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Air Atlanta Icelandic To Carry Olympic Fire

Thu May 27, 2004 8:40 pm

This year, two Air Atlanta 747-200 jets will be moving the Olympic fire around the world prior to the Olympic games this summer. Around 200 people will be escorting the fire (reporters, etc.).

The expedition will take just over a month, starting on June 2nd and ending on July 9th when the Olympic Games will start. The fire will be transported in four boxes and the route will be Athens - Australia - USA - China - India - N-Africa - S-America - USA - Europe - Athens. 35 cities will be visited on the way.
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N754PR
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RE: Air Atlanta Icelandic To Carry Olympic Fire

Thu May 27, 2004 9:01 pm

How can we see what cities??
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Delboy
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RE: Air Atlanta Icelandic To Carry Olympic Fire

Thu May 27, 2004 9:40 pm


Have seen a photo of one of the aircraft at LGW, could have been on the Justplanes website....looks OK.
 
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RE: Air Atlanta Icelandic To Carry Olympic Fire

Thu May 27, 2004 9:53 pm

Cities that will be visited :-

Olympia
Sydney
Melbourne
Tokyo
Seoul
Beijing
Delhi
Cairo
Cape Town
Rio de Janeiro
Mexico City
Los Angeles
St. Louis
Atlanta
New York
Montreal
Antwerp
Brussels
Amsterdam
Geneva
Lausanne
Paris
London
Barcelona
Rome
Munich
Berlin
Stockholm
Helsinki
Moscow
Kiev
Istanbul
Sofia
Nicosia

Within the list, these cities have never hosted the Olympics before :-

Delhi
Cairo
Cape Town
Rio de Janeiro
New York (2012 candidate)
Brussels (but Antwerp did)
Geneva
Lausanne (IOC HQ)
Kiev
Istanbul
Sofia
Nicosia

http://www.athens2004.com/athens2004/page/legacy?lang=en&cid=9f587ae4be659f00VgnVCMServer28130b0aRCRD

http://www.olympic.org/uk/games/athens/full_story_uk.asp?id=401

[Edited 2004-05-27 15:00:03]
 
TFJamie
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RE: Air Atlanta Icelandic To Carry Olympic Fire

Thu May 27, 2004 11:18 pm

Fire surely is a strange cargo for airliners. It must be added here that if the fire goes out it can only be lit in Athens again as an added complication. But i find the concept of carrying fire as cargo hilarious Big grin
 
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RE: Air Atlanta Icelandic To Carry Olympic Fire

Fri May 28, 2004 5:05 am

TFJamie....
i think they actually travel with more than one "flame".... there is a fancy one for the runners to carry but then they bring along several flames so that if the ceremonial one goes out, they can relight it from the standbyflames on the spot. Only if all the redundant flames go out do they need to go back to Athens.

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RE: Air Atlanta Icelandic To Carry Olympic Fire

Fri May 28, 2004 10:06 am

Let us hope that the Captains used will be up to the task...not like the AAI Captain who was arrested recently in a LGW pub, for starting a brawl.
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mhodgson
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RE: Air Atlanta Icelandic To Carry Olympic Fire

Fri May 28, 2004 8:13 pm

I thought Nicosia's airport was closed?
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bragi
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RE: Air Atlanta Icelandic To Carry Olympic Fire

Fri May 28, 2004 10:41 pm

Fun job for the pilots, visiting all those cities in a course of one month.... Not your average routine. Smile
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RE: Air Atlanta Icelandic To Carry Olympic Fire

Sat May 29, 2004 12:18 am

Mhodgson, yes it is but they can probably land at LCA (really not far away) or at one of the British military bases around...
 
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RE: Air Atlanta Icelandic To Carry Olympic Fire

Sat May 29, 2004 3:23 am

Its a pretty sad state of affairs when Greece's own national airline (aptly named OLYMPIC) does not escort the Olympic flame around.
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RE: Air Atlanta Icelandic To Carry Olympic Fire

Sat May 29, 2004 3:31 am

JCS17, I agree with you. It is indeed a shame that the hosting nation's own airline cannot carry the flame. Even more sad that they are named Olympic! Obviously this all came down to cost, which again is a shame.
 
QANTAS077
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RE: Air Atlanta Icelandic To Carry Olympic Fire

Wed Jun 02, 2004 8:28 am

don't worry Qantas didn't escort the flame around Australia either! by the way if the flames go out then it's re-lit in Olympia, the only place the flame can come from! not Athens.
 
longhaulheavy
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RE: Air Atlanta Icelandic To Carry Olympic Fire

Wed Jun 02, 2004 9:02 am

Only if all the redundant flames go out do they need to go back to Athens.

Or everyone can keep their mouth shut while the captain takes out a lighter. Big grin
 
na
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RE: Air Atlanta Icelandic To Carry Olympic Fire

Wed Jun 02, 2004 4:28 pm

http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/viewphoto.main?LC=nav2&picid=1167

Sorry, I cannot activate this link. It always cuts of parts of the address.
 
SNBA319
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RE: Air Atlanta Icelandic To Carry Olympic Fire

Thu Jun 03, 2004 6:38 am

The dutch news this evening stated the whole trip of the olympic flame around the world costs a staggering 45 MILLION EUROS !!!!!  Wow!

Bit of a waste i would reckon...

 
miami1
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RE: Air Atlanta Icelandic To Carry Olympic Fire

Thu Jun 03, 2004 3:06 pm

Qantas did not carry the flame around OZ as it was not the 'Olympic Airline'. It was Ansett - who did carry it around along with it's partners.
 
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RE: Air Atlanta Icelandic To Carry Olympic Fire

Thu Jun 03, 2004 3:08 pm

I swore I read somewhere that flammable materials was not allowed inflight.....or did this change?? LOL
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RE: Air Atlanta Icelandic To Carry Olympic Fire

Thu Jun 03, 2004 4:14 pm

Regarding the transport of the flame, it was/will apparently be transferred to a special "airplane-safe" lantern for its journey(s); it won't be extinguished as far as I know. Check out the reference to its transport in this article...


^The olympic flame inside a special lantern for its flight(s).

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RE: Air Atlanta Icelandic To Carry Olympic Fire

Thu Jun 03, 2004 4:54 pm

AirframeAS - I think the olympic flame is an exception.

I remember in 2000 the Ansett 767 that flew the flame around had a special kind of flame basinette in two business class seats. Two lanterns to a seat. The basinette looked like a square with a couple of big drink holders carved into them.

By the way - Nice to see a bar on a 747!

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Alitalia7e7
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RE: Air Atlanta Icelandic To Carry Olympic Fire

Thu Jun 03, 2004 5:36 pm

The lantern is flying an ex-Alitalia 747=243B ex I-DEMV. Great to see an ex-Az aircraft in sydney tomorrow!
 
Spike
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RE: Air Atlanta Icelandic To Carry Olympic Fire

Thu Jun 03, 2004 6:35 pm

Great! Naked flames on-board. It trust it will be a smoking flight!

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