40 million.
There was speculation that airlines such as Emirates would become the carrier, I like the idea of it being BA and hopefully they'll deliver an excellent service. T5 will be well and truly established and, hopefully, running smoothly and BA should also have started taking delivery of their new fleet.
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 13175 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2614 times:
Not exactly unexpected; I recall that BA was a big backer of the London bid, with "Back the Bid" titles on some of its aircraft; clearly, this is a huge opportunity for BA and I would expect to see "2012" decals on most, if not all, BA aircraft, as well as a certain number of aircraft in dedicated liveries - including some of the new 787s and A380s as they are delivered.
Quote: British Airways was delighted when the London bid team won the contest. However, no decision has been made on the airline's involvement with the games in 2012
Funny how things change, apparently VS were quite close in the bid.
Quoting Kaitak (Reply 1): "Back the Bid" titles on some of its aircraft;
This was done by both VS and BA
Apparently there are strict rules on the use of the Olympic Brand in advertising and so BA say it's likely the Olympic rings will be placed just under the cockpit. It would be nice to see some special liveries though.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13499 posts, RR: 76
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2460 times:
Who cares what The Times says, they told a whole bunch of lies in 2006 to make some spurious case that BA was unsafe, then then Director of Engineering took the unusual step of writing an angry letter to them, rebuffing the claims.
BA was backing the London bid, when it was still an object of national ridicule, so perhaps the announcement today is fitting, not getting on the bandwagon later (as usual) like a certain other UK airline CEO.