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With another huge summer of sport coming up this year, the latest big news is that British Airways has been appointed as the official airline partner of Team GB and ParalympicsGB for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
As travel fatigue and journey times can play an important part in the preparations of world class sports stars and athletes, the duty of ensuring the medallist hopefuls arrive in Brazil refreshed and ready to compete will fall to the carrier that has a long history of supporting our national teams.
The partnership was announced at a launch event held at Heathrow Airport where athletes from a range of the new sports being introduced at the Rio games in attendance. These included Dan Bibby, who hopes to represent Team GB in rugby sevens, and Melissa Reid who is anticipating representing ParalympicsGB in the triathlon.
Bibby commented: “This is a very exciting time for rugby sevens with it coming to the Olympic Games for the first time this year. Every player dreams of being on that British Airways plane bringing a medal home.”
There is already a special welcome home arrival planned by British Airways for the 1,500 athletes and support staff when they get back to London after the Games.
The Olympic Games take place between 5-21 August and one of the other big sports being included this time around is golf. The Paralympic Games is happening from 7-18 September, and it will see both the triathlon and canoeing make their Paralympic debuts.
British Airways' Director of Customer Experience, Troy Warfield, said: “We're thrilled to once again be the official airline of Team GB and ParalympicsGB. It's an honour to fly the nation's heroes and their precious medal haul home – it's always such a monumental and proud occasion to be part of.”
British Airways was also the official airline of the last Games in 2012, as well as for Team GB and ParalympicsGB. Its responsibilities included flying athletes in to London from various training camps to enable them to compete.
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Date Created: 15/04/2016