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Minnesota Timberwolves To London  
User currently offlineChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4110 posts, RR: 2
Posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2585 times:

Yesterday a Delta A319 spent a good part of the day at the Portland (Maine) Jetport. It came in from Minneapolis. After several hours, the plane departed once again for Iceland. A little digging told us that the flight was carrying the Minnesota Timberwolves to London.

But why an A319? And why Minneapolis-Portland-Iceland-London? Wouldn't an A330 have served the purpose better...especially for long-legged basketball players?

The Flight was 8955:

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL8955

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User currently offlinenetjetsintl From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 593 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2584 times:

Quoting ChrisNH (Thread starter):

An A330 to carry a basketball team???


User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25166 posts, RR: 48
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2574 times:

Lakers chartered an AA 777.
Los Angeles Lakers Go'in To LHR (by JDFlyVC10 Sep 30 2010 in Civil Aviation)



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User currently offlinetimf From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 969 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2565 times:
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The A319s are the designated NBA charter aircraft and are configured with basketball players in mind. They recently sent one to IST for the world basketball championship, so going to London is nothing. They simply don't need the number of seats found in a widebody aircraft for a basketball team, so fuel stops suffice.

User currently offlineburnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7539 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2487 times:

Aircraft being used is ship 3162, N362NB.

IIRC this was the sameone that went over to Europe earlier



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User currently offlineplanesailing From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 816 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2244 times:

Aircraft is on a remote stand at LGW at the moment, anyone know when it is due to depart?

User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3080 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2203 times:

Quoting planesailing (Reply 5):
anyone know when it is due to depart?

The game in London is Monday night 4 Oct. They play again on 6 Oct in Paris so would guess they would leave on the 5th.



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User currently offlinejfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8341 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days ago) and read 2089 times:
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NW has had special basketball configured planes for years, but why couldn't an A319 fly nonstop or one-stop to LGW. Stopping in Iceland seems one stop too many. From Boston to London is about 3200 miles, so Bangor, Maine to LGW has to be about 3000, an A319 with 30 people should be able to do that.

User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3080 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 11 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2056 times:

Quoting jfk777 (Reply 7):
NW had special basketball configured planes for years, but why couldn't an A319 fly nonstop or one-stop to LGW. Stopping in Iceland seems one stop too many. From Boston to London is about 3200 miles, so Bangor, Maine to LGW has to be about 3000, an A319 with 30 people should be able to do that.

It only made one stop.

The stop at PWM was a planned event,
http://fwix.com/portlandme/share/c01..._timberwolves_practice_in_portland

and the last time this issue came up somebody posted that the extra stop was due to crew scheduling so maybe the same situation again.



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