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Will The Olympics Mean Less People Flying?  
User currently offlineVHSMM From Australia, joined Jul 2008, 132 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2016 times:

With the start of the Olympics just a few hours away, I was wondering if they would have an impact on the number of people flying.

Obviously heaps of people will fly to Beijing, but I was wondering wherther or not the Olympics would mean that less people would fly (for pleasure, ie not work) becasue they were glued to their television sets watching the action.

What is the view of A.netters?


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User currently offlineApodino From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 4263 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1987 times:

I doubt it will have any impact in the US anyways. The olympics seem to be forgotten quite a bit in the US, largely due to NBC's monopoly on coverage and not many other media outlets doing much coverage (ESPN for example can't even show highlights on sportscenter, and there hasn't been a lot of mention on the website for something that you would think would be big). Couple that with all the doping, and politics and it turns a lot of people off.

Even so, sporting events don't really dampen travel that much in this country. The only sporting event I could think of that would even come close would be the Super Bowl.


User currently offlineContrails From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1833 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1978 times:

Will it mean fewer people flying? I doubt it, at least in the US. I'd rather go somewhere than sit around watching the Olympics (or anything else, for that matter). In fact, I have a trip planned for next weekend.


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User currently onlineDLPMMM From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 3591 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1948 times:

The Olympics are starting soon?

Where are they being held?

Will Brittney Spears be there?

Signed,

The USA.


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10893 posts, RR: 37
Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1885 times:

Any idea of the loads on the Singapore Airlines A380 temporary flights from SIN to Beijing during the one week of service?


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User currently offlineORDagent From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 823 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (6 years 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1839 times:

The flights are indeed full. The U.S. has lost a bit of audiance. However this could be good for Chicago's 2016 bid in order to get more attention to the games by the U.S. (Please oh please!) Other parts of the world are still Olypmic obsessed though. IIRC the Soviets wanted the IL-86 running in time for the games in Moscow but that didn't happen. I think the same was for the A380 by Chinese airlines.

User currently offlineElBandGeek From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 753 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1814 times:



Quoting ORDagent (Reply 5):
The flights are indeed full. The U.S. has lost a bit of audiance. However this could be good for Chicago's 2016 bid in order to get more attention to the games by the U.S. (Please oh please!) Other parts of the world are still Olypmic obsessed though. IIRC the Soviets wanted the IL-86 running in time for the games in Moscow but that didn't happen. I think the same was for the A380 by Chinese airlines.

First of all....I agree on the Please oh Please for Chicago

Second....I thought the Chinese airlines wanted the 787 for the olympics (787 8-8-08 the whole 8 thing)


User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5136 posts, RR: 33
Reply 7, posted (6 years 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1785 times:



Quoting ElBandGeek (Reply 6):
Second....I thought the Chinese airlines wanted the 787 for the olympics (787 8-8-08 the whole 8 thing)

....and the A380-800 has no 8's in it??



That'll teach you
User currently offlinePnwtraveler From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 2235 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (6 years 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1760 times:

I know the Executive First Cabins have been full on the flights to Bejing. Some Canadian athletes haven't been upgraded because it is full. Daniel Nestor who just won the men doubles at Wimbelton and a Super Elite couldn't get in J Class because it was full. Does anyone know what the loads in economy are? It has been a 77W so there are a lot of seats going back and forth.

User currently offlineAllrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2057 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (6 years 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1603 times:

In Australia widescreen TV sales are up due to the Olympics so it might mean less discretionary spending on holiday flights.

Quoting ORDagent (Reply 5):
this could be good for Chicago's 2016 bid

The last Olympic games in the USA (Atlanta) didn't work out too well and sadly John Williams will probably not be around to compose any music for it, which was the highlight for me.



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User currently offlineEghansen From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1577 times:



Quoting DLPMMM (Reply 3):
The Olympics are starting soon?

Where are they being held?

Will Brittney Spears be there?

Signed,

The USA.

Less dramatically, I haven't watched the Olympics in years and I don't expect to watch these either.

Quoting VHSMM (Thread starter):
Obviously heaps of people will fly to Beijing, but I was wondering wherther or not the Olympics would mean that less people would fly (for pleasure, ie not work) becasue they were glued to their television sets watching the action.

Being from Australia, you probably do not know this, but in the US, we now have cable television with 457 channels available 24 hours per day. It will be quite a chore to even find the Olympics in the endless clutter that has become our television entertainment.


User currently offlineLegacyins From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2071 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1568 times:



Quoting Eghansen (Reply 10):
It will be quite a chore to even find the Olympics in the endless clutter that has become our television entertainment.

It won't be too difficult since NBC paid upwards of 1 Billion USD to broadcast the games on their stations.



John@SFO
User currently offlineEghansen From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (6 years 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1554 times:



Quoting Legacyins (Reply 11):
It won't be too difficult since NBC paid upwards of 1 Billion USD to broadcast the games on their stations.

I didn't know I had NBC on my cable. Let's see... it must be here somewhere between The Pasta network, The British Tea network, The Australian Rules Football network, and the 24-hour-a-day WWII Newsreels network.... maybe it is amongst all those networks with programming in Swahili, Sanskrit, Laotian, Inuit and Bulgarian.... if I ever find it I can TiVo it so I can store in on my 800 Gb hard drive so I can watch it sometime in the future which I will never do because I am so busy watching the Wallpapering network...


User currently onlineTugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5519 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (6 years 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1500 times:

Will flights into and out of and around Beijing be shut down during the opening ceremonies? Will there be any additional restrictions on flying in China during the games (I can't believe there is not some kind of change)?

Tugg



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User currently offlineAussieAl From Australia, joined Apr 2007, 33 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1476 times:



Quoting Eghansen (Reply 12):
The Australian Rules Football network

So at least you have the AFL network. We would be watching that at home here (Fox Sport) if we were not flying out of Sydney on Monday for California and other places.

When Sydney had the Olympics we departed for that time to Europe. You can guess we are not Olympics fans.


User currently offlineLegacyins From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2071 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1413 times:



Quoting Eghansen (Reply 12):
I didn't know I had NBC on my cable. Let's see... it must be here somewhere between The Pasta network, The British Tea network, The Australian Rules Football network, and the 24-hour-a-day WWII Newsreels network.... maybe it is amongst all those networks with programming in Swahili, Sanskrit, Laotian, Inuit and Bulgarian.... if I ever find it I can TiVo it so I can store in on my 800 Gb hard drive so I can watch it sometime in the future which I will never do because I am so busy watching the Wallpapering network...

Ignorgant statement.

Quoting Tugger (Reply 13):
Will flights into and out of and around Beijing be shut down during the opening ceremonies?

Beijing Capital Airport is closed between 2000 - 2400.



John@SFO
User currently onlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5683 posts, RR: 32
Reply 16, posted (6 years 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1401 times:

I'm only sorry I didn't know the date of the Olympics when planning my hols so I could get away from this overblown boreathon.

Sorry, but I've better things to do than sit at home and watch grown adults run around in circles.


User currently offlineEghansen From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (6 years 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1308 times:



Quoting Legacyins (Reply 15):
Ignorgant statement.

Sorry about that. What I wrote in my post was something called "satire". Generally, Americans do not understand satire. That is why the British have such shows as "Monty Python's Flying Circus" and "The League of Gentlemen" and we don't.

Americans, however, are very good at fighting wars. Taking ourselves very seriously has its compensations.


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