DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8774 posts, RR: 12 Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 912 times:
One idea of mine is that the economy was heading south in late 2000 so to save some money, they would not place the stickers on the aircraft and instead pamper the timetables, etc. with the Olympic logo.
Dalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2370 posts, RR: 15 Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 875 times:
You can wash that plane all you want, It would still look the same. It needs a paint job. Right now we have three to four planes in paint hangers every day. It takes 5 to 10 days to paint a plane. The backlog of unpainted planes is another of Ron Allen's legacy.
ATL2CDG From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 296 posts, RR: 12 Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 785 times:
Delta was in fact the official airline of the 2002 Winter Olympic games in Salt Lake City. SLC is Delta's western hub and as such, Delta was the prefered carrier for transporting athletes and spectators to the games. Delta's sponsorship can be easily seen with its massive Olympic-themed pamphlets, etc as well as the 777, 757 and several CRJs painted with special SLCWOG livery.
I question why you would think that United was the official airline.
Exusair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 684 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 763 times:
Along with the Olmpic themed 777,757, and RJ's, the SLC airport was also themed for the Olympics.
The employees did not receive special ties or scarves for the 2002 games as they did for the 1996 games.
Removal of the 1996 stickers was a gigantic pain in the a** after the completion of the Olympics. I think DL received adequate exposure for these games. In addition to the commercials on TV, the videos onboard the planes, printed items (schedule books, Sky magazine, etc..). Another surprise was that almost every interview with successful athletes took place in front of the DL Center with Delta Center prominent in the background.
UA_727 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 215 posts, RR: 4 Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 685 times:
9 out of 10 CRJ's that flew into BIL were wearing that damned snowflake, torch-looking thing. (Still don't really know what the heck that thing is...) anyway, I would presume that a large majority of the CRJ's out of SLC were painted in Olympic schemes.