Mason From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 748 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7450 times:
Kind of a stupid question, I assume they charter an aircraft and crew for a season, or lease one for a couple of years. I read somewhere that NW had a few 727s for this. What about when they don't travel with the team--regular scheduled service? Anyone seen an athlete on a flight? I know some teams have their own plane, or used to. Can anyone provide some insight? Thanks.
Jared From United States of America, joined May 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 7400 times:
In my time working GA and charter planes at BOS never once did a sports team come in on anything bigger than a 727/737.
I also know that they all travel together, they don't let the superstars charter their own planes to go from city to city for the games. Maybe they would if they had to do some PR or something, but not for travelling to games.
Cap'n Dan From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7389 times:
Some smaller market teams do travel on commercial flights; I know for the NHL at least this is relatively commonplace.
On a slightly unrelated note, as to sports stars chartering their own planes, during the Sydney olympics the Canadian olympic basketball team flew down in economy class. Steve Nash (who, for those of you unfamiliar with professional basketball, is a star with the Dallas Mavericks) bought a first class seat, but then gave it to one of the taller players and went and sat in coach with the rest of the team. Talk about class!
SouthRebels From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7354 times:
MLB teams charter planes. Most teams have an official airline. Continental is the official airline of the Indians and Astro's, for obviously reasons. The Diamonbacks use America West as their official airline. As a matter of fact AWA has a 757 in the Diamondbacks paint scheme. Most teams charter some variant of the 737 or the 727. I saw the Charlotte Hornets team plane at Burke Lakefront Airport last winter. It was a 737-300 and painted with the Charlotte mascot on the side. NFL teams charter 757's and occasionally a 767 for cross-country trips.
According to the caption of the photo it say that the Cleveland Indians were aboard the plane. Now I don't know if the Cleveland Indians always use North American Airlines, but at least this one time they did
COboeing777 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 693 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7288 times:
The NY Yankees use Continental and fly into EWR When they come back home from games. I've seen them on come in an MD80 once and also a 737-800. They exit right onto the ramp directly into their waiting buses.
Sometimes players do travel by themselves on regular flights during the season. Last summer I flew out to SEA to see the Yankees play there and on my flight back to EWR was their pitcher Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez. The Yankees were still playing a game as we flew back but the reason why he was flying ahead was because he was the starting pitcher of the next game which was at home. The starting pitcher for the next game always flies ahead of the rest of the team so he can rest.