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Whynot: US Airways Cardinals And Steelers Fly By?  
User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11208 posts, RR: 52
Posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3302 times:

The Superbowl typically has a flyby of military jets to get the crowd fired up before the game. This year, as we all know, the game will be played by the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers, two of the 4 teams who have US Airways planes flying their colors. On top of that, the game will have a small ceremony celebrating the heroics of a US Airways pilot. If that wasn't enough, the Steelers even arrived on US Airways aircraft.

So, here's my whynot: why not have the US Airways Cardinals and Steelers A319s do the flyby to kick off the game? Would have been incredible exposure for the airline, and it would have been highly relevant to what was going on.

Is this a non-starter, or an opportunity lost?


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User currently offlineContrails15 From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3283 times:

Good idea, but I just think they would want to stick with tradition with having a military fly over. The super bowl is board casted all over the world and with that a military fly over seems more fitting even though the US Airways crash was world wide news. Just my opinion but like I said, good idea.


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User currently offlineJayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3272 times:

I think that would be a great idea. How cool and what a great marketing idea.

User currently offlineAltairf28 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3153 times:

It would be cool but unlikely for all the reasons mentioned plus the flight restrictions around the stadium today. Also, the Cardinals plane is a West 319 and the only West flights that they send here are 320's (2xPHX, 1xLAS) so I'm not sure it's ever been here. The Steeler plane (an East 319) was here last Sunday but I'm not sure of any other day. Was at the airport today and was surprised to not see either the Steeler plane or WN's Arizona One.


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User currently offlineDalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2534 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3120 times:

The bigger obstacle is US Airways isn't a sponsor. Pan Am pulled a flyby when they purchased the first 747. It was Dallas on New Years Day. They did a flyby of the Cotton Bowl. AA was the sponsor of the game and was really ticked. That is why there is no TV coverage of it, only a photo taken by a newspaper guy.

User currently offlineRafflesKing From Singapore, joined Mar 2007, 314 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2982 times:

Because anytime we have a chance to salute the troops, we should.

I do love the thought though - perhaps US should have just ferried them to the stadium parking lot instead  cheerful 

I personally would have preferred the Eagles jet over the Cardinals jet though.


User currently onlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21514 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2960 times:



Quoting Altairf28 (Reply 3):
plus the flight restrictions around the stadium today.

Which would have been a non-issue.

-Mir



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User currently offlineAirPortugal310 From Palau, joined Apr 2004, 3579 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2857 times:

I think the more obvious answer would have been that the planes were tied up doing other things: aka making money flying pax around.

I feel like logistically getting both planes there for the event would have taken some interesting work in flight planning.



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User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11208 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2798 times:



Quoting AirPortugal310 (Reply 7):
I feel like logistically getting both planes there for the event would have taken some interesting work in flight planning.

Not with a little planning. At least one of those planes goes through TPA regularly. (I was just on the Steelers plane on Wednesday, in fact.) You'd be surprised just how many different cities each individual plane hits in a week, and with a little planning, you can ensure that a plane will appear in a particular place. Scheduling would not have been a problem.

And it's not like I'm suggesting they fly revenue flights... Ferry them in, fly by, ferry them out. Cheaper than a Superbowl commercial, but way more exposure.



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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 49
Reply 9, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2787 times:



Quoting Dalmd88 (Reply 4):
The bigger obstacle is US Airways isn't a sponsor.

I think there is your answer.



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User currently offlineJkudall From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 615 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2749 times:

I'm not saying it wouldn't be cool, but...

The obvious answer is they aren't a sponsor. You aren't going to get any publicity at the Super Bowl unless you shell out some serious money. Unless of course, you are recognizing the crew of flight 1549.

Secondly, I see the flyby as more of a patriotic thing (partly because it is done at the end of the national anthem), and US military aircraft instills a much bigger sense of pride and patriotism than a US Airways Airbus ever would.


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