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What Airlines Do Sumo Wrestlers Fly On? (and How?)  
User currently offlineBobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 3 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6360 times:

What airlines do Japanese sumo wrestlers fly on?
...and how do they fly? (or do they have private jets
with special seats?)



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User currently offlineFlygga From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6300 times:

Several years ago, a large group of Sumo's wrestlers came to San Jose. They flew NRT-SJC on an AA MD11 that had a specially configured interior just for that trip.



User currently offlineScorpio From Belgium, joined Oct 2001, 5042 posts, RR: 44
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6284 times:

I remember several years ago some Sumo wrestlers came to Brussels. Sabena reconfigured the interior of a 747-300 especially for that trip.

User currently offlineBobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6277 times:

This is what prompted my interest in this subject...

From another aviation forum...(mileage runner)

"Air Canada's ability to handle larger passengers was put to the test in May, when the airline flew a team of 30 Sumo wrestlers from Japan to Vancouver.


"We had to put into place all our procedures for oversize people," says Air Canada spokeswoman Renee Smith-Valade. "Because the biggest gentleman was about 420 pounds, we had to do seat-belt extensions and put three in a row where we would normally seat five."



User currently offlineTbird From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 851 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6200 times:

Greetings:

Just as long as they don't fly Southwest  Laugh out loud Could you just imagine the poor Gate Agent telling him, he must purchased another seat.

Regards
Tom


User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6203 times:

I saw a couple come thru Detroit flying in on Northwest from Nagoya a couple weeks ago.

User currently offlineSerge From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1989 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6191 times:

LOL! This has got to be one of the most unique topics I've seen for a while.  Big thumbs up

I'd hate to have the middle seat next to two of them!  Big grin

...Serge


User currently offlineMD88CAPTAIN From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1335 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6204 times:

Andre the Giant used to buy two first class seats on DAL and remove the center armrest (L1011). He was a walking mountain of a man, but very, very nice. See him in a wonderful move called A Princess Bride.

User currently offlineRyu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6148 times:

Do they attach HEAVY to the callsign specially for this case?  Smile

User currently offlineAndroid From Japan, joined Jun 2002, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6119 times:

I'am Dash-8 Rep in Japan,
One of our customers asked about a Sumo and the limit on the Pax door steps . Fortunately the Dash-8 Pax steps are rated for 400 pounds per step so he was good to go .That's my Sumo story and I'am sticking too it!
I don't know if he took the flight or not. He certainily could fit in 2 dash-8 seats with the armrest up .


User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 3 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 6089 times:

In my humble opinion...Cargolux Big grin


User currently offlineAirliner rx From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 3 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6008 times:

NWA has a sumo seat kit that is two f/c seats turned into one

User currently offlineBobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5855 times:


Konishiki arrived from Rome, Italy on an aircraft of Czech Airlines, at 5:30 PM. After the other passengers left, he descended the plane and was taken via the VIP exit through the airport.


User currently offlineKj76 From Finland, joined Aug 2001, 188 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5747 times:

I hope that someday those guys would come to Finland...I would pay BIG money to see them fly on a charter-configurated B757 with 229 seats with legroom smaller than their knees...
Finnair must be the king of bad legroom!


User currently offlineSkyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1066 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5676 times:

Speaking of Andre' the Giant, I had the occasion to have both him and Hulk Hogan on a flight to NRT years ago on one of PAA's SP's. They were giver the upper deck by themselves. Full catering as if it were full upstairs, they managed to finish just about everything by themselves! Really nice guys though.

User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (12 years 3 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5597 times:

Just as long as they don't fly Southwest Could you just imagine the poor Gate Agent telling him, he must purchased another seat.

I am pretty sure he would have to purchase a whole row of seats just to be sure


User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 3 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5568 times:

You'd think that they would charter a SUPER GUPPY  Big thumbs up

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