Sunday, June 28, 2009

Air Canada shows off 2010 Olympic design in Seattle

Seattle-area plane spotters got the first peek at the Vancouver 2010 decorations on an Air Canada Boeing 777. The Olympic-themed livery features the psychedelic, blue and green look of the Games with stylized athletes in action. The ski jumper, however, will appear to be going backwards when the jet is in flight. Oops. Check it out here.

Delta Airlines was a sponsor of both the Atlanta 1996 and Salt Lake 2002 Games and featured bolder, simpler graphics on its jets. Air China planes showed the Beijing 2008 Games' five mascots in sport mode. Vancouver is flying fancy.

But there is a bigger story in the air. It seems Air Canada is temporarily renting space at one of its Vancouver International Airport hangars to the Department of National Defence. Defence Construction Canada is looking for a company to do $1.5 million of work by Oct. 1. Few details are included in the procurement document. Air Canada has not returned my phone calls or emails. Joint Task Force Games in Victoria and NORAD in Winnipeg are equally dumbfounded.

There must be someone in the federal government who can talk about how part of YVR will be turned into an air force base for the 2010 Winter Olympics, just like it was for World War II.

The procurement document was published June 25.

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