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ZS-GAJ to visit 52 countries, fly 31,000 miles

A close-up of the tail.  Copyright Photo: Global Aviation.

A close-up of the tail. Copyright Photo: Global Aviation.

ZS-GAJ departs from Johannesburg.  Copyright Photo: Global Aviation.

ZS-GAJ departs from Johannesburg. Copyright Photo: Global Aviation.

Global Aviation (Johannesburg) has provided more details on their worldwide tour that will visit 52 countries and fly a total of 31,000 miles.

Here is the press release:

O.R. Tambo International Airport-based fleet operator, Global Aviation, waved farewell to its newly refurbished Coca-Cola FIFA World Cup Trophy Africa Tour McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 on Sunday September 19th. The aircraft departed for Zurich to collect the famous FIFA World Cup Trophy to begin an African continent-wide, 76-day trophy tour. Mr. Daniel Rosenzweig, Global Aviation’s Commercial Director, issued a statement saying that Global Aviation is delighted to participate in a small way in this exciting event. Sponsored by Coca-Cola and FIFA, Global Aviation’s DC-9 jet will be calling at most African nations to meet representatives of Coca-Cola’s extensive African distribution network as well as government and national soccer team members. First stop after collecting the trophy in Zurich will be Cairo in Egypt, where the DC-9 will stop over for two days. A total of 52 countries will be visited and the aircraft will fly a distance of over 31, 000 miles. Total flight time is expected to 76 hours. Coca-Cola has purchased carbon-dioxide permits to ensure that the tour is carbon neutral. The aircraft has been specially configured to carry 24 passengers in a First Class layout. The cabin has been divided into three sections with the forward compartment laid out as a VIA area for TV interviews and to host both FIFA and Coca-Cola delegates and guests. A central section has been configured for passengers and a rear compartment will be used as a team changing room. Mr. Daniel Rosenzweig, Global Aviation’s Commercial Director, express his appreciation to the South African Civil Aviation Association (SA CAA) for their help and assistance in preparation of this tour. Global Aviation was founded in 2001 to provide aircraft on a contractual basis to world airlines in need of temporary capacity. The company also provides the acquisition, heavy maintenance, refurbishment and specialized passenger charter services both in Africa and other parts of the world. Global Aviation presently owns nine Douglas DC-9 aircraft, three DC-10s and one McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82).


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Global Aviation’s ZS-GAJ picks up FIFA Trophy

Copyright Photo: Adrian Arzenheimer.  A close-up of the nose.

Copyright Photo: Adrian Arzenheimer. A close-up of the nose.

Copyright Photo: Adrian Arzenheimer.  ZS-GAJ is pictured at Zurich.

Copyright Photo: Adrian Arzenheimer. ZS-GAJ is pictured at Zurich.

Global Aviation (Johannesburg) brought their McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 ZS-GAJ (msn 47730) to Zurich last night after a long ferry flight from Johannesburg. The crew arrived in Switzerland to pick up the FIFA World Cup Trophy for a world tour before the next World Cup in South Africa in 2010. The airliner wears a special “FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola” color scheme. Additional details on the world tour schedule are welcome. ZS-GAJ was originally delivered to Garuda as PK-GNO on August 13, 1976 and later served with Midwest Express Airlines (now Midwest Airlines) as N209ME. The world tour will start in Africa with the first city being Cairo. The African portion will be 76 days alone!