Dalb777 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2192 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3334 times:
I saw on FlightAware that DL Flt. 9903 went from BTR to ATL today, so I'm assuming that this is the LSU football team going to Atlanta for the Peach Bowl.
I have two questions:
1. How much does it cost to charter a plane such as a DL 767-300?
2. Does the airline choose what type of plane to send for a charter, or does the team request a certain aircraft? I know that one issue is the amount of pax it can hold, but a 767-300 seems awfully big when a 757-200 could have easily done the job for this operation.
Geaux Tigers! Geaux Hornets! Geaux Saints! WHO DAT!!!
OttoPylit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3301 times:
If I'm not mistaken, charter's can cost a pretty penny, anywhere from $100,000-$500,000 and up depending on airlines, aircraft, and distances.
Usually, many teams will demand a certain type of plane. Usually 757 or more likely 767 be sufficient. This is because they sometimes travel with lots of audiovisual equipment and sometimes even their own training equipment. And they like to give the players, coaches, staff, and family(if accompanied) plenty of room to spread out. I know a certain airline that chartered for a certain team one year and for some reason chartered in a 150 seat 727 for 150 players and coaches. That was one unhappy team on the return. It was made clear that from that point on, if that airline expected to charter the team ever again, there would be nothing short of a 757 scheduled. Teams don't like it when people have to be seated in middle seats for a few hours before playing, and when the equipment barely fits in the cargo hold, making it much easier for airline crews to damage it unloading because of the cramped quarters.
Not to mention the food. Those people get enough food on one plane to feed a small third world country. Fresh meals served onboard, a grab bag of food to eat before and just after takeoff, little munchie bags in each seat with goodies inside, fresh fruit available at any time, and all the carb-loaded drinks you can imagine. lol
I believe a team charted a UAL 777 from MCO-HNL for a Bowl game and it ran close to $500,000 for the distance and aircraft, in case that gives you a clue.
HPLASOps From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3231 times:
HP handles the UNLV and ASU charters and just from experience, last season, UNLV was using 757s (and cool to see places like MSN and TNS on the pbt sheet those nights) and this season they decided to go with A320s. UNLV is not a huge program by anyone's standards, but that was just something I noticed.
AirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3141 times:
During the regular season, most major colleges charter the smallest plane available, I seen the University of Washington football team arrive at Mesa's Williams-Gateway on a Casino Airlines 737 a couple of years back. Now for the major bowl games, since there is so much money involved, and the college president and his group comes along it requires a larger plane, but not always. Ohio State arrived in Phoenix yesterday on a ATA 753, and Norte Dame arrives today on a NW 752. Texas didn't charter a plane for the players to the Rose Bowl since the players make more money traveling on their own, they receive the per diem and full fare costs. Now the Texas delegation will arrive I believe on Thursday on a widebody. So Cal comes out really ahead since they didn't have to travel this year, what does a Greyhound cost?