Ryu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 504 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 7 months ago) and read 1982 times:
This poll is just out of curiosity only.
If you know how your country's Olympic team is getting to SLC, please post it here. What airline and aircraft type, scheduled or charter? Are they flying directly to SLC, or stopping in say, LAX or JFK firsrt?
It's be interesting to see if SLC gets any unusual airlines/aircraft.
I don't even know how the US team is getting there (I hope they are flying something better than DL economy though!!! )
PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months ago) and read 1937 times:
I think many of them have been in SLC for a while now. Each team for a country (hockey, etc.) has a manager or trainer that tells them when they should go there to practice and get used to the environment. It's different for each sport.
Many of the US athletes live and train in the Rocky Mountains so they probably just drove there.
After the games the countries might fly back all together. I believe a South African 744 took all the South African participants home after the '96 games in ATL.
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Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (13 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1795 times:
Dutch team probably flew in on KLM or NWA, unless they couldn't get there using those airlines
But then, I don't think they came in as a group. Each team (skaters, etc.) probably came in on their own and had to make their own arrangements (probably pay their own tickets too).
I do know the skaters have been somewhere high up in the mountains for several weeks to get acclimated to the altitude, maybe others are doing the same.
Dutch bob team most likely flew in from their latest tournament somewhere in the Alps, etc.
I LOVE EWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 852 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1737 times:
I have a feeling depending on the country and sport the athletes participate in they have different travel arrangements. I was at ORD waiting to board a UAL flight to EWR when I saw a sea of Chinese Athletes boarding a UAL flight to Albany, NY. This was January 13th and they just arrived from Beijing (They made an announcement that all Beijing Paxs should go to gate c-? for an immediate boarding to ALB). Anyway I was assuming that they were going to Lake Placid to do some training before the games. I doubt it was all of the athletes for the games but it was at least 40 - 50 members. Hope this helps.
Fleet service From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 623 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1724 times:
About two weeks or so ago Finland's olympic team flew into JFK on AY.There was a notation in the offload message as to what positions the olympic teams bags were in.I'd assume they chartered on to SLC from JFK.
No, the MD11 wasn't a charter, it turned HEL outbound as usual.
Yes, I actually *do* work for an airline,how about you?