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How Are Olympic Athletes Flying To Slc?  
User currently offlineRyu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 508 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2162 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!!!  Smile )

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User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (14 years 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2117 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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User currently offlineRyu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 508 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2097 times:

Interesting... however, I was asking HOW (airline, aircraft, etc) they are flying to SLC (those that need to fly), not WHEN.

User currently offlineSharpnfuzzy From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 570 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2086 times:

Polish athletes are flying to SLC on a chartered LOT B763 (or 762). Don't know if they are making any stops though. Well I should actually say they flew.. cause they've been there since January 30th.

User currently offlineRen41 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1524 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2080 times:

Today SAS flew a 767 from Oslo and Swissair flew a MD-11 from Zurich.


User currently offlineAirontario From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 606 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (14 years 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2075 times:

i dont know Canada's are on Air Canada i guess or they drove thought the biatlethetes have bin there for 3 months cuz of the guns

User currently offlineRyu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 508 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2061 times:

Anyone know anything about Asian teams? Are they flying their home carriers all the way to SLC?

User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (14 years 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2026 times:

Does anybody know if those planes are going to stay at Slc??? Should I go down and see them?

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User currently offlineRyu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 508 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1984 times:

Will airlines, or at least some of them, be flying the athletes to SLC for free?

In Sydney, I know several airlines, including most Star Alliance ones, promised free travel for athletes, etc. as an enticement to get them to fly them.

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (14 years 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1975 times:

Dutch team probably flew in on KLM or NWA, unless they couldn't get there using those airlines  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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.

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User currently offlineRyu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 508 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 4 days ago) and read 1944 times:

Chinese team flew CA to LAX, and Swedish team SK to ORD. I guess they flew DL from there to SLC.

Any more?

User currently offlineI LOVE EWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 852 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (14 years 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1917 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.

User currently offlineN400QX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (14 years 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1909 times:

The Slovakian hockey team's Satan arrived this morning at, I believe, Provo on a flight from Buffalo in a Citation II charter.

User currently offlineFleet service From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 623 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (14 years 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1904 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?
User currently offlineAcidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1880 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (14 years 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1884 times:

A coworker of mine ran into a bunch of Hungarian athletes in MSP. Probably flew into AMS, took the AMS-MSP DC10 and were connecting to a SLC flight.

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User currently offlineTwa902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3177 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (14 years 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1872 times:

Aeroflot flew their 777 nonstop from Moscow to Salt Lake.

as SU323.

If then flew to SEA and flew a scheduled SEA-SVO flight.

I think that tickets were sold on the SVO-SLC because all the athletes would not fill a 777 and im sure some russians would want to see the games.


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User currently offlineAio86 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 929 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (14 years 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1865 times:

United is the official carrier of the US olympic team, so I believe they flew them in from the far away parts of the USA.


User currently offlineAndie007 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 884 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (14 years 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1862 times:

German Athletes flew DELTA.

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