c5load From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 917 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3416 times:
Not quite sure where this topic belongs, but I'm sure the mods will move it to the correct place. When baseball teams (or any pro sports team) flies to their next game, is there a dedicated single airplane that the team leases or owns to use, or do they pay the local airline to use one of their airplanes? A few weeks ago I posted a thread about the Oakland A's charter and it was just a no name chater airline, but when I checked about the Chicago White Sox coming to BWI, i think I found on flightaware that they may have used an A320 from UA.
Also, when teams go to Canada for games, do they go through the normal Customs process that we go through? I would think not since I wouldn't imagine pro teams walking through an airport like everyday civilians. Thanks guys!
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kcm572 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3299 times:
Depending on the team, they either own there own planes or charter from an airline. I know that the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings share a MD80 (N682RW). For TSA, they actually have some of the security staff certified as TSA agents and they screen them at the stadium. They then take the team bus right to the plane. As for baseball players going thru customs in Canada, not quite sure how it works going into Canada but since the only team is the Toronto Blue Jays, they have US Customs screen the players before leaving YYZ.
legion242 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3278 times:
Here in DFW, all of our sports teams except the Cowboys have their own planes. The Rangers and Stars share a 727 and Cuban owns a 757 for the Mavericks.
The Rangers recently played in Toronto and their was a big stink because one of the pitchers didn't bring his passport and was not allowed into Canada. I got the impression from sports talk radio that the players do not go through immigration like you and I but there is something set up at the GA terminal.
SPQR From Canada, joined Jun 2011, 113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3193 times:
Most (if not all) Canadian hockey teams and some US NHL teams use AC Jetz (a charter division of AC that uses all J seating A320s for sports teams, band tours and corporate flights). As there are only 5 or 6 planes under Jetz, they normally don't stay for the duration of a team's visit to another city as there are other charters to be handled. Some of the NHL teams do have their own plane, or at least one that they share with a related team (e.g. the Detroit Red Wings share a plane with the Tigers, both are owned by Mike Ilitch)
71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2832 times:
No NFL team has an exclusive or private plane any more, I guess the last exclusive was the Raiders' N593HA and the last team owned plane was the Seahawks' Paul Allen 752.
The Oakland A's recently have used Cuban's N801DM (752) or a 762 from Swift; the Rangers also use Swift. The Rockies have a 727 but they also used Miami Air, the Tigers fly on N682RW, the rest of MLB use standard aircraft from the airlines.
Quoting simairlinenet (Reply 4): Was the dispute a few years ago about Canadian airlines (i.e., Air Canada Jetz) flying domestic U.S. revenue flights resolved or is it still outstanding?
Yes, that has been resolved. AC Jetz flies all the Canadian NHL teams as well as the Carolina Hurricanes and Los Angeles Kings.
burnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7834 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2743 times:
Kings flew DL last year, typically onboard the VIP configed A319. There is no specific aircraft per team, however, the FA's are asssigned certain teams, pilots are any and all, no special group for the charters.
As for NHL teams that DL flies, I don't have the updated map but on the list is
yvphx From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 264 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2309 times:
Phoenix Coyotes utilize a 727 N698SS. It is flown by Paradigm Air based out of Dallas, TX. The aircraft is currently based at PHX, awaiting its next fait as either the Phoenix Coyotes plane, or someone else. Great pics on A.net if people are interested!