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Sports Teams And Chartered Airplanes

Sat May 27, 2006 3:29 pm

First of all, I'd like to congratulate the Carolina Hurricanes for absolutely pounding the Buffalo Sabres 4-0 tonight with a solid effort from everybody. GO CANES GO!!!  Smile

Now to the aviation-related part:

It has become somewhat of a tradition in Raleigh for the diehard Hurricanes fans (known better as the Caniacs) to greet the team at the airport in the early morning when they get back from a great road win in the playoffs. This started in 2002 when the Canes took care of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Eastern Conference finals and then carried on to the final round against the Detroit Red Wings. That tradition sparked up again this year as the Canes have once again gone deep into the playoffs. Tonight, after their decisive win, they arrived back to RDU on a Pace Airlines B732. Unfortunately, the light was too low to get any good pictures, but the reg was N251TR for those interested. (I found a few other pics in the database, even one from the Montreal series earlier this playoff year and another from a few years back when the division rival Atlanta Thrashers were onboard)

It's actually quite a big deal, as around 300 people show up outside the DOT hangar at 1AM. The Hurricanes even mention it on their front page, giving directions and parking instructions, apparently given to them in a letter from the RDU Airport Authority. The local news has even done a story on flightaware.com and how the fans use it to find out when the team is arriving. People show up to cheer as the players get off the plane and drive away in their really nice cars. For example, Justin Williams drives an Aston Martin Vantage...not bad...

What kinds of airplanes do other sports teams own/charter, and does anybody know of any other neat traditions that fans have which take place at the airport?

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RE: Sports Teams And Chartered Airplanes

Sat May 27, 2006 6:53 pm

Speaking of hockey, when the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Washington Capitals for their Stanley Cup in the 1997-98 season, Pro Air snuck the Red Wings home on of our flights instead of their normal mode of transportation, their BAc-111 (at the time, the DC9 came the next season). The fans lined up around their hangar area at PTK (correct me if I'm wrong, suppose it could be DTW) to greet the team when the plane arrived, but the team was already back on the ground at DET. Brilliant move coordinated by us to help the team, and the fans who were on the regular flight from BWI-DET were quite happy as well!

As far as other ways, planes, etc. that teams are flying around, if you do a search, sure there will be lengthy threads started about each sports league (NFL, College Football, NASCAR, NBA, MLB, NHL, etc.). World Cup Soccer wise, the US team flew WN from BNA-CLE the other day as seen on ESPN last night...Not sure who they are flying across to Germany next week.

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RE: Sports Teams And Chartered Airplanes

Sat May 27, 2006 11:35 pm

Quoting CptSpeaking (Thread starter):
What kinds of airplanes do other sports teams own/charter, and does anybody know of any other neat traditions that fans have which take place at the airport?

The Thrashers and Hawks have been using Midwest for several years now (This past season, the Hawks occassionally used Champion whenever Midwest's charter ops were maxed out [Midwest does charters for quite a few sports teams]), which is funny since Delta is the airline sponsor for all four of the major sports teams in Atlanta (The Georgia Force, our Arena Football team, has AirTran as a sponsor). The Braves and Falcons use Delta for their charters.

Our ECHL team, the Gwinnett Gladiators, who are in the Kelly Cup Finals, found out who their opponent was @ 3:15 am the day before the first game of the finals and had quite a task to get the entire team to ANC. It cost the team around $40,000 to send the team to ANC. Considering that their travel budget for the regular season was around $50,000 (most of their games they travel by bus), that's quite a chunk of change (the ECHL gave them $5000 to help with travel costs). If the Glads can win 2 of the 3 at home next week, they'll have to fly back to ANC again. The only way this could have been worse is if it was the Florida Everblades who were in the Finals, that would be one hell of a road trip. Article detailing the Gladiators' trek to the Last Frontier:

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RE: Sports Teams And Chartered Airplanes

Sun May 28, 2006 12:23 am

One of the best I saw was in Manchester, New Hampshire. The Toronto Raptors played a pre-season game against the Boston Celtics at Manchester's Verizon Wireless Arena. The Raptors flew YYZ-MHT aboard an Air Canada A320, which was decorated in U2s 'Vertigo' scheme (the plane U2 used during parts of the Vertigo tour). Air Canada got the plane back temporarily while the band had a string of dates for which the Airbus wasn't called for, and it was at MHT for a day, doing the Raptors' charter here.

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RE: Sports Teams And Chartered Airplanes

Sun May 28, 2006 12:27 am

Here in the UK the English football team use BA aircraft. For their long haul flights it is usually a 777 and for European flights a 320. BA have a total of five aircraft (2 x 777, 2 x 320 and 1 x 319) painted up with 'Official Airline England Football Team' titles. The 777 is pictured below flying LTN-DXB for a five day R&R layover before it then flew the team to the 2002 World Cup Finals in Japan / Korea. The pictured 320 is completing a MAN-LTN-FAO (collecting some players at MAN, some at LTN) taking the team to a training camp on the Portuguese Algarve prior to this years World Cup in Germany (for which the team flies out of LTN on 5 June).

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RE: Sports Teams And Chartered Airplanes

Sun May 28, 2006 1:23 am

During the World Baseball Classic this past March, for the Asian Teams (Japan, Korea), MLB chartered two JAL 747-400s. I had to meet the inbound charters in PHX, and fly w/the Korean team from SAN to NRT while a colleague of mine flew a couple of days later w/the winning Japanese team. One funny thing - both aircraft were initially set to be w/Shell Flat seats, but w/the livery currently being phased out. When the Japanese team won, they were able to get one of the new livery planes, which was in LAX, to sub, so that the winning team could arrive on an aircraft w/the updated logo. Was a WAY COOL experience!
 
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RE: Sports Teams And Chartered Airplanes

Sun May 28, 2006 2:06 am

In the UK,a lot of football sides use Scot Air 328 turboprops.They i think,are the most used airline for Premiership side charters.
I think Portsmouth FC frequently use Air Atlantic ATR42`s.
Have also seen Eastern Saab 2000`s operate into CWL with teams for Millenium Stadium matches.
 
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RE: Sports Teams And Chartered Airplanes

Mon May 29, 2006 6:04 am

Well I'm actually sorry to see the Canes win because we were the primary flight crew for the Sabres all season long we also flew the San Jose Sharks.

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RE: Sports Teams And Chartered Airplanes

Mon May 29, 2006 11:49 pm

Most NASCAR drivers have their own bizjets that they use to move around.

NASCAR teams tend to use either airplanes owned by the race teams typically consisting of King Airs, EMB-120s, Beech 1900s, Saab 2000s, etc. (the "NASCAR Air Force") or chartered commercial aircraft. I've seen Miami Air, NW, and Champion Air operate charters for race teams in the past, as well as whichever company operated the Braniff-livery 727. There was even a Champion 727 in Mansfield, OH for the Truck series race this weekend!

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RE: Sports Teams And Chartered Airplanes

Tue May 30, 2006 12:53 am

Quoting DeltaRules (Reply 8):
NASCAR teams tend to use either airplanes owned by the race teams typically consisting of King Airs, EMB-120s, Beech 1900s, Saab 2000s, etc. (the "NASCAR Air Force") or chartered commercial aircraft.

I am not sure about F1. However the now defunct Minardi team was owned by Paul Stodart who also owns European Air Charter. Hence:

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Finally Qantas painted up one of their 747s in F1 colours for the Australian Grand Prix a few years back:

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