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Which Sports Teams Does Northwest Charters To?  
User currently offlineMSPman From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 177 posts, RR: 2
Posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1837 times:

I know they charter to all the detriot teams and to all the pro teams in Minnesota plus the Green Bay Packers and the Milwaukee Brewers.

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User currently offlineJmc1975 From Israel, joined Sep 2000, 3242 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1796 times:

They also charter for the Phoenix Suns...America West lost the contract, because Jerry Colangelo wanted use of an A320, but Bill Franke (AWA CEO) would only let them use the B737-100 (N708AW). So, they went with Northwest instead and the are using a B727-200.


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User currently offlineN312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2680 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1788 times:

Are you sure about the detroit teams?? The Wings and Tigers share a BAC-111


Fly Delta's Big Jets!
User currently offlineC72 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1768 times:

The Redwings and Tigers actually use this DC-9:
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Photo © Michael Carter



User currently offlineTan flyr From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1897 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1763 times:

Several years ago I read an article(don't remember where) about sports charters. NW was one of the leading airlines involved. At that time mostly 727-200's. They also had some sort of a program worked out at MSP maint. where the aircraft could be re-configured rather quickly for charter or line use. Seems that at that time they had 4 or 5 727s assigned to sports charters for NHL, NFL, and NBA. Hope that helps!

User currently offlineTWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1752 times:

Most of the aircraft NW uses for Team Charters are from CHAMPION AIR, which Northwest bought. so even though NWA makes the contract, Champion Air aircraft are used.

-TWA902fly



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User currently offlineN312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2680 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1744 times:

The wings and tigers HAD a BAC-111, I still think they do. I remember hearing that it got into an accident with a Gas truck on the ramp. It had structural damage.


Fly Delta's Big Jets!
User currently offlineA32 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 163 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1740 times:

Currently the sports team charters are flown by NWA mainline i.e. NWA planes, pilots, fa, etc. The only outsourcing is done for the catering onboard. The food contract was awarded seperately to an outside vendor by the individual sports teams ( you should see the size of the portions !).

Champion does fly charters on an ad hoc basis however no contracts yet with any teams that I am aware of...yet.

regards


User currently offlineAlmbluzman From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 182 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1732 times:

hello folks -
what about miami air? their 727's used to fly into mke every once in a while for sports charters. i would've thought that they would've been taking care of the brewers because the brewers usually went out from the signature flight support fbo to avoid the autograph-seekers in the terminal.

almbluzman


User currently offlineCre From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 187 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days ago) and read 1721 times:

The Brewers typically fly Midwest Express for their charters, not Northwest.

User currently offlineNWA Man From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1828 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (13 years 7 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1714 times:

I haven't found a list yet, but I know from previous articles in newspapers and news stories that NW charters for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Cleveland Browns, the Oakland Raiders, and the San Antonio Spurs.

NWA Man



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User currently offlineKMSP From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 10 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1697 times:

While I don't have a complete list of The teams NWA charters, I can tell you that they have flown....
The Detroit Lions (NFL)
The Green Bay Packers (NFL)
The New England Patriots (NFL)
The Tennessee Titans (NFL)
The Philadelphia Eagles (NFL)
The Cleveland Browns (NFL)
The Sacramento Kings (NBA)
The Tampa Bay Bucs (NFL)
The Mighty Ducks (NHL)
The Minnesota Vikings (NFL)
The Minnesota Wild (NHL)
The Oakland Raiders
And many more.

As far as fleet usage goes, NW does have a dedicated fleet of 727-200's that they have converted for charter use, and these can, in fact, be switched out for revenue use fairly quickly (as mentioned in a previous post).
NW also uses it's other aircraft for NBA, NFL, NHL charters as well. I know that the Raiders use a DC-10 all the time.


Hope this answered your question



J Edwards - KMSP
User currently offlineFlybulldog From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 368 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1689 times:

Are the charters profitable or done strictly for the prestige?

User currently offlineMlsrar From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1417 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1685 times:

I was under the impression that YX chartered for the
Bucks (NBA), Brewers (MLB) and the Packers (NFL), not NW.



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User currently offlineCle_tim From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1683 times:

The Browns had a NW 757-200 last night for OAK-CLE. Got in about 1:30 am.

User currently offlineKMSP From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 10 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1662 times:

Flybulldog asked:
"Are the charters profitable or done strictly for the prestige?"

PROFIT, PROFIT, PROFIT.

The type of people that charter commercial aircraft do not want alot of public attention. I have never seen NWA go out of their way to gloat about who they are flying around. A good example of that is when they handled "The Rolling Stones". Hardly anyone knew NWA was the charter until the tour was complete.



J Edwards - KMSP
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