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'Official Airlines' Of NFL Teams  
User currently offlineChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4080 posts, RR: 2
Posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 8857 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.

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User currently offlineChase From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1054 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 8781 times:

Peyton Manning is a spokesman for FL...although I'm not sure if they are also the official carrier for the Colts.

User currently online71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3057 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 8773 times:



Quoting ChrisNH (Thread starter):
but I would also expect that any 'official' relationship would at least start with the airline flying the team to and from Away games.

But then B6 could never be since they don't have the equipment needed to do the job, and neither could WN, FL, F9, AS, etc. I wonder if AA did bid on the Patriot charter schedule?



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User currently offlineChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4080 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 8533 times:



Quoting 71Zulu (Reply 2):
I wonder if AA did bid on the Patriot charter schedule?

I don't know if they did, but Delta has been providing a 763 to them for the longest time.


User currently offlineYXwatcherMKE From United States of America, joined May 2007, 963 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 8403 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.


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User currently offlineContrails15 From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 8396 times:

For the first time Delta has the Yankees and Mets at the same time.


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User currently offlineBluewave 707 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3152 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8134 times:

Hawaiian provides road charters for the Seahawks and Raiders


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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16798 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8123 times:

CO is the Official Airline of the New York Football Giants, Houston Texans and the Cleveland Browns.


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User currently offlineBlueFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3902 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8113 times:
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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.



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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16798 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8107 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.



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User currently online71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3057 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8090 times:



Quoting Bluewave 707 (Reply 6):
Hawaiian provides road charters for the Seahawks and Raiders

The Hawaiian / Seahawks deal ended after last season.

The Seahawks are now on Delta,

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL9787



The Raiders are still on HA,

last flights,

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/H...8/history/20090902/2100Z/KOAK/KSEA

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/H...9/history/20090904/0709Z/KSEA/KOAK



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User currently offlineNWOrientDC10 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1404 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8050 times:
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Quoting Bluewave 707 (Reply 6):
Hawaiian provides road charters for the Seahawks

When did this start? AS used to provide transportation for the Seahawks.

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TWA provided transportation for the St. Louis Rams


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Just out of curiosity, are there any other aircraft which have sports teams logos. The above photos are the only ones I could find for sports teams.

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User currently offlineChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4080 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8033 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.

User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7526 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8024 times:



Quoting Chase (Reply 1):
Peyton Manning is a spokesman for FL...although I'm not sure if they are also the official carrier for the Colts.

Delta is the official carrier and the Colts have for the last few years and continue to charter NW.

Quoting Bluewave 707 (Reply 6):
Hawaiian provides road charters for the Seahawks and Raiders

Seahawks are on Delta now.

Quoting NWOrientDC10 (Reply 11):
When did this start? AS used to provide transportation for the Seahawks

I don't think they have in years if they ever did, Hawaiian has had it for the past few years.



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User currently online71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3057 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7991 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.

Quoting NWOrientDC10 (Reply 11):
TWA provided transportation for the St. Louis Rams

And I guess after TWA they went to AA which they still use today, AA9433. They have alternated with NW using the B753 on longer trips in the past but have not done so yet this season.



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User currently offlineTharanga From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1854 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7965 times:



Quoting NWOrientDC10 (Reply 11):
Just out of curiosity, are there any other aircraft which have sports teams logos. The above photos are the only ones I could find for sports teams.

US has logojets of the Steelers, Eagles, Panthers and I think Cardinals; I think HP had a Cardinals logojet before that.


User currently offlineUSPIT10L From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 3295 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7930 times:



Quoting STT757 (Reply 7):
CO is the Official Airline of the New York Football Giants, Houston Texans and the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns have flown DL for as long as I can remember. Each time the Browns come to PIT, it's on a DL 763, sent to the AvCenter.



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User currently online71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3057 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7913 times:



Quoting Tharanga (Reply 15):
US has logojets of the Steelers, Eagles, Panthers and I think Cardinals; I think HP had a Cardinals logojet before that.

True, and I thought US should have done an NFL advertisement last year showing them off since all logojet teams were in the playoffs.

Quoting USPIT10L (Reply 16):
The Browns have flown DL for as long as I can remember. Each time the Browns come to PIT, it's on a DL 763, sent to the AvCenter.

The Browns switched to CO this season. They will normally be on a 753, flight 1914.



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User currently offlineTravatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2173 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7823 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.


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User currently offlineJoseKMLB From United States of America, joined May 2008, 493 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 7815 times:



Quoting STT757 (Reply 7):

Don't forget about Tampa Bay they use CO as well.


User currently offlineAdam42185 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 412 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7713 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.

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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.


User currently offlineFlaps From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1252 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7677 times:



Quoting USPIT10L (Reply 16):
Each time the Browns come to PIT, it's on a DL 763, sent to the AvCenter.

Wow. Talk about overkill on a 100 mile flight.


User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7637 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.

User currently offlinePohakuloa From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 405 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7634 times:



Quoting NWOrientDC10 (Reply 11):
Just out of curiosity, are there any other aircraft which have sports teams logos. The above photos are the only ones I could find for sports teams.

Hawaiian has them on a much smaller scale than a "logo jet".

Here is a link to the Seattle Seahawks aircraft

http://www.flickr.com/photos/southerncalifornian/2201386896/

Here are two of the past Raider Jets


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This years Raiders plane has the Raiders 50th Season logo on it. Here is a link to a picture of that aircraft.

http://hnlrarebirds.blogspot.com/2009/09/hawaiians-raiders-jet.html

Regards....



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User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1832 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days ago) and read 7598 times:
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Quoting Srbmod (Reply 22):

Last I heard, and hearing is not everything, DL has retained all of thier previous year charter agreements.



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25 71Zulu : Delta lost the Bills and Jets to CO but picked up the 49ers and Seahawks so the net is the same.
26 Burnsie28 : Actually up until this year the Browns had been flying NW for the past couple of years.
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