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User currently offlineFlyLKU From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 808 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2027 times:

I am curious how many of you have run across interesting Aircraft/Airport combinations that resulted from university sports charters (and in the rest of the world perhaps professional team charters). Many U.S. universities are in medium size cities served by smaller airports and American college football teams travel with about 55 players and dozens more support staff so a 737 or A320 is typical.

This one caught my eye recently:

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/S...9/history/20081213/0610Z/KSHD/KMSP

The University of Montana chartered a Sun Country 738 for their visit to James Madison University in Virginia. They used Shenandoah Valley Regional which has a single runway of 6009 feet.

I am guessing that they returned SHD-MSP-MSO because they could not depart with full fuel due to runway length.

Anybody else run into similar charters to smaller airports with runways that were short for the for the mission at hand?


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User currently offlineDurangoMac From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 724 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 1979 times:

EV runs charters for college teams, they usually take two aircraft and more than likely usually CRJ-200's.

User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7545 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week ago) and read 1935 times:

NW charters several college teams:

This past year they did Air Force with 757-200 aircraft out of COS i would imagine they will fly them to their bowl game too.

Also NW does, some of the aircraft listed are ones that they have taken, the larger ones are typically when they go to bowl games:

University of Nebraska- LNK (Lincoln) 752/753/A333/744
University of Minnesota- MSP (Minneapolis/St. Paul) 752/753
University of Wisconsin- MSN (Madison) 752/753/A333
North Dakota State- FAR (Fargo) A319/A320
South Dakota State- FSD (Sioux Falls) is usually where they fly from. A319/A320
Kansas State University- MHK (Manhattan) A319/A320
California Berkeley- OAK (Oakland) A320/752
University of Michigan- DTW (Detroit) 752
Notre Dame- (SBN) South Bend 752

As for some of the smaller teams for instance the University of North Dakota Men's Hockey team flies on regular NW flights out of GFK.

Sun Country also frequents as does Allegiant.
University of North Dakota- football- GFK (Grand Forks)



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User currently offlineAvConsultant From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1360 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week ago) and read 1886 times:



Quoting DurangoMac (Reply 1):
EV runs charters for college teams, they usually take two aircraft and more than likely usually CRJ-200's.

I thought they only did that one time with the UGA vs LSU? UGA athletic dept said they will opt for the drive to Athens from ATL instead of going on the RJ's.


User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7298 posts, RR: 85
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1858 times:
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Texas will probably use a CO 757 (2 or 3) from AUS to the Fiesta Bowl.

User currently offlineDurangoMac From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 724 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1822 times:



Quoting AvConsultant (Reply 3):
I thought they only did that one time with the UGA vs LSU? UGA athletic dept said they will opt for the drive to Athens from ATL instead of going on the RJ's.

I think they did it for several schools. It's always a balancing act because with football players, they usually throw off the passenger index, so they usually find particular aircraft. I'm glad I'm not the one who has to figure that out.  Smile Big grin  crowded 


User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3081 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1812 times:

Going into AHN to play Georgia presents a challenge due to the 5,500 foot runway. Usually they will fly into ATL and bus it over to the campus. Sometimes, the bigger schools will order up a few CRJs to make a fast getaway after the game.

This is what Alabama did for the game at Georgia on Sep /27.

In on one 738,
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/D...6/history/20080926/2045Z/KTCL/KATL

and out on 3 CRJs.
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/A...8/history/20080928/0445Z/KAHN/KTCL
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/A...9/history/20080928/0445Z/KAHN/KTCL
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/A...0/history/20080928/0445Z/KAHN/KTCL

Tennessee did the same thing a few weeks later.





The New Mexico State football team also has it rough. The runways at LRU are weight or seat restricted, so they travel around on 3 Expressjet ERJs.

Check out this crazy trip to LWS to play Idaho.

Fly out of LRU with reduced fuel, stop at PHX and top off, then continue on to LWS.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/B...0/history/20081024/1540Z/KLRU/KPHX
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/B...0/history/20081024/1733Z/KPHX/KLWS

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/B...1/history/20081024/1555Z/KLRU/KPHX
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/B...1/history/20081024/1748Z/KPHX/KLWS

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/B...2/history/20081024/1610Z/KLRU/KPHX
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/B...2/history/20081024/1803Z/KPHX/KLWS



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User currently offlineTAN FLYR From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1908 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 9 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1809 times:

Fresno State uses Allegiant MD80 on all domestic flights. No doubt they will head from FAT to ABQ probably Thursday for Saturdays game at the New Mexico Bowl. ...GO DOGS!

( I think they use Aloha when they travel to Hawai'i)


User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8902 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1792 times:

Wake Forest has used a US Airways A320 for the past two seasons.

Ole Miss used an AirTran 737-700 this season.


User currently offlineGatorman96 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 873 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 9 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1763 times:

The University of Florida football team used an AA 752 to go to Atlanta and also to return to GNV last weekend for the SEC Championship Game. The flight continued from GNV to MIA Saturday night...

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/AAL9405



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User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3081 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 9 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1763 times:



Quoting TAN FLYR (Reply 7):
( I think they use Aloha when they travel to Hawai'i)

Yes, I remember tracking some Aloha charters to and from the island for many of the WAC teams. When Hawaii played Florida earlier this year, they flew DL commercial to ATL and then chartered WN to bring them from ATL to GNV and back, where they again flew DL back to HNL.

Now Cincinatti last week didn't mess around heading out to HNL.
,
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL9781



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