Air International 2006-08
T.Allett - World Cup Airlift /Commercial/
Aircraft from all over the world visited Germany, bringing in players, officials, sponsors and fans for the World Cup. One of the most colourful aircraft visiting for the tournament was TAAG Angola Airlines' Boeing 747-357 (M), D2-TEB, which is pictured arriving at Hanover on June 10, 2006. Unfortunately for Angola, its football team was knocked out at the group stage.
Sporting Options, a London-based sports travel specialist, chartered two A320s and an A321 from bmi to take fans to the England game against Ecuador on June 25, 2006. Deposits were paid in advance to ensure the company had access to aircraft for England's games in the knock-out stage of the tournament.
A great many general aviation movements were handled by all those German airports accepting World Cup traffic. This Embraer Legacy, G-REUB, was one of 60 such aircraft that visited Stuttgart Airport for the England game on June 25, 2006.
This Hola Airlines Boeing 757-256, EC-ISY, was wearing Royal Spanish Football Federation titles when it arrived in Stuttgart for Spain's game with Tunisia on June 19, 2006.
Emirates sponsors a number of sporting events. For the FIFA World Cup it was an official partner and painted additional markings on the rear fuselage of this Airbus A330, AB-EKY.
Lufthansa painted up a number of aircraft with footballs on their noses to celebrate the World Cup. One such was Boeing 737-530, D-ABIT, which is pictured at Munich with the German national football team arriving for the opening game on June 9, 2006 against Costa Rica.
Pictured just after arriving in Germany for the World Cup is the Australian football team, which are also known as the Socceroos. They flew into Stuttgart courtesy of a Qantas Boeing 747-400.
Stuttgart Airport received 70 aircraft for the England versus Ecuador game on June 25, 2006. English fans are pictured getting off a Jet2 Boeing 737 on the morning of the game.