LATAM Airlines, the official airline supporter of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, is also the official supporter of the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay, with the special honour of delivering the Olympic torch from Geneva to Brasília on 3 May.
In a special operation, the airline is flying a Boeing 767-300ER to carry the flame, which will travel in a non-stop flight. The aircraft is the first to feature the new visual identity of LATAM Airlines, and carry a special identification in reference to the to the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay.
Flight JJ9750, which departed around 6:00p.m. (local time) on 1 May from Rio de Janeiro/Galeão, will land in Geneva at 10:50a.m. (local time) on 2 May. The return flight, after the flame is carried on to flight JJ9751, will leave at 10:45p.m. (local time) and is scheduled land in Brasília at 6:30a.m. (local time) on 3 May. To mark the arrival of the flame in Brazil, the flight will be escorted by two fighter jets of 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, also featuring the logo of the Olympic Torch Relay: 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 end at the opening ceremony that will light the pyre at the Maracanã stadium on August 5, 2016.
As is customary, the Olympic Torch will be lit only when it reaches Brasília, while the Olympic flame, which never goes out, will be transported in the passenger cabin. The flame will burn in four closed lamps fueled by kerosene.
A special support structure developed to safely secure the lamp will be used to carry the flame on the aircraft’s seat. This will prevent it from moving during the long flight. Note that all the seats and carpets in the aircraft are, by default, lined with non-flammable fabric, which helps impede the spread of flames.
The flight crew consists of four pilots and nine flight attendants, who are among the most experienced in the airline to operate the Boeing 767-300ER. All professionals are trained according to international flight safety standards and were briefed specifically on transporting the flame. Each lamp will also be accompanied by a member of the Rio 2016 Olympics Organising Committee.
The flight will carry about 100 passengers, including members of the Rio 2016 Olympics Organising Committee, LATAM Airlines executives and athletes.