ChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4166 posts, RR: 2 Posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 9549 times:
The Patriots named American Airlines as their 'official airline,' and it was just announced that the Jets named JetBlue as theirs. Yet neither carrier actually flies the team to its away games. I realize that there is more to being an 'Official Airline,' but I would also expect that any 'official' relationship would at least start with the airline flying the team to and from Away games.
YXwatcherMKE From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1026 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 9095 times:
Well Donald Driver (#80) of the Green Bay Packers has been the local spokesman for FL here in the MKE area for over a year now and the Packers have used NW for years for the charters but either were not the "Official Airline." Actually up to last year YX had been it's "Official Airline" but not last year & I did not see any mention of a "official Airline" in the game day books.
I miss the 60's & 70's when you felt like a guest on the plane not cattle like today
BlueFlyer From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Jan 2006, 4196 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 8805 times:
Quoting ChrisNH (Thread starter): I realize that there is more to being an 'Official Airline,' but I would also expect that any 'official' relationship would at least start with the airline flying the team to and from Away games.
Whether it is for the NFL, World Cup, Olympic Games or any other sporting organization out there, it is erroneous to believe that the title of "Official Carrier" has anything to do with which airlines actually move participants (and fans) to and from a game/event.
"Official Carrier" is strictly a marketing designation, nothing more. A team may fly the official carrier to an event, but that is pure coincidence.
There are plenty of official carriers that have neither the equipment (WN, B6 for NFL teams for instance) nor the network (EK as official carrier for the 2006 World Cup in Germany) to be the designated carrier, but they have the only thing that it really takes: the willingness to pay.
STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16908 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 8799 times:
Quoting Contrails15 (Reply 5): For the first time Delta has the Yankees and Mets at the same time.
But the discussion is about the NFL, and both the Jets and Giants have B6 and CO respectfully. Although I believe the Buffalo Bills are available for sponsorship, they are the only NFL franchise technically in the State of New York. That goes along with DL's strategy of not acknowledging the fact that New Jersey exists.
ChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4166 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 8725 times:
The lack of sports team liveries is probably due to a conflict over money: The airlines probably want the teams to pay something while the teams probably want the airlines to pay something. Consequently, no one does anything.
71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3090 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 8683 times:
Quoting NWOrientDC10 (Reply 11):
When did this start? AS used to provide transportation for the Seahawks.
Alaska carried the team until Paul Allen bought the team in 1997, and then they began to ride on one of his private 757s. This continued through the 2006 season after which Paul sold the jet and Hawaiian took over in 2007 and carried the team for 2 seasons ending last year. Before Alaska, the team rode UA.
Travatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2174 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 8515 times:
Not NFL, but wasn't America West not only the official airline of the Phoenix Suns, but actually had one of the old 737-100s configured in an all first class layout for the team? What I had always heard, however, in this industry you never know what's true unless you're actually on the aircraft.
Adam42185 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 416 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 8405 times:
Quoting BlueFlyer (Reply 8): "Official Carrier" is strictly a marketing designation, nothing more. A team may fly the official carrier to an event, but that is pure coincidence.
Its purely a matter of advertising on TV and in the stadium. Such things as "this kickoff brought to you by American Airlines, the official airline of the Patriots" and other strange statements like that said over the loud speaker. I always thought the kickoff was brought to you by the special teams unit and the place kicker... but hey, thats one way of doing it I suppose!
I once counted all of the endorsements around Gillete Stadium for "official sponsors" and counted 30 or so of them, ranging from official airline, to official fast food, to official car insurance, to offical......... anyways, you get the point.
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 8329 times:
The Atlanta Falcons recently named AirTran as their "official airline", as Delta did not renew their sponsorship deal with the Falcons, as they're focusing their sports sponsorships more towards baseball. I'm not sure if they're still using DL for charters, as the last Falcons charter flight was three weeks ago, and they don't have an away game until Week 3.