Crberkley From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 61 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 10 hours ago) and read 4427 times:
With the Yanks playing in Anaheim tonight after both teams flying across the country to get to Orange County for today's game, it got me thinking as to what planes sports teams fly on.
Does anyone know if most sports teams have their own planes, do they charter out commercial airlines planes and then retrofit them all with first class. I know some of the basketball teams have their own planes, but was curious if anyone has any insight and/or pics of sports teams aircraft.
(Sorry if this is a duplicate posting, could not find the thread anywhere)
PIA777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1738 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 hours ago) and read 4411 times:
I think they use Charter companies not commericial airlines. I have seen a 727 parked at Midway with the Texas Rangers Logo on it when they were in Chicago playing the Sox. I know the Chicago Bulls used a 727 but don't know if they owned it.
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 hours ago) and read 4398 times:
The Atlanta Hawks and Thrashers used to fly Pace, who used to do the charters for a number of pro teams. These days, the Hawks and Thrashers fly on Midwest (The irony there being Delta is the official airline of both teams.). The Dallas Mavericks own a 757 that Pace operates for them; The Seahawks and the Trailblazers share a 757 their owner bought, the Miami Dolphins have a team-owned 737 as well.
USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 hours ago) and read 4383 times:
Quoting Srbmod (Reply 2): The Seahawks and the Trailblazers share a 757 their owner bought, the Miami Dolphins have a team-owned 737 as well.
The 737 you are talking about, although painted in Dolphins colors, is not for the team's use...it belongs to the owner, Wayne Huizenga, who has a freakin' airforce of private aircraft...a 737-200, BBJ, Gulfstream, and a helicopter which he uses to fly to home games at Dolphins Stadium...there is a helipad in the parking lot there for this purpose...these aircraft are hangared at FLL when not in use...The Dolphins do not use Wayne's personal aircraft...
Chief A.net college football stadium self-pic guru
Wjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 hours ago) and read 4276 times:
The aircraft typically are not reconfigured, although if I understand correctly nobody will occupy a middle seat in coach and often folks will have their own set of seats. The 757 is a good aircraft for this kind of trip because it typically has a large f/c section when run by the majors as these two are.
I don't have any special knowledge about these particular flights however.
HiJazzey From Saudi Arabia, joined Sep 2005, 898 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 hours ago) and read 4235 times:
A regular private jet won't do, because they're too small. So I guess they charter either BBJ/A319CJs or commercial aircraft. I like the way American clubs have personalised planes painted in their colours. You don't see that often, outside the states.
I would love to see a plane painted in my team's colours: Yellow fuselage with two black stripes, black tail, and "Itti-Jet" emblazoned on the sides. That's a dream plane
AirWest From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 hours ago) and read 4202 times:
The Detroit Red Wings and Tigers have their own airplane, DC-9-51 N682RW. There are many pictures of this aircraft on a.net. It doesn't have a standard interior, but I am not exactly sure what the layout is.
Legacytravel From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1067 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 hours ago) and read 4203 times:
Midwest reconfigures their planes for sports charters. They include video tape players for the Bucks coaches. They also have the front fow of seats facing the rear of the plane, and have fewer rows of seats on those planes.
Mark in MKE