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User currently offlineCrberkley From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 61 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4015 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)

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User currently offlinePIA777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1738 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3999 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.

PIA777



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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3986 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.

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3971 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...

Greg



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User currently offlineWjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5331 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3937 times:

You probably know that last night, a CO 757 flew the Yankees from LGA-ONT, and a DL 757 flew the Angels from LGA-ONT.

Best,

Bill


User currently offlineCrberkley From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3911 times:

Bob,

Did not know that...but thanks for the info.

Do you know if the planes were special charters with reconfigured seats, or just regular planes??


User currently offlineDCrawley From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 371 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3864 times:

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 2):
The Seahawks and the Trailblazers share a 757 their owner bought

Paul's got 2 matching 757's.. lucky man!



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User currently offlineWjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5331 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3864 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.

Best,

Bill


User currently offlineHiJazzey From Saudi Arabia, joined Sep 2005, 872 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3823 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 Big grin


User currently offlineHawk44 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 759 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3808 times:

I know the panthers use a US 321 and flew into FLL a few weeks ago to play the dolphins

Hawk44



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User currently offlineAirWest From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3790 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.

Zach


User currently offlineLegacytravel From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1067 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3791 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



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User currently offlineJdwfloyd From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 837 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3775 times:

The Steelers use a US 752 or 762 when the 762 is available.

User currently offlineSCCutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5615 posts, RR: 28
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3747 times:

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User currently offlineN801DM From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 104 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3710 times:
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Quoting SCCutler (Reply 13):
The Mavs have it best- this is living.

Thanks for the kind words SC! We are in SMF today with the Mavs for the first preseason game of the year.

Other Sports Team Airplanes

Orlando Magic- B737-300
New York Knicks and Rangers B737-400
New Orleans Hornets B727-200
Detroit Pistons DC9
Houston Rockets B727-200
Cleveland Cavs B737-200
Miami Heat B727-200

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