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How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 11:47 am

Im just kind of curious how our Olympians are getting home? Did they charter flights if so from who and what sort of aircraft?
 
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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 12:09 pm

As cheaply as possible.  Big thumbs up

There should of course be plenty of seats available considering how underwhelmed the stadia and arenas looked!!!  Big thumbs up
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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 12:15 pm

mspxjguy,
by seeing all the bags transiting to cos most are coming outta ath to either fra,bru or cdg and then onto iad,ord then home...all the bags i have seen that are official roots issued bags to the athletes all have a handled by the olympic desk bag tag attached at the usoc desk in cos...ual is the officail carrier for the us olympic teams..now whether all fly ual to the us from a euro gateway i dont know but ual donates all the air to them in return for the official carrier status....nbc used delta...have a family member that flew over from jfk on a dl chartered 777 for nbc....hope this helps....
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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 12:25 pm

Do olympians get a discount of any kind? If not, then they should.
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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 12:29 pm

I want to know how they will get through airport security with all that GOLD ....  Big thumbs up

Did they charter flights if so from who and what sort of aircraft?

Maybe the team sports did, but I know several of the gymnist were back in Texas before last week... I would think they flew commercial
 
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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 12:34 pm

QF is chartering 2 x 744's to fly ATH-SIN-SYD. they both will arrive in Sydney at 0740am on Wednesday for a welcome home ceremony held by the prime minister.
 
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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 4:07 pm

Qantas is a great airline to sponser so many (nearly 50) cultral, artistic, sporting (MANY), charity and waste management causes!

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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 4:19 pm

Ethiopian is picking up the Ethiopian athletes today. ET 1771 FCO-ATH-ADD. A welcoming celebration expected as they arrive Addis Ababa, in the afternoon.
Aslo Ethiopian sponsered the ET team, so it transported them to and from the olympics for free. They added the extra stop to ATH on their FCO flights.
 
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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 4:25 pm

I really wish the Indian Olympic contingent took a boat with no paddles and oars and never returned home. They could apply for asylum or simply disappear into the unending vastness of the Atlantic Ocean  Angry

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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 4:53 pm

The Dutch athletes will be picked up this evening by a KLM B744, registration PH-BFL. Expected time of arrival in AMS will be 18:45 p.m.


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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 4:57 pm

The British team are flying home on a chartered Cyprus Airways A330, from what I heard. Into Gatwick. Should be interesting.

Also in Kelly Holmes' home town they are planning a welcome home and open top bus for her, on wednesday, and there may be an open top bus for the whole team (like with the rugby team) through London.

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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 5:48 pm

I was in Athens for the first week fo the Olympics. Amazing experience.

Anyway, I flew on LH from LHR and LH announced it was the official airline of the German team. So I imagine LH is flying that team back to Germany.
 
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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 6:15 pm

Im still in Athens Ill be flying back to Moscow tomorrow on Alitalia. NorCalSF you are right its been an amazing experience.
 
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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 6:42 pm

Here in Italy Alitalia scheduled extra-flights from ATH to FCO/MXP, both A320 than M80.
Aeroflot777 : have a nice trip! Benvenuti a bordo!  Smile

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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 10:58 pm

Lufthansa is picking up the German athletes using their A300-600 "Donauwörth". They are arriving at this moment in Frankfurt. There is also a press reception at the moment at the airport.

Interesting sidenote:
Lufthansa used mostly their A300`s during the games from Frankfurt and Munich and even had their crews based at ATH for the duration of the games. You could apply internally for the event and there was a big rush by flight attendants and pilots to sign up...
 
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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 11:13 pm

Vimanav wrote:

I really wish the Indian Olympic contingent took a boat with no paddles and oars and never returned home. They could apply for asylum or simply disappear into the unending vastness of the Atlantic Ocean

Or maybe the Indian Olympic contingent should be punished by flying them home inside the luggage compartment a "ratty old" AI 310 with no food and no bathroom access. Further, the plane should make stops in Bahrain, Dubai, Sharjah, Doha, Ahmedabad, Kozhikode, and T'Puram before terminating in DEL.


However, in all likelihood, those perpetual losers will probably spend some time doing sight-seeing and souvenir shopping before flying home in First Class, courtesy of the Indian Govt.
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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 11:21 pm

I just heard on the news that the airport in athens is expecting almost 900 flights out today!
 
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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 11:28 pm

Delta is using three 777's, ships 7001, 7005 and 7008 to operate a total of four charters for NBC, the TV network showing the games in the U.S. Originally only 7001 and 7008 were scheduled but 7008 had a mechanical yesterday which caused to divert into JFK and then return to ATL parts unavailability. It left for ATH early this morning after repairs. Ship 7005 was ferried CDG-ATH this morning to operate the second NBC charter today. Ship 7008 will overnight in ATH and operate one of two charters tomorrow along with 7001.

SetJet, thanks for the heads up about LH and their A300. I saw the aircraft when I flew out of ATH last Thursday and knew it was not the usual equipment for their routes to Athens. I see that it was being used for the German Olympic team.

Cheers.

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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 1:43 am

So, the LH A300 landed nearly on time and was parked at a remote stand (F232). The athletes got out and had a press reception there. Later, in the terminal there was a big crowd gathered in front of the doors. Furthermore, there was a reception by the German Hockey Association for their Women's Team (they really deserved it...)

Interestingly, a Condor B767-300, D-ABUE, arrived from Athens at nearly the same time but got a gate parking stand at Terminal 2 (Gate E2). When I checked out, who was deboarding, I saw the Japanese Olympic team who were then being brought to the gate for the normal JAL departure.

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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 2:49 am

Why CY for the British athletes and not BA. The Football team always have planes with special stickers on that say 'Official Airline of the England Football Team'. There was one came into MAN yesterday. So why not the athletes?

Heaven knows they are more successful.

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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 5:49 am

Hey

are normal flying airlines sending bigger aircraft like AZ are they sending a 777?
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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 5:56 am

I wonder if Cubana (CU) will be sending one of theirs AN-24s to send the Cuban team back home?  Big grin
 
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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 6:01 am

SAA are flying their athletes home...

They were supposed to fly ZS-SAJ "Ndizani" (the colourful 747-300 SAA used for the Atlanta Games) but it has been changed to an A342...SA2004 was thee outbound flight for ATH and SA2005 is the inbound

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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 6:07 am

I believe that the Australian Olympic team were aboard Wunula Dreaming, it landed from Athens at around 5:15 this evening.

It routed LHR-Athens-LHR then back to Australia.
Leaving later this tonight.

I took this photo this evening.
http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/big/ready/VHOEJQF744LHR300804.jpg

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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 7:32 am

DAirbus:

THANK YOU!!!! I was trying to figure out what was going on with flight 9738 on ship 7008.
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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 8:21 am

Why CY for the British athletes and not BA.

Because the British training base was in Cyprus and most of the athletes were there for months before the Olympics. They then also travelled from Cyprus to Athens at different times so it made more sense to use CY than BA.
 
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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 11:13 am

For any here that care, Carley Patterson came home on DL.
 
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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 3:50 pm

All Thai medalists (3 gold, 1 silver, 4 bronze) flew first class on TG 777 ATH-BKK for the ceremony from Thai government.
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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 6:09 pm

I suppose that depends on where they come from.

The Greek seem to prefer motorcycles that tend to fall down  Big grin Big grin
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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 6:14 pm

No, Andreas, that was just a conspiracy of the evil Olympic Comittee, because these Greek athletes were so superior and we all know that nobody wanted Greece to win a gold medal!  Big thumbs up

(heavy irony BTW, so don't flame me)
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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 6:36 pm

But the IOC is only second in devilishness to those lying, cheating, medal-stealing French and Brits who probably flew home on totally unwashed AF and ugly BA aircraft...hopefully the IOC had to drive home on scheduled Greek buses!!!
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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 6:40 pm

Well, our athletes flew home with Lufthansa, so they received the service level fitting perfectly to their mediocre performance at the Olympics. Big grin
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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 6:44 pm

As long as we are still better than those brothers in arms, these Eurowhining pinko-commie, cheese-eating surrender monkeys from France and UK (for other fabulous name-giving posts see non-av forum  Big grin Big grin), I can live with it! At least they didn't get their uniforms dirty during boarding...as the French hopefully will!
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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 6:45 pm

From Athens Airport's website: http://www.aia.gr/EN/our_news/body.asp#anc76
DAILY INFORMATIVE BULLETIN for the period of the 2004 Olympic Games (24/8/2004)

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

AIA’s Facts & Figures for Monday, August 23rd


· Athens International Airport handled efficiently 659 flights

· Scheduled flights accounted for 82.5% of the total traffic, charter flights for 2.9%, while general aviation and other types of flights for 14.6%

· A total of 53,733 passengers were welcomed at our airport throughout the day (25,654 arriving passengers and 28,079 departing passengers)

· 1,955 Olympic Family members (with the exception of sponsors) were accommodated, while a total of 33,443 members have been welcomed since 12th July (arrival of the first member of the Olympic Family)

· 24,356 outbound luggage pieces passed through the airport’s baggage handling system, way below the system’s capacity of 45,000 pieces per day

 
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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 6:48 pm

Maybe nice to know that Gold-medal winner Leotien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel was flown from Amsterdam to Rotterdam by Transavia's PH-XRA. This flight was especially for her and after the flight she received a big welcome at Rotterdam as well as a voucher for 4 years of free flights with Transavia!

Cheers!
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RE: How Are The Olympians Flying Home?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 7:22 pm

The New Zealand Team are chartering a flight from Athens to LHR where they will connect onto the NZ001 flight back to AKL via LAX. They will be arriving home tomorrow at 0515.