KLM Shares AvGeek Delight of Return Flight for Olympic Team

Hi AvGeek pals! Y’all got to see this.

Many airlines have done great things to mark the flight bringing their Olympic champions home, but this one is just a particularly thrilling ride.

The Dutch Olympic athletes flew on #Orangepride a livery dedicated to promoting the culture of The Netherlands which was revealed this past King’s Day and is a delicious blend of sky blue and orange.

KLM’s complementary brand.

Did you know that because these two colours are complementary KLM’s blue turns orange and its orange turns blue? Check it:

More Gold

British Airways decorated the VIP charter aircraft bringing the British athletes with a gold nose cone assigned it flight number ‘BA2016’ and  emblazoned ‘victoRIOus’ on the side as well as the ‘#greattobeBAck’ hashtag which both the fans and athletes were encouraged to use on social media.

British Airways
British Airways unveil ‘victoRIOus’ the aircraft bringing Team GB and ParalympicsGB back from Rio Taken: 15th August 2016 Picture by: Stuart Bailey / British Airways

Alex Cruz, Chairman and CEO of British Airways, said: “We’re excited to be bringing the athletes home ‘happy and glorious’ following the Games! victoRIOus is a very fitting name, reflecting the great pride we have for our sporting heroes, and is a great play on words too.”

Iberia didn’t let its team down with VIP service onboard and a really nice cake.


The German Olympic team returned home, at Frankfurt Airport on a Boeing 747-8 specially branded in a custom “Olympia Siegerflieger“ design.

Lufthansa Siegerflieger

KLM’s partner Air France put together an entire YouTube series of the French team’s journey to Rio and back home again.

And Schiphol Airport did its part for the Dutch team’s arrival:

Welcome home all Olympic champions!

Marisa Garcia

After working for sixteen years in aviation, specializing in aircraft interiors design and aviation safety equipment, and getting hands-on with aircraft cabins in hangars around the world, Marisa Garcia turned her expertise into industry insight. She has been reporting on aviation matters since 2014. Every day, she's putting words to work.

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