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User currently offlineNWA757300 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 299 posts, RR: 2
Posted (6 years 8 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5130 times:

This is the latest information on NWA providing VIP charter service for the NBA/NHL.

Northwest has entered into an agreement with the National Basketball Association (NBA) to provide exclusive charter service to sixteen NBA teams for the next ten years. As part of that agreement, the NBA will have the use of seven A319 aircraft, which will be reconfigured to provide 54 first class seats, club seating with three tables and handheld IFE devices.

The teams initially participating are:

Atlanta Hawks
Minnesota Timberwolves
Charlotte Bobcats
New Jersey Nets
Cleveland Cavaliers
Orlando Magic
Golden State Warriors
Philadelphia 76ers
Indiana Pacers
Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
L.A. Clippers
San Antonio Spurs
LA Lakers
Seattle Sonics
Memphis Grizzlies
Washington Wizards

Additional NBA and other sports teams may join the program as the season progresses...

During the off season NW will reconfigure the aircraft for regular scheduled passenger service. When NW operated these charters in the late 90s they were with the 727. This was a very successful program for NW in the late 90s and there was talk of having a dedicated fleet for VIP charters at one time. Hopefully Delta will build this program.

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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 8 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5095 times:

I would not be surprised if the Atlanta Thrashers end up using NW as well since they have the same ownership as the Hawks. They've been using YX the last few seasons (both teams were at one point). The 76ers and the Flyers have common ownership as well, so it is not surprise to see them both using NW. There are a few other NBA & NHL teams with common ownership as well

Raptors and Maple Leafs (Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment) They use AC for their charters
NY Knicks and Rangers (Madison Square Garden L.P.) They have their own 737-400
Nuggets and Avalanche (E. Stanley Kroenke). Not sure who they use for charters.


User currently offlineJlbmedia From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 623 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 8 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5065 times:
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Are most of the above listed teams now using Champion Air? If so Champions closure forces many teams to change as NW is ramping up a sports charter division. It makes for a smooth transition of the groups charter needs.


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User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4898 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (6 years 8 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5064 times:



Quoting Jlbmedia (Reply 2):
Are most of the above listed teams now using Champion Air? If so Champions closure forces many teams to change as NW is ramping up a sports charter division. It makes for a smooth transition of the groups charter needs.

I believe the problem with Champion Air is that sports teams were leaving them...



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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 8 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5046 times:



Quoting Jlbmedia (Reply 2):
Are most of the above listed teams now using Champion Air? If so Champions closure forces many teams to change as NW is ramping up a sports charter division. It makes for a smooth transition of the groups charter needs.

Champion is the current airline contracted by the NBA to provide charters. The contract expires at the end of the season and the NBA did not renew the deal with them, instead they signed a deal with NW, who had the deal at a point previously. As a result of this loss, Champion is shutting down, as this deal was their main source of income.


User currently offlineJlbmedia From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 623 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 8 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4934 times:
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Quoting Srbmod (Reply 4):


Champion is the current airline contracted by the NBA to provide charters. The contract expires at the end of the season and the NBA did not renew the deal with them, instead they signed a deal with NW, who had the deal at a point previously. As a result of this loss, Champion is shutting down, as this deal was their main source of income.

So I was almost on target with my assessment. I will miss the Champion 727s at PHL though! John.



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User currently offlineHowSwedeitis From Sweden, joined Jul 2007, 586 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 8 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4842 times:
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Quoting NWA757300 (Thread starter):
Seattle Sonics

Soon to be the Oklahoma City Sonics unfortunately...

Plus, if the NBA uses NWA for the next ten years, then they are really using Delta for the next 9 years right?

-HSII



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User currently offlineWorldTraveler From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 8 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4837 times:



Quoting NWA757300 (Thread starter):
Hopefully Delta will build this program.

DL does a significant amount of sports charters but they do them all on their regular passeell the nger aircraft. I would bet they could sell the VIP charters to lots of other teams in other sports and to companies.

I fully expect this program will only grow.

Good for NW for finding a creative way to make money.


User currently offlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7767 posts, RR: 27
Reply 8, posted (6 years 8 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4720 times:



Quoting Srbmod (Reply 4):
Champion is the current airline contracted by the NBA to provide charters. The contract expires at the end of the season and the NBA did not renew the deal with them, instead they signed a deal with NW, who had the deal at a point previously.

The major reason for the NBA not wanting to renew the contract was because of the aging 727 fleet. They wanted newer, quieter, more comfortable aircraft - something that Champion simply didn't have the resources to obtain.

Quoting WorldTraveler (Reply 7):
DL does a significant amount of sports charters but they do them all on their regular passeell the nger aircraft. I would bet they could sell the VIP charters to lots of other teams in other sports and to companies.

I fully expect this program will only grow.

Yup. It would be interesting to see if they could find a way to keep this program going into the summer by entering into a contract with Major League Baseball - to keep a dedicated fleet year-round of VIP configured aircraft.


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