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LATAM delivers the Olympic Flame to Brazil

LATAM Airlines, the official airline of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the official sponsor of the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay, has successfully carried the Olympic flame from Switzerland to Brazil and will now aid the transport of the torch on a relay across the country.

The aircraft was the first to feature LATAM Airlines’ new logo and the aircraft also featured a special trademark identifying it as the carrier for the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay. The flame was transported on a Boeing 767-300ER non-stop flight from Geneva to the host nation, Brazil.

Flight JJ9750, which departed around 18:00hrs (Brazilian local time) on 1st May from Rio de Janeiro/Galeão, landed in Geneva at 10:50hrs on 2nd May. The return flight, departed at 22:45hrs and landed in Brasília at 6:30hrs yesterday morning (3rd May). To mark the arrival of the flame in Brazil, the flight was escorted by two impressive fighter jets from the Brazilian Air Force (FAB).

After reaching Brasília, the country’s capital, the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay will travel through 300 cities across Brazil. During this tour, LATAM will carry the torch to 13 cities on an Airbus A319 aircraft, which will feature the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay logo. LATAM Airlines will deliver the Olympic Flame to; Teresina, Palmas, São Luís, Imperatriz, Belém, Macapá, Santarém, Boa Vista, Manaus, Rio Branco, Porto Velho, Cuiabá and Campo Grande.

The Olympic Torch Relay will last 95 days and will culminate in the opening ceremony at the Maracanã stadium on 5th August, where the Olympic Cauldron will be lit.  

As is customary, the Olympic Torch will be lit when it reaches Brasília, while the Olympic flame (which never goes out) will be transported in the passenger cabin. To reduce the risk of the flame extinguishing, it was kept alight in four closed lamps, fuelled by kerosene.

A special support structure, developed to safely secure the lamp, was used to carry the flame on the aircraft’s seat and this prevented it from moving during the long flight. This safety precaution was specially adapted in addition to the plane’s usual fire safety standards whereby all the seats and carpets in the aircraft are lined with non-flammable fabric, which helps impede the spread of flames.

The flight crew consisted of four pilots and nine flight attendants, who are among the most experienced in the airline and were individually selected to operate the Boeing 767-300ER. All professionals are trained according to international flight safety standards and were briefed specifically on transporting the flame and each lamp was accompanied by a member of the Rio 2016 Olympics Organising Committee.

The flight carried 100 passengers, including members of the Rio 2016 Olympics Organising Committee, LATAM Airlines executives and athletes.

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