LATAM Airlines, the official airline of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the official sponsor of the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay, delivered the Olympic flame from Switzerland to Brazil and is now helping 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 showed off a special trademark identifying it as the carrier for the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay. The flame was carried on a Boeing 767-300ER non-stop flight from Geneva to the host nation, Brazil.
Flight JJ9750, which departed around 18:00 (Brazilian local time) on May 1 from Rio de Janeiro/Galeão, landed in Geneva at 1050hrs on May 2. The return flight, departed at 22:45 and landed in Brasília at 06:30 on May 3. To mark the arrival of the flame in Brazil, the flight was escorted by two fighter jets from the Brazilian Air Force (FAB).
After starting at the capital Brasília, the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay is travelling through 300 cities across the country. During this tour, LATAM will carry the torch to 13 cities on an Airbus A319 aircraft featuring 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 August 5, where the Olympic Cauldron will be lit.