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U.of Buffalo Football Charter To Ohio U. Cancelled  
User currently offlineMainrunway From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 177 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2870 times:

Xtra Air 737-400 from BUF to PKB was showing delayed for awhile this afternoon and now Flight Aware is showing it cancelled. Flight Id is : CXP 312
Ohio U. hosts Buffalo tomorrow afternoon. I can't imagine why the flight was cancelled especially since the plane already flew to BUF to pick them up.. Any ideas??

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User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9488 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2788 times:

More importantly...why are they spending the money to charter a plane for a mere 400 mile trip?


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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8911 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2708 times:

Quoting STLGph (Reply 1):
More importantly...why are they spending the money to charter a plane for a mere 400 mile trip?

To minimize the time away from classes pretty much.

I know UNC, when they played Clemson earlier this year, flew RDU-GSP (205 miles) on a DL 738 and yesterday took a DL 738 RDU-CHO (157 miles, this is more excusable at least since it was a Thursday night game and allowed students to only really miss Thursday classes, or so I would hope).


User currently offlineMtnWest1979 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 2478 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2702 times:
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Kind of reminds me of Boise State chartering JetBlue today to go from BOI (Boise) to LWS (Lewiston,ID) , then bus up to Moscow(about 25 miles). A relatively short distance, but I'd take a 30 minute flight over a 6 hour drive.
What I'd like to know is that when U of Idaho or Wash State take F9 out, they fly out of Pullman/Moscow w/ their Airbus jets, so why doesn't B6 do same?



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User currently offlineVref5 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2478 times:

Quoting STLGph (Reply 1):
More importantly...why are they spending the money to charter a plane for a mere 400 mile trip?

6-7 hours each way... that'd be two days of 'lost time' when you factor in game prep, game time, meals, sleep, etc. They can also recover some or all of flight costs through not needing to book hotel rooms or additional meals if they can do it as a day trip.

Division I schools regularly use charters -- they've got the financial commitment for this kind of thing at this level. In fact, this is expected of the typical Div I school and mentioned at time of joining Div I. I know this as my alma mater recently switched several sports programs from Div III to Div I.

One of the conditions of acceptance into Div I was that they had to guarantee a minimum budget (which was significantly higher than for Div III) for various aspects of the athletics department including a stated expectation of greater amount of longer distance travel. Mostly for recruiting, though, in my alma mater's case.

Particularly useful when short plane trips cuts down on amount of lost time, which can then be better leveraged for planning meetings, practices, watching 'film', classes, recruiting, etc.


User currently offlineUSAIRWAYS321 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1848 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2462 times:

Quoting MtnWest1979 (Reply 3):
Kind of reminds me of Boise State chartering JetBlue today to go from BOI (Boise) to LWS (Lewiston,ID) , then bus up to Moscow(about 25 miles). A relatively short distance, but I'd take a 30 minute flight over a 6 hour drive.
What I'd like to know is that when U of Idaho or Wash State take F9 out, they fly out of Pullman/Moscow w/ their Airbus jets, so why doesn't B6 do same?

No idea...USC and Cal both flew into Lewiston and bused up to the Moscow Best Western when they came to play WSU this year. None of it makes a lot of sense. I could maybe understand the latter two using LWS because I'm sure they have more equipment and fuel on board from California than Boise State did, but WSU left from PUW when they flew to Auburn in September.


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