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Olympic Charters Where Are They?  
User currently offlineAznCSA4QF744ER From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 691 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 1 month 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3143 times:

With the 2008 summer Olympic Games around the corner where are all those charters? I know United will charter a B747-400 from ORD to PEK today are they the only one?

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User currently offlineCokePopper From United States of America, joined May 2008, 1179 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3070 times:

Great question. I am curious about NBC. Delta handled the last two
olympics with them but not this year. Does anyone know who is handling them?


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13093 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3027 times:

NBC and others from the USA and some other countries may be keeping a low profile as to info on their charters for security reasons. Of course, the teams will be on charters, but little has been discussed on that too. Perhaps there are more important issues for the media to cover especially with the political situations of China.

User currently offlineLexy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2515 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3005 times:



Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 2):
NBC and others from the USA and some other countries may be keeping a low profile as to info on their charters for security reasons. Of course, the teams will be on charters, but little has been discussed on that too. Perhaps there are more important issues for the media to cover especially with the political situations of China.

That's my guess. All are keeping low profiles and would rather not "broadcast" their plans to the world. Many of NBC's crew is already in place in Beijing to begin with.



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User currently offlineGCT64 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 1389 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2877 times:

According to http://www.olympics.org.uk/news.aspx?NE=2529

The horses went from AMS (29 Jul) & STN (30 Jul).
The STN flight had the British and, strangely to me, horses from Australia, Japan, US, China(!), NZ & Jamaica - presumably this was following a horse event in the UK.



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User currently offlineLegacyins From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2071 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 1 day ago) and read 2734 times:

The US team has been leaving from SFO over the past week or two on commercial flights. Most of the Teams are going to Japan or Singapore before heading to beijng due to pollution and food concerns. It really is no big secret.


John@SFO
User currently offlinePlanenutz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 23 hours ago) and read 2689 times:

The US team has been arriving at a staging area in San Jose, California since last Weds. They are proceeding on regular commercial flights thru SFO, but obviously not all at once. I understand that most of the basketball team left on 7/28 to HKG where they are continuing their training and exhibition matches in Macau.

Historically, SAS has provided a single chartered flight for the Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish teams.

I understand that Beijing Capital Airport has a purpose built arrivals terminal for all Olympics charters. It would be grat to see some of the action thier in the coming week.


User currently offlineGCT64 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 1389 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (6 years 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2406 times:



Quoting AznCSA4QF744ER (Thread starter):
With the 2008 summer Olympic Games around the corner where are all those charters?

The short answer was that there ended up being very very few athlete charters, most athletes travelled on scheduled commercial flights.

It's difficult to tell exactly which flights were athlete charters and which were for other purposes but a few could be identified: Cubana sent an IL-96, Pullmantur Air a B744.

Certainly it was reported widely that the UK team went scheduled on BA (not direct but via training camps).



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User currently offlineTN757Flyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (6 years 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2298 times:



Quoting Legacyins (Reply 5):
The US team has been leaving from SFO over the past week or two on commercial flights. Most of the Teams are going to Japan or Singapore before heading to beijng due to pollution and food concerns. It really is no big secret.

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Plus, whatever charters were used to move people to PEK have probably already arrived and left, to return when the games end - I think in about three weeks? I do know many athletes leave as soon as their respective sports have completed, and do not stick around for the closing ceremonies. The airport will be busier than normal for a few days following the games, but I would not expect it to be hugely so.


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