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Commonwealth Games - Unusual Visitors To Man?  
User currently offlineXray From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 138 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1159 times:

With the Commonwealth games due to be held this summer in Manchester can we expect to see some rare heavies there ?
Does anyone know which airlines are likely to visit and the types of aircraft normally used for these types of events if any ?

This is the list of members :
Bangladesh
Barbados
Botswana
Cameroon
Canada
Cyprus
Fiji
The Gambia
Ghana
Guyana
India
Jamaica
Kenya
Lesotho
Malawi
Malaysia
Malta
Mauritius
Mozambique
Nigeria
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Sri Lanka
Swaziland
Tanzania
Trinidad & Tobago
Uganda
United Kingdom
Vanuatu
Zambia
Zimbabwe


thanks

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User currently offlineXray From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1120 times:

01 08 2001



Manchester Airport is gearing up to welcome thousands of athletes and spectators to the Commonwealth Games.

With a year to go to the 2002 extravaganza, bosses are finalising a battle plan to cope with a flood of visitors for the two-week event. Volunteers are being trained to meet and greet up to 30,000 spectators from all parts of the globe and direct them to taxis, buses and trains.
Special information desks will dish out details of Games events and sites. And more than 5,000 athletes will be transferred to their village, with baggage handlers ensuring smooth delivery of sports equipment.
The airport, working with police and airlines, must also make arrangements for any VIP guest. Extra staff will be drafted in at busy times alongside volunteers who will patrol arrival halls.
New airport managing director John Spooner said: ''The operational planning for the Games will now be speeded up as the year-long countdown begins.''
Ringway, which is owned by Greater Manchester's 10 local councils, was first official Games sponsor with a £2m package.
Mr Spooner added: ''Both as a sponsor of this prestigious event and in our role as the games gateway, we want to ensure a smooth and successful start for everyone flying through the airport.''


User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7363 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1115 times:
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I may be an unusual visitor to MAN - approaching 1st anniversary of last visit!

Number of athletes has reportedly gone up to 7000 from around 70 countries (though a large proportion wil come from the UK which will split into 7 nations)!

In term of athletes:
I would expect Qantas (747-400), South African (747-400), Air Canada (hopefully A340 or 747-400) and BWIA (?) to come here.

Perhaps Air India A310, PIA A310; very doubtful for African visitors.

VIPs
We can expect a fair number of Heads of States to arrive!

But the greatest fear I have is seeing BA 777s and 747-400s appearing on the shuttle routes  Wow!

David/MAN


User currently offlineXray From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1103 times:

Perhaps ANZ as well ?
Not sure what you mean by about fearing the 747 & 777's on shuttle routes ? Could you elaborate a little ?


User currently offlineDexter From Austria, joined Jul 2000, 261 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1099 times:

Haven't Australia and New Zealand left the Commonwealth (ie the won't be participating in the Games and, therefore we won't see Qantas or ANZ in MAN)?
I doubt thst there will be many charters from all over the world this summer. I'd say SAA, BWIA, and flights from India are very likely, but other than that...


User currently offlineXray From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1097 times:

Hey - That's a good point !
How selfish of them to leave before the games...


User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7363 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1097 times:
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There are two perfectly good terminals to service (give or take a bad baggage handling system and a lack of stands) these flights - ignoring T3 (the terminal which BA ignore..ooops uses). I don't want some of these countries airlines to utilise larger equipment on LHR routes, with BA carting the Commonwealth Games contingent up here on these flights.

This is the prime opportunity for MAN as an airport and Manchester as a city to sell itself to the world and for either to be seen at a very public event to be reliant upon London and BA to handle any influx of visitors can only hinder future expansion prospects, especially given the unwillingness of BA to see further than London; they have introduced the grand sum of 1 route into MAN over the last 3 years and even that is now in the hands of LOT. All the other routes belong to British Regional!

This is despite me needing 777s and 747-400s (no LHR visits since 1984!)

Oh, the other thing I want is for the company where I work to get the translation work!

David


User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7363 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1089 times:
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I presume you mean that becoming a republic would necesitate them leaving the Commonwealth = not true as South Africa - a republic - is competing! Both the Australians and New Zealands have neither left the Commonwealth or announced their intention to leave the Commonwealth.

This event is graced by having Cathy Freeman coming here (and probably doing the 200m and 400m) and Ian Thorpe (aiming to rival Fort Knox) in the pool (expect both to feature in future advertising)

David


User currently offlineXray From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1080 times:

I see your point - and now you've mentioned the possibilty of BA doing shuttle services instead of flying direct I get the get the niggling fear of inevibility that's what will happen. Seriously hope not as we're short of heavies as it is.

User currently offlineDexter From Austria, joined Jul 2000, 261 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1074 times:

Hehe, translation work? This is not the World Cup, all the Commonwealth countries hace English as their official language...not sure whether they'll need translators. Maybe they will, don't know actually

User currently offlineBmi330 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1450 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1067 times:

david_it of corse ba wouldent just run a 777 or 747 shuttle from lhr to there forgoten terminal at man. its not as if if all ba only cares about there beloved lhr. ok that is exactly what ba will do unfortunitly they will probaly send the scotish teams flight on a route like this gla or edi via lhr to man it wouldent surprise me if ba done that. I think ba should change there name to ba london airways.

hope man do get some good viseters jouring the games and ba might not even get to fly any team there exept mabe northern ireland oh yeah a forgot ba dont flight to that region of the uk any more well bmi mabe and alot of unusal visetors hears hoping


User currently offlineJsmith From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1058 times:

Australia (Queensland) recently hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (last weekend), so that is a pretty good indication that Australia is still very much a part of the Commmonwealth!

Even if it becomes a republic, as already mentioned, does not mean that the country will no longer be a part of the Commonwealth. If I recall, Fiji is also a republic and still a member.



User currently offlineAirbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1050 times:

After independence from the United Kingdom in 1957, Malaya's official language was still English until 1968 (??) it was changed to Malay when they turned into Malaysia.

User currently offlineAviatsiya.ru From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1043 times:

I think that England had successfully passed a motion to kick Australia out of the Commonwealth. Not because of human right abuses, or anything like that, but having Australia in the Commonwealth guarantees that we Aussie get twice as many gold medals as the next closest country. If I remember correctly, in the last Games, we walked, ran or swam away with nearly 100 golds, compared to only approx 50 for Canada or England.

Anyway, I doubt any unusual visitors would be seen in MAN for these Games. Maybe a QF or NZ or AC jet...but that would be about it. The rest of the teams (which are quite small in size) would probably shuttle in thru LHR/LGW.

And translation work? Not such a funny thing Dexter. After all....don't Scotland have a team participating?  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineNZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1021 times:

Even though our Prime Minister went against the grain over Zimbabwe at the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Queensland, I can add my assurance that we (New Zealand) are indeed still part of the Commonwealth.
That goes for Australia as well.  Smile


User currently offlineNZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1017 times:

BTW, if Air New Zealand appeared at Manchester on a games charter, it wouldn't be the first time.
I remember a pic from there a couple of years back when the LAX-LHR service had to divert for fuel due to higher than forecast headwinds over the Atlantic.


User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7363 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1013 times:
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Hah! I've seen an Air New Zealand DC10 at MAN (operating for BA on a JFK-MAN route) in 1979/1980!

Got my fleet of ANZ 747-200s here at MAN, and also 1 747-400. This proves my theory that it's not necessary to go to LHR/LGW, as all aircraft eventually turn up at MAN!

As for the languages, I'm looking at:
Afrikaans, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Bengali, Malay, Swahili, Portuguese, Tamil, Sinhalese, Cantonese and Bahasa Indonesia. Not too sure which other African languages may be wanted/needed.

(We also did translation work for Euro 96 and Man Utd Merchandising)

David/MAN


User currently offlineNZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1015 times:

That'll be when BA crews used to operate the LAX-LHR leg of the flight from Auckland David.
I remember seeing a photo of an Air NZ DC10 at Philadelphia as well operated by BA.


User currently offlineOdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 979 times:

Airbus Lover: Malaysia's official language is still English and it had never since we had out independence from the Brits! It's only our national language that had changed! OUr national language is Malay Language whilst our official language is English! See the difference?

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