Aren't UA the official US Olympics team carrier anyway. They used to be or has that changed?
I doubt there will be a Olympic livery, I don't think they have done so in the past (Sochi, London, etc). Remember that UA is the official airline of Team USA. They are not the official airline of the 2016 Olympic games. United can't go around using the Rio 2016 logo and what not.
You probably have no idea how right you are, I will get to that in a minute.
Most of the time, Olympics themed liveries are for carriers from the host nation. Think DL in 1996, Ansett in 2000, BA in 2012.
Being the host nation has nothing to do with it, it all comes down to who has paid the IOC for the right to be the official carrier. This is something the IOC takes seriously, to the point where you have official Olympic ***** of everything, trust me on this one, in fact, go do a quick search, there is even an space for the official Olympic egg incubator....I'm not joking.
About two weeks ago my company received a very nice letter from the IOC warning us that using the Olympic rings, the term Rio2016, RIO16 and a few pages of other stuff related to the Olympics in any way, shape or form would result in them suing us, this off course sent the legal team into a complete melt down, until it was pointed out that we in fact had not used and were not planning on using anything to do with the Olympics in our mailers, websites and social media pages.
Of course I also instructed our legal dept. to spend 5 minutes and send them a letter informing them that the use of our name and our intellectual property in connection with anything to do with the Rio 2106 Olympics would result in legal action from us....
The original link is short on details and makes no sense.
How does a delay (not cancelation) turn into a 5 day re accommodation?
Anyway, these professional athletes chose one more weekend paycheck before heading to rio. And then it would seem were on a cheapo ticket that put them in the back of the line for rebooking. One would assume that if the olympics are really important to you, better planning is in order. Good that UA found a way.
I was listening to a piece on NPR about the actual expenses of being an athlete that makes it to the Olympics, from what they were saying the US federation covers about $3000 of the expenses, after that it's down to the athlete, of course sponsorship deals help with that, but let's say you are a javelin thrower, how much sponsorship do you think they get ?
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