Mason
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How Do Baseball Teams Travel?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 12:56 am

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
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RE: How Do Baseball Teams Travel?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 12:59 am

There is a company called Sporthawk that has 727s that teams charter.

The Seattle Mariners came into BOS in a VERY nice 737, almost looked brand new. No wonder they did so well this season.

The Red Sox just charter an AAL plane around.

On Sporthawk I remember seeing the Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago White Sox come on on them.

Hmm..that's all I can remember.
 
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RE: How Do Baseball Teams Travel?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 1:23 am

In the book Griffey Inside And Out, on Ken Grifey Jr, they showed him boarding a 757.
 
jared
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RE: How Do Baseball Teams Travel?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 1:29 am

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.
 
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RE: How Do Baseball Teams Travel?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 2:37 am

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!
 
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RE: How Do Baseball Teams Travel?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 4:48 am

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.
 
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RE: How Do Baseball Teams Travel?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 4:55 am


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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
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RE: How Do Baseball Teams Travel?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 4:58 am

Anybody else remember the TWA757 that had the St. Louis Rams paint scheme?
 
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RE: How Do Baseball Teams Travel?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 5:06 am

http://www.airliners.net/open.file?id=172192
 
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RE: How Do Baseball Teams Travel?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 7:28 am



Atlanta Braves always use Delta.
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RE: How Do Baseball Teams Travel?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 7:43 am

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.