Delta Air Lines has unveiled a Team USA-inspired aircraft livery prior to Beijing 2022 ©Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines has unveiled a custom aircraft livery to celebrate its eight-year partnership with the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC).

Athletes are set to be transported by charter flights, provided by Delta, from Los Angeles International Airport to China prior to next month’s Beijing 2022.

As the USOPC’s official airline, Delta will also manage travel for US Olympians and Paralympians heading to Beijing 2022, Paris 2024, Milan Cortina 2026 and Los Angeles 2028.

"Even through a global pandemic, Team USA athletes have endured and thrived in pursuit of the Olympic and Paralympic dream," said Bill Wernecke, managing director of charter operations at Delta.

"We are proud to carry this extraordinary team into competition and we look forward to being the first to welcome them home."

Delta has revealed a Team USA-inspired A330-900 aircraft that has been designed in collaboration with the airline’s in-house creative team, Window Seat.

Nearly 600 employees were in attendance as Delta chief executive Ed Bastian unveiled the aircraft livery alongside Los Angeles chairperson Casey Wasserman.

Olympic champions Apolo Ohno and Vonetta Flowers were also on hand, alongside figure skater Amber Glenn, Para Nordic skier Dan Cnossen and Para swimmer Mallory Weggemann.

"The team opted for a clean, classic design to promote the partnership between Team USA and Delta," said Shane Edwards, product and experiential design manager at Delta.

"The Team USA logo is prominently featured, along with a blue gradient that represents the sky and 'rise to the top' with a grounding red element representing the resilience needed to get there."

Six athletes set to compete at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics have received support from Delta Air Lines ©Delta Air Lines
Six athletes set to compete at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics have received support from Delta Air Lines ©Delta Air Lines

Delta has also partnered with six athletes on their journey to Beijing 2022.

Glenn, short track speed skater Maame Biney and Alpine skier Breezy Johnson have been chosen by Delta along with Cnossen, fellow Para Nordic skier Oksana Masters and sled ice hockey player Jen Lee.

"I’m very proud to partner with Delta on the road to the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games," Cnossen said.

"Its support is invaluable, especially as I approach my third Paralympic Games, and it is very exciting to see how they will celebrate Team USA through the new livery design.

"Delta is all about helping people’s dreams take flight, whether you’re an Olympic or Paralympic athlete or an everyday traveller.

"This plane is one of many ways Delta will bring the Olympic and Paralympic spirit to life in the air and on the ground - and as an athlete, I’m honoured to be a part of this journey."