Delta Air Lines: Takes Team USA to Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics on First-Ever Team USA Charter Flight

At the LAX send-off event hosted by Delta, athletes walked a red carpet and boarded their plane in a private hangar.

  • Team USA athletes departed Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics on Thursday, flown on Delta’s first-ever Team USA-only charter flight.
  • Delta celebrated the team with a red carpet farewell event at LAX and created an inflight experience tailored to Team USA for USA Olympians to enjoy on their journey to compete on the biggest stage in the world. world, from February 4.
  • The global carrier will fly Team USA Paralympians to the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games on February 25 from LAX.

The thrilled Team USA athletes took off Thursday morning on a Delta charter flight from Los Angeles to get them in touch with their dream of representing the United States at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

It is the latest leg of Delta’s eight-year journey as the Official Airline of Team USA through the LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games, of which Delta is a Founding Partner. Delta will also fly the 2022 U.S. Paralympic Team to Beijing in February ahead of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, which are scheduled to begin March 4.

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Delta’s LA28 partnership begins in 2021; includes support for Team USA and access to NBCUniversal’s Olympic and Paralympic media platforms.

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The custom-painted A330-900, which will begin flying on December 18, will be assigned primarily to transatlantic and transpacific routes.

Team USA athletes typically travel on their individual schedules and do not travel as a team for the Games, Delta is taking full advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience. A350-900 flights to Beijing operate as a charter to meet Chinese government entry requirements.

“These athletes will compete and represent the United States without family, friends or fans in the stands. So we are determined to make this first Team USA-only charter an experience to remember – one where athletes will feel as special during their journey that we are proud to see them compete,” said Tim Mapes, Director of Marketing and Communications.

“Each member of the team reflects the resilience and perseverance that we have all had to dig deep to find over the past two years, and that have long been a hallmark of Delta people around the world. These shared values are why we’re especially proud to celebrate Team USA athletes on their journey to the greatest sporting stage in the world. For all of us at Delta, it’s a privilege to connect these athletes to their dreams.” added Mapes.

At Delta’s LAX send-off event, more than 200 athletes, coaches and coaches walked a red carpet and boarded their plane in a private hangar. The global carrier has also created a personalized Team USA-themed in-flight experience for athletes to enjoy en route to Beijing, including:

  • Personalized meals created by Delta Chef Partners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo – with input from Team USA nutritionists and a Team USA chef – with local, fresh, seasonal ingredients that are also high in protein. Options include a range of acclaimed Italian-American dishes like chicken cacciatore and herb-crusted salmon, as well as snacks such as individual charcuterie platters, Greek yogurt, and dried fruit.
  • New comfort kits with sustainable products focused on well-being.
  • Custom Air Hostess Uniforms which include a Team USA x Delta branded mask, shirt and apron for each in-flight crew member.
  • USA team athletespotlights presented on seatback entertainment screens featuring exclusive interviews, playlists and favorite Olympic and Paralympic moments from American athletes.
  • Handwritten messages cheers and encouragement from Delta employees, also displayed in a mural installed at LAX and digitally throughout the airport.

About Delta’s Flagship A350-900 Carrying Team USA

From enhanced cabin humidity that reduces the effects of jet lag, to ambient LED lighting that creates a soothing atmosphere, Delta’s A350-900 is packed with features to ensure Team USA arrives ready to go. compete.

Athletes too excited to rest can stay in touch with loved ones on the field through free messaging, or browse a catalog of box office hits, wellness content and award-winning shows on entertainment screens HD. When not forging new friendships with other team members on their unique charter, athletes can relax online using high-speed Wi-Fi.

The A350-900 features 32 award-winning Delta One suites, 48 ​​Delta Premium Select seats, 36 Comfort+ seats and 190 seats in the main cabin.

Delta is the official airline of Team USA on the route to Beijing 2022, Paris 2024, Milano Cortina 2026 and LA28. The partnership with Team USA reinforces the global airline’s long-standing support for sport – and its proud history of supporting Team USA at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Delta was a past sponsor of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in its hometown of Atlanta in 1996 and Salt Lake City in 2002.

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