|Quoting LGA777 (Reply 3):|
If either one of these teams go all the way it could be interesting what US roles out for them.
When the Panthers were in the Super Bowl in IAH
a few years ago, US used a 762 for the team, and a 757 plus a 321 for the families and such. They also dramatically increased revenue capacity on CLT
for fans and such (beyond what is already an increased schedule for any Super Bowl).
As for what the Panthers (or Steelers) would get this year, I'd imagine the same. In fact, I'll bet they even get a new-colors 767 for a nice photo op. That being said, US has been just unbelievably short of widebodies, for two reason--that AC
has taken just way longer than expected with the 333 heavy checks, and that there have been additional birds out for unscheduled maintenance (the 767 engine problem at AMS
, the three lightning strikes at PHL
). But I still think they'd scrape up a widebody for their Super Bowl team, even if it were to cause big schedule problems. For one thing, they're probably contractually obligated to (though they've probably got an out in a situation like this), but just as importantly, it's great press. And I don't think it'll really be an issue, the widebody situation should clear up by then.
For revenue service, they've already got some 321s scheduled into DTW
for Super Bowl week just for the fans that'll go regardless of who's playing. Curiously, all the upgrades are at CLT
as of now, PHL
capacity hasn't changed, but I suspect there will be further upgrades as the date approaches.
If the Panthers made it in, I'd look for further upgrades and/or additional frequencies. And if the Redskins made it in, there'd be equipment upgrades but probably not additional frequencies due to the slot restrictions at DCA
. If the Steelers made it in, they'd bring the old PIT
route for a one-week special engagement. And if the Patriots made it in, they'd run an RJ
or three on BOS
, but only on the very peak days.
I'm the expert on here on two things, neither of which I care about much anymore.